This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Pac-10 Gymnasts get set for their 'big dance'...
The Pac-10 regular season closed this week with big finishes from OREGON STATE and No. 1 UCLA. OSU posted a school record 197.625 points at the Shanico Inn-vitational moving to second place on the Pac-10 team high list. UCLA maintained its winning streak dating back to January 21 with a close win over No. 5 Georgia. However, while the Bruins maintained their streak, No. 8 ARIZONA STATE lost theirs. The Sun Devils had their 25 consecutive home winning streak broken by No. 7 Nebraska.
This week, the entire ensemble gathers in Seattle for the Pac-10 Championships. This year's meet should prove to be an exciting, high-scoring race for the elusive title...Fourteen Pac-10 gymnasts have posted perfect 10s this season, each team has scored over 196 points and all seven teams are positioned on the top 25 national list (three of which are in the top 10). Pac-10 gymnasts dominant in the national individual rankings as well...Six gymnasts are ranked in the All-Around, eight on bars, eight on floor, five on beam and four on the vault. It is apparent that Pac-10 gymnasts are ready to shine at the Pac-10 Championships, then scintillate at the NCAA's. Pac-10 gymnastics...who says you need a basketball to have a 'big dance' in March?
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Sat., March 24
Pacific-10 Championships at WASHINGTON,6:00 p.m.
All times local (meet site) and subject to change.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., March 14
Arizona 195.125, NC State 194.350
Fri., March 16
Nebraska 197.1, ARIZONA STATE 195.575,Kentucky 194.35, Iowa 193.425
CALIFORNIA 194.125, San Jose State 193.550
Sat., March 17
OREGON STATE 197.625, WASHINGTON 195.775, Cal State Fullerton 194.175, Seattle Pacific 192.575
Sun., March 18
UCLA 197.475, Georgia 197.375
PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- UCLA Senior gymnast MOHINI BHARDWAJ has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for March 12-19.
Bhardwaj enabled the UCLA Bruins to maintain their winning streak with a narrow win against No. 5 Georgia.She had already begun a near perfect compilation of scores when she was called on as the last competitor on the floor exercise. The Bruins were down by 0.025 points and needed a 9.925 to win the meet. Executing yet another perfect routine, Bhardwaj danced and tumbled her way to a perfect 10.0. She surpassed the necessary amount by 0.75 points! Her score consolidated the Bruins win, 197.475-196.375. The 10.0 was her third 10.0 of the meet as she had already garnered first-place titles with 10s on bars and beam. As well, a near perfect, career-high 9.975 on the vault was good for another win.
Bhardwaj, the senior from Cincinnati, Ohio., posted a 39.975 All-Around score in her last home meet as a Bruin. She bested her All-Around school record of 39.800 posted on Jan. 28. Her score is the second highest in NCAA history. As well, her 10.0 on the beam is only the second such achievement by any UCLA gymnast...
And there's more...Bhardwaj was honored prior to the meet as the lone senior on the Bruin squad. Considered to be the most talented gymnast in UCLA history, Bhardwaj boasts school records on the floor, bars, beam (10.0) and the All-Around (39.975). She also claims the school record for most career tens with eight such scores. (Bars-three, floor-four, beam-one). She ends her regular season with the school record for most tens in a season (8) and most 10's in one meet (3).
Due to Bhardwaj's tremendous ability and consistency, she has been named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week title three times this season and four times in her career.
ALSO NOMINATED: Kara Fry, ARIZONA, Annie Campbell, OREGON STATE, Lanna Apisukh, WASHINGTON
PREVIOUS WINNERS: Jan. 21-Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA. Jan. 28-Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA. Feb. 4- Lindsay Wing, STAN. Feb. 12-Kara Fry, ARIZONA. Feb. 20- Onnie Willis, UCLA. Feb. 28 -Laura Moon, ASU. Mar. 5-Jamie Danzscher, UCLA. Mar. 13- Laura Moon, ASU.
ARIZONA- The No. 24 Wildcats closed out their regular season with a win over NC State on Wednesday night...SR Kara Fry finished her last meet at McKale Center with a bang. She recorded three wins that were career-high tying marks including first place in the All-Around (39.525)...The Wildcats scored a school record on the bars, Their 49.475 points surpassed the old record set five years ago at the NCAA Midwest Regionals... This win marks Arizona's first victory since it defeated Oregon State and Denver on Feb. 2.
