Hopfner-Hibbs Selected Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 12, 2010

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs was selected the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 4-10, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Hopfner-Hibbs, a sophomore from Toronto, Ont., won the all-around with a 39.375 as the fifth-ranked Bruins defeated No. 2 Utah, 196.6-192.125. In its first meet of the 2010 season, UCLA hit all 24 routines in competition, and Hopfner-Hibbs recorded one of the team's scores of 9.9 or higher and three of UCLA's 15 scores of 9.8 or higher. The reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Hopfner-Hibbs won the floor exercise with a 9.925. Nationally, her score on the floor exercise tied for the highest score for opening weekend. She also tied for first on the balance beam with a score of 9.875.

This is the fourth-career weekly honor for Hopfner-Hibbs and UCLA's 27th all-time Gymnast of the week selection.

Also receiving weekly honors was Arizona's Britnie Jones, who earned Special Performance of the Week acclaim.

Gymnast of the Week:
Makayla Stambaugh, OSU; Ashley Morgan, STAN; Hatsune Akaogi, WASH
Special Performance of the Week: Laura-Ann Chong, OSU; Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Samantha Walior, WASH

2010 PAC-10 GYMAST OF THE WEEK: Jan. 12 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA

2010 PAC-10 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: Jan. 12 - Britnie Jones, ARIZ

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