March 2, 2009
Senior diver Marisa Samaniego (Altadena, CA/Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) of the UCLA swimming and diving team was selected as the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for Feb. 23-Mar. 1.
Samaniego capped off her conference career in grand fashion with a Pac-10 title on 1M on Thursday in Federal Way, WA at the Pac-10 Championships. This was her first conference title, and she earned the win with as season-best 320.85. She finished more than seven points ahead of her nearest competitor and was the only individual champion for the Bruins this year. Samaniego was second after the preliminary round, but moved ahead of a USC diver in the final to win. Samaniego also finished sixth on 3M with a score of 284.20.
This is Samaniego's first UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season and of her career.
Also nominated: Gerrit Cole, Baseball; Tanya Gandy, W. Water Polo; Aisha Gerber, Gymnastics; Boldizsar Kocsor, M. Track & Field; Stephanie Kono, W. Golf; Nicole Leach, W. Track & Field; Gregor Main, M. Golf; Yasmin Schnack, W. Tennis; Josh Shipp, M. Basketball; Kaila Shull, Softball; Erica Tukiainen, W. Basketball.