Jan. 12, 2009
Olympic gold medalist Monique Henderson and All-American golfer Tiffany Joh are two Bruins among the 21 San Diego-area athletes who will be honored at the 63rd annual Viejas Salute to the Champions dinner on Wed., Feb. 18 at the Town and Country Hotel's Grand Exhibit Hall. The event is put on yearly by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Henderson, a Morse High alumna, won her second career Olympic gold medal as the third leg of the victorious U.S. 4x400 relay in Beijing. In 2004, Henderson won her first gold medal in the same event in Athens. As a collegian at UCLA from 2002-05, Henderson won NCAA titles in the 400m (2005) and the Distance Medley Relay (2002). She was also a four-time Pac-10 champion, sweeping the 2005 Pac-10 200m and 400m races.
A three-time collegiate All-American, Joh won her second U.S. Amateur Publinks title last June after playing on the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup Team. In May, she tied for first individually at the NCAA Championship before falling in a playoff. In 2006, she was voted the Pac-10 Newcomer of the year. In 2007 she won the Pac-10 individual title and in 2008 she was voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year. The UCLA senior carries a 3.4 cumulative grade point average in Communications and is a two-time selection to the All-Pac-10 Academic Team. Joh graduated from Rancho Bernardo High in 2006.
Other UCLA athletes from San Diego high schools honored as Stars of the Month are Donna Kerr, softball, Patrick Henry; Katie Rulon, water polo, USDHS; Tanya Gundy, water polo, Rancho Bernardo; Tim Murphy, baseball, Rancho Buena Vista; Boldizsar Kocsor, University City, track and field; Brittany Rowe, water polo, University City; Nelson Rosario, football, El Camino (for his high school track season in the spring); and UCLA alum Hannah Jun, golf, Torrey Pines (for her pro season).
Four athletes will also be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame: former NFL stars Marshall Faulk and Eric Allen; former MLB standout Floyd Robinson and Ivan Stewart, an off-road motor sports icon.
For more information to attend the Salute Dinner, please call 619-699-2313.