Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs Selected Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week

March 17, 2009

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA freshman Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs was selected the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for the third time this season. Hopfner-Hibbs guided UCLA to a come-from-behind win over No. 12 Nebraska on Sunday, capturing the all-around with a score of 39.5.

The freshman from Toronto, Ont., won the all-around for the fourth time this season and also won the floor exercise with a career-high 9.95, helping UCLA overcome a 0.65 deficit heading into the last rotation and lifting the Bruins to the win by a margin of 0.775. Her floor score led the way to a team season-high total of 49.575 on the event, a mark that is UCLA's highest on floor in four years and the ninth-highest in school history. It also is the nation's second-best high score on the exercise. In addition, Hopfner-Hibbs tied for third on vault (9.875) and placed third on beam (9.825) in a pressure-packed situation, competing after the Bruins already had two falls. Hopfner-Hibbs leads UCLA with a season average of 39.294 in the all-around and ranks 15th in the nation with a RQS of 39.355.

The Gymnast of the Week nod is Hopfner-Hibbs's third this season and UCLA's 26th all-time.

Arizona State senior Tiana Jean earned Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors after scoring a 9.95 on beam and 9.9 on floor on Friday against Nebraska.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Gymnast of the Week: Colleen Fisher, ARIZ; Nicole Harris, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Jami Lanz, OSU.
Special Performance of the Week: Bree Workman, ARIZ (V); Bridgette Glass, CAL (BB); Leslie Mak, OSU (BB, UB); Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA (V, FX).

2009 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 13 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 20 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 27 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Feb. 3 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Feb. 10 - Nicole Ourada, STAN; Feb. 17 - Nicole Ourada, STAN; Feb. 24 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Mar. 3 - Beaté Jones, ASU; Mar. 10 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Mar. 17 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA.
2009 Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week: Jan. 13 - Aisha Gerber, UCLA (BB); Jan. 20 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU (FX); Jan. 27 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA (V); Feb. 3 - Leslie Mak, OSU (BB, UB); Feb. 10 - Leslie Mak, OSU (UB); Feb. 17 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA (V); Feb. 24 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA (V); Mar. 3 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU (V, FX); Mar. 10 - Leslie Mak, OSU (UB); Mar. 17 - Tiana Jean, ASU (BB, FX).

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