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Stanford's Hong earns Pac-12 honor as week's top specialist

 

Stanford women's gymnast Ivana Hong was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for her standout performance this past weekend at the Metroplex Challenge, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

Hong won beam and tied for fifth on bars, contributing two crucial routines. Her performance in the third position on beam was particularly impressive, coming immediately after the gymnast before her fell. Hong followed the missed routine with a meet-best performance that helped Stanford finish the rotation with the highest beam score of any team at the meet (49.300).


Her performance on bars was also clutch as it helped Stanford complete a solid third rotation after a tough start on floor and vault. She has scored 9.775 or higher on bars in all four performances this season.

It is the first conference weekly honor for Hong this year. Stanford has been represented each week in the conference awards following three consecutive weeks of Elizabeth Price being selected as the Gymnast of the Week.

Softball

Stanford's Kayla Bonstrom was named to the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List, as announced by the organization Wednesday.

Bonstrom was a 2015 NFCA Second Team All-American and a NFCA First Team All-West Region selection at first base. She is a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team in 2015.

Bonstrom registered one of the best individual seasons in Stanford history during 2015, finishing in the top-11 in program history in multiple single-season categories including batting average (5th, .439), home runs (T-5th, 13), RBI (T-7th, 54), doubles (11th, 16) and fielding percentage (T-2nd, .997).

Bonstrom recorded the highest single-season slugging percentage in Stanford history (.806) – becoming the first Cardinal player to ever break the .800 mark. She was named to the 2015 Pac-12 All-Defense Team, making just one error in 381 chances.

— Stanford Athletics

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