Arizona's Graham Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and UCLA's Peszek Named Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- ARIZONA junior Deanna Graham and UCLA freshman Samantha Peszek have been awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Feb. 7-13, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Junior Deanna Graham was a leading contributor for the Wildcats in the 2010 season. Graham earned first team All-Conference accolades and was the lone Wildcat to compete in the NCAA Championships. Despite battles with illness and injury this season, Graham posted a season high all-around score of 39.250 to lead the Wildcats in a dual meet against North Carolina State this past weekend. Graham, a native of Tucson, Ariz. was a major contributor to the team's new season high score of 195.550, as she finished first or second in each event competed in. This meet was an excellent example of Graham returning to her true form, as Arizona defeated No. 24 NC State on the road.

This is Graham's first Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor and 12th in Wildcat history.

In her collegiate debut, freshman Samantha Peszek scored a 9.9 to tie for first place on uneven bars at the IGI/Chicago Style. Peszek, who has not competed on bars in a meet since the 2008 Olympics, was originally scheduled to just do an exhibition routine on bars, but was placed in the lineup after warm-ups and hit a 9.9 to help the Bruins score a season-high 49.275 on the event. She had missed all five of UCLA's previous meets this season after suffering a foot fracture in early January.

The Special Performance of the Week nod is Peszek's first of her career and UCLA's 13th all-time.

Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week:  Beaté Jones, ASU; Alicia Asturias, CAL; Leslie Mak, OSU; Shelley Alexander, STAN; Sam Walior, WASH; Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA.

Special Performance of the Week:  Madison Snowden, ASU; Mariesah Pierce, CAL; Britney Ranzy, OSU; Miranda Russell, ARIZ; Kristen Linton, WASH; Alyssa Brown, STAN.

2011 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 12 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA, Jan. 18 - Leslie Mak, OSU, Jan. 25 - Shelley Alexander, STAN, Feb. 1 - Allyse Ishino, STAN, Feb. 8 - Aubree Cristello, ARIZ, Feb. 15 - Deanna Graham, ARIZ.

2011 Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week: Jan. 12 - Olivia Vivian, OSU, Jan. 18 - Olivia Vivian, OSU, Jan. 25 -  Ashley Morgan, STAN, Feb. 1 - Miranda Russell, ARIZ, Feb. 8 - Nicole Pechanec, STAN, Feb. 15 - Samantha Peszek, UCLA .

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