Five Bruin Gymnasts Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

April 1, 2010

Five UCLA gymnasts were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic gymnastics team for 2010 - second-team honorees Aisha Gerber and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and honorable mention selections Mizuki Sato, Allison Taylor and Niki Tom.

Gerber, a sophomore from Cambridge, ON, holds a 3.62 cumulative GPA. A two-time All-Pac-10 honoree on beam, she has hit 24-for-25 routines this season and averages 9.813 on vault, 9.784 on bars and 9.745 on beam. Hopfner-Hibbs, a sophomore from Toronto, ON, has posted a 3.41 cumulative GPA. A first-team All-Pac-10 honoree on vault, beam and floor, she has hit 28-for-29 routines on the year, including one for a perfect 10 on beam. Hopfner-Hibbs averages 9.825+ on the three events she has regularly competed this year, averaging 9.878 on floor, 9.856 on vault and 9.825 on beam.

Sato (Fair Oaks, CA) and Tom (Northridge, CA) are repeat selections to the honorable mention team and are joined for the first time by classmate Taylor (Dallas, TX). Sato tied for second on balance beam at the Pac-10 Championships and recorded a career-high of 9.95 on beam at Georgia on Mar. 6. Tom has posted career-highs on both beam and floor this year with scores of 9.9 and 9.875, respectively. Taylor has also recorded her career-high on bars this year with a 9.85 at Fullerton.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

2010 Pac-10 All-Academic Gymnastics Teams

First Team
Mary Atkinson, ASU, Jr. - 3.54, Bioscience
Karen Cain, WASH, Jr. - 3.82, Political Science
Ruby Engreitz, WASH, So. - 3.66, Architecture
Carly Janiga, STAN, Sr. - 3.78, Psychology
Stephanie McGregor, OSU, So. - 3.98, Pre-Bioengineering
Kahoku Palafox, ASU, So. - 3.69, Sustainability
Miranda Russell, ARIZ, Jr. - 3.66, Spanish
Brittany Schuett, ASU, Jr. - 4.00, Speech/Hearing Science & Psychology
Sarah Tomczyk, ARIZ, Sr. - 3.51, English
Olivia Vivian, OSU, So. - 3.66, Liberal Studies
Samantha Walior, WASH, Jr. - 3.72, Finance
Tenaya West, STAN, Sr. - 3.49, Human Biology

Second Team
Haley Bogart, WASH, Jr.- 3.47, Business Administration
Laura-Ann Chong, OSU, Sr.- 3.22, Exercise & Sport Science
Aisha Gerber, UCLA, So.- 3.62, Undeclared
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA, So.- 3.41, Undeclared
Danielle Ikoma, STAN, Jr.- 3.66, Biology
Allyse Ishino, STAN, Sr.- 3.29, Human Biology
Britnie Jones, ARIZ, So.- 3.40, Undeclared
Kristen Linton, WASH, Jr.- 3.44, Law, Societies and Justice
Leslie Mak, OSU, So.- 3.39, Pre-Business/Marketing
Callie Price, ASU, So.- 3.57, Kinesiology
Blair Ryland, STAN, Sr.- 3.37, Human Biology
Whitney Watson, OSU, Sr.- 3.29, Applied Visual Arts

Honorable Mention: Shelley Alexander, Jr., STAN; Kaitlynn Bormann, Sr., ASU; Amanda Cline, So., WASH; Anna Epps, So., WASH; Avery Gee, Jr., CAL; Sophia Hocini, Sr., CAL; Shana Johnson, So., CAL; Alexandra Leggitt, So., CAL; Nicole Pechanec, So., STAN; Kelly Reilly, So., ASU; Mandi Rodriguez, Sr., OSU; Mizuki Sato, Jr., UCLA; Allison Taylor, Jr., UCLA; Niki Tom, Jr., UCLA

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