Ishino, Russell Earn Weekly Gymnastics Honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD senior Allyse Ishino and ARIZONA senior Miranda Russell have been awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Jan. 24-Jan. 30, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Allyse Ishino, a fifth-year senior out of Santa Ana, Calif., set a collegiate career-high with an all-around score of 39.475,  in Stanford's 196.825-196.500 dual meet victory over No. 4 Utah. In addition, she nabbed the top podium finish in uneven bars and balance beam with a score of 9.90 on each event. Ishino's beam mark ties her all-time best and helped Stanford break a tie score going into the final rotation.

This is Ishino's second Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor and 21st in Cardinal history.

Russell, a fifth-year senior hailing from Oshkosh, Wis., helped lead the Wildcats in their victory against No.14 Boise State 195.375-194.400. She competed in three events, taking first in uneven bars and floor, and tying for second in vault. In just her third meet, after a two year struggle with a knee injury, Russell has proven to be a leader for the Wildcats this year. She played a key role in the GymCats upset  of the Broncos.

The Special Performance of the Week nod is Russell's first of her career and Arizona's third all-time.

Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week:  Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Christina Salavec, ASU; Madisyn O'Brien, CAL; Leslie Mak, OSU; Brittani McCullough, UCLA; Ruby Engreitz, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week:  Madison Snowden, ASU; Dallas Crawford, CAL; : Melanie Jones, OSU; Ashley Morgan, STAN; Tauny Frattone, UCLA; Haley Bogart, WASH.

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