Feb. 8, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Aubree Cristello has been recognized by the Pacific-10 Conference as Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 the Conference announced today.
Cristello, a sophomore from Glenville, NY, led the Wildcats to their third consecutive win in the home meet against the University of Illinois-Chicago this past Friday. This meet was Cristello's third meet competing all-around for the season, and it was her first meet competing completely healthy.
Cristello proved to be a powerhouse for the team, earning a career high 9.850 on vault to help the team earn a season high vault score and tie for first place, a career high 9.875 to tie for first on bars to contribute to the team's best bar performance for several years, a 9.775 to take second on balance beam, and a nearly perfect score of 9.90 on floor to take second place and round out the meet with a career high all-around score of 39.400.
These scores also place Cristello in the Arizona Gymnastics record books to tie for the tenth best all-around performance in Arizona history, as well as ranks her No. 27 in the nation.
Cristello was one of the Cats' most consistent gymnasts in her freshman season, hitting 49 out of 51 routines, and earned Pac-10 1st team All-Conference accolades in the all-around. She is continuing this trend this season, despite an early on shoulder injury, posting 12 scores of 9.700 and above, and breaking her previous all-around best (39.175) by 0.225 tenths.
Cristello's Gymnast of the Week Award is her first, and is Arizona's 11th. This is Arizona's second consecutive week in the Pac-10 Spotlight, as Cristello is following Russell's Special Performance of the Week award from the week of Jan. 24 through Jan. 30.
This coming Saturday Cristello should be competing all four events once again, as the Wildcats head out east to North Carolina State University.
Gymnast of the Week:Beaté Jones, ASU; Alicia Asturias, CAL; Brittany Harris, OSU; Ashley Morgan, STAN; Haley Bogart, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Madison Snowden, ASU; Mariesah Pierce, CAL; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Katie Matusik, ARIZ; Sam Walior, WASH.
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.
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.