ARIZONA STATE - The No. 8 Sun Devils were defeated by No. 7 Nebraska at Wells Fargo Arena. A crowd of 1, 040 lent its support as the Sun Devils saw their five-year home winning streak come to an end...ASU finished with 195.575 points to Nebraska's 197.1. However, the Sun Devils were able to overtake Kentucky (194.350) and No. 12 Iowa (193.425)...The Sun Devils started out strong, FR Maggie Germaine scored a 9.925 on vault that was a career-high mark. Coupled with SR Kelly Cowley's 9.9 and FR Jada Cox's 9.75, the Sun Devils team score on vault (49.175) was a season-high...Then on the uneven bars and balance beam the Sun Devils succumbed to a series of falls that stole their momentum. The team score of 48.65 on beam was the second-lowest score of the year...Nebraska's win over the Sun Devils becomes only their third loss out of their last 44 home meets.
CALIFORNIA -The No. 25 Golden Bears defeated San Jose State scoring 194.125 to the Spartans 193.550...The Bears ended their regular season with a 15-9 overall season...SR Pari Olver shared second-place on bars with SO Carrie Kreifels. They both scored 9.775. On the beam, Olver dominated with a season-high 9.925. SO Janet McKnight and JR Lindsay Baker were the other first place finishers for the Bears. Their duplicate scores of 9.850 on the vault was good for a three-way tie.
OREGON STATE - The No. 13 Beavers set season records on three of four disciplines (vault, beam and floor) at the Shanico Inn-vitational. Their score of 49.575 on beam was a school record that propelled the Beavers to a team score of 197.625, also a new record mark and the second-highest team score in the Pac-10 this season. The charge was led by SO Annie Campbell who recorded three career-highs: Vault (9.90), bars (9.875), and beam (9.925). Her 39.625 All-Around score was another high and ranks as the fourth-highest mark in OSU history. The Senior Beavers were determined to leave a mark at their last home meet, SR Marissa Bruch won her first collegiate event title on the beam with a career-high 9.95. SR Lara Degenhardt posted two season-highs on vault (9.95) and floor (9.975), both additions to the Pac-10's season-high list. SR Katrina Severin's 9.925 third-place finish on beam was also a career-high.
STANFORD - The No. 6 Cardinal did not compete this week. They should be ready to make a statement at the Pac-10 Championships this weekend before continuing to the NCAA Western Regionals at Pauley Pavilion.
WASHINGTON - The No. 16 Huskies traveled to the Shanico Inn-vitational in Corvallis where they took second place-195.775. Oregon State won the meet (197.625) and Cal State Fullerton and Seattle Pacific scored 194.174 and 192.575 respectively...Washington took the top spot in the team standings on vault (49.450)...Top individual finishers on the apparatus were JR Stacy Wong on beam (9.950-second) and SR Mandi Klug on floor (9.925-tie for third)...SR Lanna Apisukh was Washington's top All-Around performer for the second straight week. She finished in second with a season-high total of 39.550. Her perfect 10.0 on vault was only the seventh 10.0 in Husky history and the second 10.0 for the Huskies this season.
UCLA- The No. 1 Bruins pulled off a narrow win against No. 5 Georgia on Sunday. In Pauley Pavilion, 3,738 fans watched as No. 1 UCLA closed up their regular season with an 18-1 record...When the going gets tough, the tough gets going...Heading into the last rotation, the Bruins were down by 0.025 points. UCLA had two out of bound deductions that threw things into a tailspin. Needing a 9.9 to tie or a 9.925 to win, enter in SR Mohini Bhardwaj, The Senior was already having the meet of her life. With a career-high 9.975 on vault and two 10s on beam and bars, Bhardwaj came up big with another perfect 10 on the floor. Her All-Around score of 39.975 was 0.025 away from perfection and ranks as the second-highest in NCAA history...SO Onnie Willis scored high in the All-Around despite the snap to her four-meet win streak (by Bhardwaj)...Nine Bruins scored 9.95 or more enabling them to continue their winning streak.