March 16, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Arizona senior Sarah Tomczyk earned league honors this Tuesday when she was recognized as Pac-10 Special Performance of the week.
Tomczyk led the Wildcats in their final rotation on floor last weekend against the then No. 24 Minnesota Gophers. She posted an impressive score of 9.95, winning the meet as well as earning a new career high in her final regular season home meet.
“I am so proud and so thankful to have had Sarah on my team. She didn’t have to come back this year, and I’m so glad she did. She has been such an asset to this team and such a great leader; what a great way to end a great career.” Ryden said.
During the meet, Tomczyk earned a 9.850 to take second place on vault, and a 9.775 to take second place on bars. Tomczyk also helped the GymCats earn a season high team score on beam of 49.150 with a score of 9.700.
Tomczyk’s scores also contributed to the Wildcat’s third consecutive win as well as a new season high team score of 196.175.
“I was very proud of the team tonight,” Ryden said, “I think we are making the right improvements, and I couldn’t be happier that the fans got to see Sarah finish off with a great last home meet.”
Also honored this week was UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa. Zamarripa earned a career high all around of 39.7 to lead the Bruins to victory over Michigan State and Cal State Fullerton. This was Zamarripa’s fourth career honor for the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week selection.
From here Arizona heads to a tri-meet in Colorado to take on No. 19 Denver and the University of California.
Gymnast of the Week: Deanna Graham, ARIZ; Mary Atkinson, ASU; Mariesah Pierce, CAL; Makayla Stambaugh, OSU
Special Performance of the Week: Mariesah Pierce, CAL; Becky Colvin, OSU; Tauny Frattone, UCLA
2010 PAC-10 GYMAST OF THE WEEK: Jan. 12 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Jan. 19 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 26 - Makayla Stambaugh, OSU; Feb. 2 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Feb. 9 - Ashley Morgan, STAN; Feb. 16 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Feb. 23 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Mar. 2 - Allyse Ishino, STAN; Mar. 9 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Mar. 16 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA
2010 PAC-10 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: Jan. 12 - Britnie Jones, ARIZ; Jan. 19 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Jan. 26 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Feb. 2 - Brittani McCullough, UCLA; Feb. 9 - Becky Colvin, OSU; Feb. 16 - Anna Li, UCLA; Feb. 23 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Mar. 2 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Mar. 9 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Mar. 16 - Sarah Tomczyk, ARIZ