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2008-03-04 gymofweek Russell
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 04, 2008
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ?CArizonaˇ?s Miranda Russell? has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for February 26-March 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

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Russell, a sophomore from Oshkosh, Wis., brought on the desert heat against Washington in the teamsˇ? final Conference dual of the season. In her fifth go at the all-around competition this year, Russell scored a career-high 39.400. With the mark, Russell earned her first all-around win of the season and improved her four-event tally by nearly an entire point from her first 2008 competition in January (38.425). The result launched her into the individual Top 5 (RQS) in the Pac-10ˇ?s all-around rankings.

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Russell surpassed the 9.8 mark and matched or set personal bests on every apparatus, earned second place in three event contests, and paced the Wildcats to three season-high scores.

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In the first rotation of the meet, Russell stuck a 9.85 vault. Three other ˇ®Cats matched Russellˇ?s second-place mark: the high number and great depth earned the Wildcats a season-high 49.175.

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On beam, Russell, whose average on the apparatus is only 9.453, was awarded a blistering 9.825 (second place) after she nailed her routine. Another 9.85 on bars gave Russell her third second-place finish of the night.

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?Finally, on floor exercise Russell once again charted the ˇ®Cats to the teamˇ?s best mark of the year -49.400 - with an individual 9.875.

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On the heels of Russellˇ? dynamite meet, Arizona reached a season-high final mark of 196.3 that bested the Huskies and catapulted the Wildcats into the fourth position in the Conference.

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This is Arizonaˇ?s second gymnast of the week award this year with Karin Wurm winning earlier this season and Arizonaˇ?s ninth win of all time.

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