March 1, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Katie Matusik has been recognized by the Pacific-10 Conference as Special Performance of the Week the week of Feb. 21 through Feb. 27 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Matusik, a junior out of McKinney Texas, is being recognized for her contribution to Arizona’s win over BYU this past Saturday via a nearly perfect beam routine.
After a not so characteristic floor score, the Wildcats were down by 0.3 going into the last event: beam. After several strong routines, Matusik closed the event, earning a new career high score of 9.925. Matusik’s score enabled the Cats to earn a season high beam score of 49.200 – the highest event score of the night – and pull ahead of the Cougars for the victory.
Matusik has a history of being a strong beam worker for the team, emerging as a freshman as one of the Cats’ most consistent beam workers, and continuing her performances into her sophomore year. As a junior, Matusik seems to be hitting her stride; this is her second score of 9.90 or better this season. Matusik earned a 9.90 on the event in the home meet against the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Matusik’s Special Performance of the Week Award is her first, and Arizona’s 4th. Matusik joins three other Wildcats in her recognition this season: junior Deanna Graham (Gymnast of the Week Feb. 7 – 13), sophomore Aubree Cristello (Gymnast of the Week Jan. 31-Feb.6), and senior Miranda Russell (Special Performance of the Week Jan. 24-30).
The Wildcats hope to capitalize on this talent and consistency this coming weekend in a tough competition against No. 8 UCLA and No. 6 Georgia at Pauley Pavillion.
Gymnast of the Week: Aliza Vaccher, WASH; Danielle Ikoma, STAN; Molly Quirk, ARIZ; Leslie Mak, OSU.
Special Performance of the Week: Britney Ranzy, OSU; Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Kristen Linton, WASH; Ashley Morgan, 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, Feb. 22 - Ruby Engreitz, WASH, Mar. 01 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA.
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, Feb. 22 - Tauny Frattone, UCLA, Mar. 01 - Katie Matusik, ARIZ.