UCLA's Hopfner-Hibbs Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week

Beavers' Vivian Named Pac-10 Special Performer of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA junior Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and OREGON STATE junior Olivia Vivian have been awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Jan.5-12, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Competing in the all-around in two meets last weekend, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs averaged 39.1125, with a high of 39.55 coming on Sunday to win the Pac-10 Showcase. Hofpner-Hibbs' 39.55 is tied for the highest in the nation so far this season. The Bruin junior also won the beam and floor titles at the Pac-10 Showcase, scoring 9.95 on each event. The 9.95 on floor tied her career-high mark, and her 9.95 on beam included a perfect 10 from one of the two judges. The Toronto, Ontario native also tied for first place on uneven bars at Utah, scoring 9.8, and placed third in the all-around and on vault.

The Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor is the fifth in Hopfner-Hibbs's career and 31st in Bruin history.

Vivian, a native of Perth, Australia, performed a near-flawless uneven bars routine at the Pac-10 Showcase to finish Oregon State's busy back-to-back weekend scoring a career-best 9.950 to win the event title. Vivian's score improved her career mark by a half-tenth. On Friday, in a dual meet against LSU, Vivian scored 9.875 on the bars to win that individual title as well.

This is Vivian's first Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honor and 11th in Beaver history.

The Bruins face Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm MT. The Beavers host Ohio State Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm PT.

Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Beate Jones, ASU; Alicia Asturias, CAL; Leslie Mak, OSU; Allyse Ishino, STAN; Hatsune Akaogi, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Mary Atkinson, ASU; Madisyn O'Brien, CAL; Ashley Morgan, STAN; Monique De La Torre , UCLA; Kristen Linton, WASH.

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