NCAA Championships Blog - Event Finals
April 18, 2009
Competing for the Bruins tonight are Vanessa Zamarripa on vault, beam and floor; Ariana Berlin on bars; and Brittani McCullough on floor. Zamarripa is the fifth competitor on vault, the 10th on beam and the fourth on floor. Berlin is last on bars, and McCullough is second-to-last on floor. Brittani just did a dance-through on floor, and after her big dance section, just as she did her finger snap, Georgia's Courtney Kupets, who was standing nearby, exclaimed, 'She's fierce!' Now Vanessa is trying to do Kupets' choreography on floor and got a high-five from the all-around champ when she finished her dance-through.
Earlier today, at the tournament banquet, the All-Americans were honored. Five Bruins earned a total of eight All-America honors - 5 for Zamarripa (1st-team in the all-around, vault, beam and floor; 2nd-team on bars), 4 for Berlin (1st-team in the all-around and bars, 2nd-team on vault and floor), 4 for Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (2nd-team in the all-around, vault, bars and floor), and 1 each for McCullough (1st-team on floor) and Niki Tom (2nd-team on floor). All five are first-time All-Americans.
Zamarripa is one of just six Bruins ever to earn five All-America honors in a season and the first freshman to do so since Tasha Schwikert in 2005. The other Bruins with five All-America honors in a season are Schwikert (2005), Jamie Dantzscher (2003 and 2002), Onnie Willis (2001), Lena Degteva (2000) and Heidi Moneymaker (1999)
Congratulations also go to the 12 Bruins who made the Director's Honor Roll in Winter Quarter - Kaelie Baer, Ariana Berlin, Tauny Frattone, Aisha Gerber, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Tiffany Hyland, Talia Kushynski, Brittani McCullough, Alyssa Pritchett, Mizuki Sato, Niki Tom and Vanessa Zamarripa.