Pac-10 Gymnastics Weekly Honors Announced

Feb. 17, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD’s Nicole Ourada and UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week, respectively, for the week of Feb. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Both gymnasts were models of consistency over the weekend: Ourada attained her second consecutive victory in the all-around and Zamarippa vaulted the second perfect 10 of her collegiate campaign. The distinctions mark the second time each gymnast has won her weekly nod this season.

Ourada, a senior from Germantown, Wisc., showcased dominance over the apparatuses and huge competitive spirit in winning the all-around against Conference- and top 10-rival OREGON STATE and UC Davis. Edging teammate Carly Janiga and Oregon State’s Mandi Rodriguez, both potential Pac-10 Championship all-around contenders, Ourada set the pace with a score of 39.5. One of three to be honored on Stanford’s Senior Day, Ourada tied her season-bests of 9.925 on both bars and beam. The beam performance scored a full half-point higher than last week, when Ourada set a Conference- and career-high 39.625 in the all-around.

Freshman Vanessa Zamarripa earned her second perfect 10 of the season on vault with a flawless Yurchenko layout full, helping UCLA tie its season-best 49.525 on the event. The team score ranks as the seventh-best team total in school history. Zamarripa is the only gymnast in the nation to score a perfect 10 on vault this year, as well as the only gymnast to score multiple 10s on the same event. The O’Fallon, Ill., native currently ranks second in the nation on vault with a RQS of 9.915, but she holds the nation’s highest season average on the event with a 9.929. She has four vault wins on the year.



Gymnast of the Week: Sarah Tomczyk, ARIZ; Beaté Jones, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA.

Special Performance of the Week: Briana Bergeson, ARIZ (BB); Kaitlynn Bormann, ASU (UB); Bridgette Glass, CAL (V); Jami Lanz, OSU (BB, FX); Allyse Ishino, STAN (BB, UB); Ashley Houghting, WASH (FX, V).


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.

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).

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