This week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics (3/27/01)...

March 27, 2001

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THIS WEEKBhardwaj defends, Stanford upsets, Championships deliver...

Just as expected, the Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships delivered world-class gymnastics and high-powered, energetic competition...In Seattle, Wash., 3094 fans cheered for their favorite Pac-10 teams and gymnasts. All eyes were on UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj, As the only returning champion of the meet, Bhardwaj was looking to defend her 2000 all-around crown. While Bhardwaj's point total of 39.8 enabled her to walk away with the win, her No. 1 Bruins were forced to settle for second as STANFORD claimed the first-place spot in the final team standings...The sixth-ranked Cardinal narrowly defeated UCLA 197.850-197.800. Stanford's winning score, a Pac-10 meet record, becomes its second title in school history...The rest of the field was also a force to be reckoned with...No. 15 WASHINGTON claimed third place (197.475), No. 13 OREGON STATE finished fourth (196.550) and No. 9 ARIZONA STATE took fifth (195.725). Rounding out the meet was No. 24 ARIZONA who secured the sixth position (195.525) and No. 25 CALIFORNIA who landed in seventh (193.750).

This weekend, no competitions are scheduled. Pac-10 gymnasts will be preparing for the NCAA Regionals in two weeks. On Monday, NCAA officials confirmed that every Pac-10 team had gained berths at one of six regional championships. Each region hosts six teams where the top-two team finishers and top individual performers in each meet advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sat., April 7

West Regionals at UCLA: UCLA, BYU, OREGON STATE, CALIFORNIA, CS Fullerton, Boise State.

Southeast Regionals at Florida: Georgia, Florida , Iowa, Maryland, George Washington, North Carolina.

South Central Regionals at Nebraska: Nebraska, Penn State, WASHINGTON, Oklahoma, ARIZONA, Illinois State.

Central Regionals at Alabama: Alabama, ARIZONA STATE, Minnesota, Kent State, Ohio State, Kentucky.

North Central Regionals at Utah: Utah, Iowa State,West Virginia, Denver, Utah State, Air Force.

Northeast Regionals at Michigan: STANFORD, Michigan, LSU, New Hampshire, Rhode Island,Pittsburgh.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Sat., March 24

Pac-10 Championships at WASHINGTON

1. STANFORD 197.850

2. UCLA 197.800

3. WASHINGTON 197.475

4. OREGON STATE 196.550

5. ARIZONA STATE 195.725

6. ARIZONA 195.525

7. CALIFORNIA 193.750

2001 PACIFIC-10 HONORS

PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: MOHINI BHARDWAJ (UCLA)

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: LINDSAY WING (STANFORD)

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: MARK COOK ( STANFORD)

*Pac-10 honors are voted on by each head coach at the Pac-10 Championships.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA- The No. 24 Wildcats finished in sixth-place at this years' Pac-10 Championships...At the Bank of America Arena, SR Kara Fry continued to lead her team. She finished in ninth-place in the all-around (39.300), tenth on the bars (9.900) and tied her career-high on the floor (9.90-15th place tie). On the vault, SO Nikki Beyschau was the top performer for the Wildcats. Her score of 9.875 was a tie for ninth-place...JR Randi Liljenquist was another strong force for the Wildcats. In the all-around competition, she finished in 11th-place (39.175). Liljenquist was also the top finisher on the beam scoring 9.825 (15th-place)...Arizona' s team total of 195.525 enabled the Wildcats to increase their regional qualifying score thus securing their spot at the NCAA South Central regional meet.

ARIZONA STATE - The No. 9 Sun Devils finished fifth at the Championships with a team total of 195.725 points. The Sun Devils goal to win their first Pac-10 title was extinguished when Sun Devil gymnasts struggled in two events. They experienced two falls on the balance beam and despite Cassidy Vreeke 's team-high 9.775 on the vault, the Sun Devils posted a team total of 48.775-short of their season-best 49.175...ASU's best performance came on floor exercise (49.475) where Vreeke led with a career-high 9.950. Her score was good for a second-place tie and her silver performance was the highest placement of any Sun Devil...FR Maggie Germaine was ASU's highest all-around competitor, she scored 39.175 points and finished 11th in the all-around standings.

CALIFORNIA - At the Championships, the Bears finished in seventh place with a point total of 193.750. The Bears set school records on the vault (49.125) and floor (49.375). The Golden Bears were led by JR Lindsay Baker. Her score of 39.250 was a career-high in the all-around, good for a tenth-place finish...On the vault, Baker and SO Janet McKnight had matching scores of 9.875. Their ninth-place finish was the highest placement of any Cal gymnast at the meet...California earned a berth to the NCAA West Regionals to be held at UCLA on April 7th. They return to NCAA regional competition after a two-year absence from the meet.

