Gymnasts Honored at Athletic Board luncheon

June 12, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Women's gymnastics captain Carly Janiga was honored Thursday at Stanford's most prestigious student-athlete awards function -- the Stanford Athletic Board Awards Luncheon -- by being selected as Stanford's Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

The award is presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes herself in conference competition. Janiga was among three honorees in that category, along with field hockey's Camille Gandhi and members of rowing's national champion varsity eight boat.

Janiga dominated at the Pacific-10 Conference championships March 21 at Maples Pavilion, earning three first-place finishes, including the all-around title. Janiga scored 39.575 points, her collegiate career best, and scored no lower than 9.85 in any event.

Janiga, a junior, repeated as Pac-10 balance beam champion, tying her career best of 9.95, Stanford's highest score of the year, and tied for the uneven bars title at 9.90. Janiga went on to finish second in the NCAA on the bars, Stanford's highest NCAA finish in any event since 2001.

In addition, seven-time All-American Nicole Ourada capped her long list of accomplishments by earning a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. Each year, the conference awards 40 scholarships of $3,000 each to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically. Four are awarded to each school, with two each to males and females. Ourada, a human biology major, carried a cumulative grade-point average of 3.35.

Alex Pintchouk, a Cardinal gymnast from 2005-08, received the Summer Institute for General Management Scholarship for Student-Athletes. Pintchouk, a Stanford graduate student in sociology, is one of two recipients this year, along with former men's soccer player Galen Thompson. The award is a full scholarship.

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