March 24, 2009
Junior Sophia Hocini was named Second Team All-Pac-10 for the all-around in post-season honors announced by the conference office.
The All-Conference first team consists of the top six all-around competitors, plus the top three competitors in each individual event who are not among the all-around honorees. Individuals may earn All-Conference honors in multiple individual events. Scores are determined by a combination of 50 percent regional qualifying score (entire regular season composite) and 50 percent Pacific-10 Conference Championships score. The All- Conference second team consists of 10 individuals who were not honored on the first team.
This is the first all-conference honor for Hocini. Hocini, who posted the highest Bears all-around score in all but one meet this season, qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the all-around. She will be competing in Seattle on Saturday, April 4, vying for a chance to go to the NCAA National Championships.
Hocini also earned first team academic All-Pac-10 honors this season. Her 3.44 GPA in interactive biology as well as her competitive successes this season earned her a spot on the first team. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be a starter or significant contributor.
Sophomore Stephanie Cheng, with a 3.74 GPA as an undeclared major, was also named to the first team. Senior Joanna Bennett earned an honorable mention in the All-Academic awards.