OREGON STATE - The No. 13 Beavers scored 196.550 points en route to a fourth-place finish at the Championships. Their score was the second-highest score posted by the Beavers this season--bested only by their 197.625 finish at the Shanico Inn-vitational on March 17th...A strong Beaver contingent cheered as the Beavers performed well on each apparatus. On the bars, SR Stephanie Bychowski's career-high score of 9.95 along with Elizabeth Jillson's 9.925 boosted the team score to 49.475, a new school record. Bychowski's second-place becomes the third consecutive time she has garnered silver on that event...OSU had to count a fall on the vault for the first time this season. Their score of 48.375 was their lowest score of the meet. Despite this setback, strong performances by Annie Campbell and Katrina Severin on the beam (9.925 and a career-high 9.95 respectively) kept the Beavers in the hunt.

STANFORD - The No. 6 Cardinal became the only team to defeat the Bruins this year after winning the Pac-10 Championships with a new meet record 197.850 points. The win is Stanford's second in school history, its first win came in 1998 when Stanford also upset defending Pac-10 Champion, UCLA...The Cardinal gymnasts were nothing less than spectacular on Saturday. Fueled by freshman wonders, Lindsay Wing , Caroline Fluhrer and SR Robin Phelps, the Cardinal were unstoppable. Wing took third-place honors in the all-around (39.625) and Fluhrer and Phelps tied for fourth (39.550). On floor, FR Lise Leville's score of 9.950 was a part of a six-way tie for second-place. FR Shelley Goldberg, the only competitor to perform a difficult double-front tuck on the floor scored a 9.925 (seven-way tie for eighth-place)...The freshman trio, Leveille (1st beam-tie), Wing (1st beam-tie) and Fluhrer (1st vault-tie) became the first Cardinal gymnasts to win individual titles at the Pac-10's...With only one senior leaving the squad (Jennifer Exaltacion) and Pac-10 freshman of the year Lindsay Wing leading Stanford's group of extremely talented freshman, look for Stanford to be a new and permanent powerhouse in women's gymnastics...Head Coach Mark Cook was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

WASHINGTON - The No. 15 Huskies hosted a fabulous Pac-10 Championship meet. At Bank of America Arena, 3094 fans watched as Washington tumbled, balanced and vaulted their way to a third-place finish. Washington's score of 197.425 was a school-record propelling them to fourth-place on the Pac-10 team-high list and 15th on the national list...On the uneven bars, Stacy Wong's routine was nearly flawless. Her score of 9.975 tied her career-best and secured the Huskies team total of 49.550--a new school record on the bars...In the All-Around, Wong finished with a 39.725. Her score was a career-high and a second-place finish. Other all-around finishers for the Huskies were FR Emily Pritchard (39.500-6th place) and Lanna Apisukh (39.425-7th place).

UCLA- The No. 1 Bruins were upset by Stanford at the Pac-10 Championships. After winning the Championships in both 1999 and 2000, UCLA lost the title (197.800 to Stanford's 197.850) with only their second loss this entire season. Despite the upset, several individual titles were won by the Bruins. SR Mohini Bhardwaj defended her 2000 all-around crown and became the fifth consecutive Bruin to claim the title. Her score of 39.800 tied her second-highest all-around total...On the vault, Bhardwaj's full-twisting Yurchenko impressed the judges and heralded a 9.975. Her tie for first enabled the Bruins to continue their streak of four straight Championship wins on the vault...FR Jamie Danszcher was one of the meets most popular competitors. Her entertaining floor routine was filled with difficulty and mesmerizing dance elements. When the 10.0 (her seventh 10.0 this season, fifth on floor) was displayed, the crowd went wild...Returning home to Washington, SO Onnie Willis missed a medal in the all-around with a fall on the vault. Her score of 9.400 took her out of contention for the all-around title...SR Mohini Bhardwaj was honored with the distinction of Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year.

Gym Info Women's National Rankings

3/26/01-Regional Qual. Average by Troester.com

1. UCLA 197.640

2. Georgia 197.510

3. Nebraska 197.285

4. Alabama 197.285

5. Utah 197.205

6. STANFORD 197.050

7. Michigan 196.800

8. Iowa State 196.650

9. ARIZONA STATE 196.490

10. Penn State 196.420

11. BYU 196.395

12. Florida 196.310

13. OREGON STATE 196.175

14. Iowa 196.090

15. WASHINGTON 195.960

16. Minnesota 195.925

17. West Virginia 195.900

18. LSU 195.800

19. Oklahoma 195.765

20. Kent State 195.740

21. Ohio State 195.735

22. Maryland-College 195.495

23. ARIZONA 195.415

24. Denver 195.385

25. Illinois State 195.270

Season Bests

All-Around

1. 39.975 Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA vs Georgia, Mar. 18 2. 39.750 Lindsay Wing, STANFORD vs BYU, Mar. 3 3. 39.725 Stacy Wong, WASHINGTON at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 4T. 39.675 Onnie Willis, UCLA vs Oregon State, Feb. 16 Lindsay Wing, STANFORD vs Arizona State, Feb. 9 Kristin Parker, UCLA vs Southern Utah, Alabama, Cal State Fullerton, Jan. 28 7. 39.650 Randi Liljenquist, ARIZONA vs ASU, Mar. 2 8. 39.625 Annie Campbell, OREGON STATE vs Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 9. 39.600 Laura Moon, ARIZONA STATE vs Auburn, Mar. 9 10T. 39.550 Caroline Fluhrer, STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Robin Phelps, STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Lanna Apisukh, WASHINGTON vs Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 Maggie Germaine, ASU vs Arizona, Mar. 2 Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA vs Arizona, Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Feb. 11

