Rodriguez Earns Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week

Feb. 23, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa and Oregon State senior Mandi Rodriguez were selected as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for Feb. 15-21, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

For the second-consecutive week, Zamarripa earns Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. The O'Fallon, Ill., native won the all-around (39.675), vault (9.925) and floor (9.95), and was second on bars (9.925) and beam (9.875) as the ninth-ranked Bruins upset then-No. 3 Oregon State, 197.375-196.325. The team score was the highest score in the last five years for UCLA. Zamarripa won her third-straight all-around competition, tying a career high in the all-around. For the season, she has scored a 9.9 or greater on 15 of her 26 routines across all apparatuses.

This is the third-career weekly honor for Zamarripa and UCLA's Conference leading 29th all-time Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week selection.

Rodriguez, a native of Baldwin, Calif., executed the best beam routine of her career, earning a career-high 9.90 to win the individual title. Rodriguez added a 9.925 on the vault, to tie for the individual title with Zamarripa, and finished with a 39.325 in the all-around. With Sunday's 9.9 on beam, Rodriguez owns career-highs of 9.90 or better on all four events.

This marks the fourth-career Pac-10 Special Performance honor for Rodriguez and Oregon State's ninth all-time selection.

Gymnast of the Week:
Mary Atkinson, ASU; Madisyn O'Brien, CAL; Olivia Vivian, OSU; Carly Janiga, STAN; Hatsune Akaogi, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Madison Snowden, ASU; Avery Gee, CAL; Alyssa Brown, STAN; Mizuki Sato, UCLA; Samantha Walior, WASH.

2010 PAC-10 GYMAST OF THE WEEK: Jan. 12 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Jan. 19 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 26 - Makayla Stambaugh, OSU; Feb. 2 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Feb. 9 - Ashley Morgan, STAN; Feb. 16 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Feb. 23 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA.

2010 PAC-10 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: Jan. 12 - Britnie Jones, ARIZ; Jan. 19 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Jan. 26 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Feb. 2 - Brittani McCullough, UCLA; Feb. 9 - Becky Colvin, OSU; Feb. 16 - Anna Li, UCLA; Feb. 23 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU.

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