Feb. 1, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona senior Miranda Russell has been recognized by the Pacfific-10 Conference for the Special Performance of the Week, the league office announced today.
Russell led the team with an impressive performance this past weekend, contributing to the Cats' defeat over the Boise State Broncos. Russell earned a spot on the podium for all three events she competed, taking first on bars and floor with twin scores of 9.850, and second on vault with a 9.825.
"Miranda's performance this last week truly was special. We are all really proud of the long road back, and the fortitude she has shown throughout her journey," head coach Bill Ryden said of the honor. "Miranda has been a rock for the team this year, and we couldn't be more proud of her dedication to get her back to this place."
This award is Russell's second from the Pac-10; her sophomore year she received conference honors as Gymnast of the Week for the week of February 26-March 3, 2008. She was recognized for her performance in an Arizona hosted meet against the University of Washington.
In her junior year, Russell hurt her knee, causing her to red shirt one season and begin a two year battle with the injury. This season is the first since the injury that Russell has been able to compete in any event except for bars. Not only has she continued to be strong on that event (last week scoring a career high 9.9) but she has also become a regular in the vault and floor lineup.
From here, the Wildcats will continue to use Russell in these events as they host their annual Flipping for the Fight meet against the University of Illinois-Chicago. The meet will be held this Friday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the McKale Center.