Floor

1T. 10.00 Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Mohini Bhardwaj ,UCLA vs Georgia, Mar. 18 Mandi Klug, WASHINGTON vs Utah State, W. Michigan, Mar. 4 Onnie Willis, UCLA vs Cal, Utah State, UCSB, Mar. 4 Kristen Maloney, UCLA vs Cal, Utah State, UCSB, Mar. 4 Kristin Parker, UCLA vs Stanford, Jan. 197T. 9.975 Lara Degenhardt, OREGON STATE vs Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 Lindsay Wing, STANFORD vs OSU, Mar. 3 Kelly Cowley, ASU vs Arizona, Mar. 2 Katrina Severin, OREGON STATE vs UCLA, Feb. 16

Beam

1. 10.00 Mohini Bhardwaj ,UCLA vs Georgia, Mar. 18 Kristin Maloney, UCLA vs Oregon State, Feb. 16 3T. 9.975 Lise Leveille, STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Lindsay Wing, STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 5T. 9.950 Katrina Severin, STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Marissa Bruch, OREGON STATE vs Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 Stacy Wong, WASHINGTON, Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 Yvonne Tousek, UCLA vs Georgia, Mar. 18 Stephanie Bychowski, OREGON STATE vs Utah, Mar. 10 Ashley Ellsberry, ARIZONA STATE vs Auburn, Mar. 9 Kristin Parker, UCLA vs Oregon State, Feb. 16

Bars

1T. 10.00 Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA vs Georgia, Mar. 18 Laura Moon, ARIZONA STATE vs Auburn, Mar. 9 Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA vs Arizona, Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Feb. 11 4T. 9.975 Stacy Wong, WASHINGTON at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Yvonne Tousek, UCLA vs Nebraska, Arizona State, Jan. 6 Kristin Parker, UCLA vs S. Utah, Alabama, Cal State Fullerton, Jan. 28 7T. 9.950 Stephanie Bychowski, OREGON STATE at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Kara Fry, ARIZONA vs NC State, Mar. 14 Caroline Fluhrer, STANFORD vs BYU, S. Utah, Mar. 10 Doni Thompson, UCLA vs Michigan State, Mar. 11 Lindsay Wing, STANFORD vs BYU, Mar. 3 Nikki Beyschau, ARIZONA vs Stanford, Feb. 23 Jen Exaltacion, STANFORD vs Arizona State, Feb. 11 Elizabeth Jillson, OREGON STATE vs Arizona, Denver, Feb. 2 Laura Moon, Maui Invitational, Jan. 6

Vault

1T. 10.00 Lanna Apisukh, WASHINGTON vs Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 Katrina Severin, OREGON STATE vs UCLA, Feb. 16 Onnie Willis, UCLA vs Oregon State, Feb. 164T. 9.975 Caroline Fluhrer, STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Mohini Bhardwaj ,UCLA at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 246T. 9.950 Stacy Wong, WASHINGTON at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Katrina Severin, OREGON STATE at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 Lara Degenhardt, OREGON STATE, Washington, Cal State Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 Emily Pritchard, WASHINGTON vs Utah State, Western Michigan, Mar. 4 Lindsay Wing, STANFORD vs Arizona , Feb. 23 Kristin Parker, UCLA vs Oregon State, Feb. 16

Team-by-Team Highs

1. UCLA 198.250 UCLA vs Oregon State, Feb. 16* 2. STANFORD 197.850 STANFORD at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 3. OREGON STATE 197.625 OREGON STATE vs Washington, CS Fullerton, Seattle Pacific, Mar. 17 4. WASHINGTON 197.475 WASHINGTON at Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 5. ARIZONA STATE 197.450 ARIZONA STATE vs Arizona, Mar. 2 6. ARIZONA 196.900 ARIZONA vs ASU, Mar. 2 7. CALIFORNIA 196.075 CALIFORNIA vs Stanford, Feb. 18 * Indicates nation leading score

2000-01 PACIFIC-10 WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS COMPOSITE SCHEDULE/RESULTS(Times are local. Schedule subject to change.)

Fri., January 5

Maui Invitational(1)UCLA 'A' 196.200, Nebraska 194.950ASU 191.525, UCLA 'B' 188.7

Sat., January 6

Super Six Challenge (2)Alabama, Georgia 195.350, STANFORD 195.300, Michigan 194.75, Florida 194.425Penn State 193.275

Friday January 12

Michigan 194.075, OREGON STATE 190.925

Saturday January 13

University of Denver 194.175, WASHINGTON 192.900Maryland 191.925, CALIFORNIA 191.650

Sun.,January 14

New Hampshire 193.800, ARIZONA 193.450NC State 193.375, James Madison 188.725

Nebraska 195.225, OREGON STATE 194.900UCLA 196.825, Cal State Fullerton 192.9Fri., January 19CALIFORNIA 194.400, Oklahoma 194.025, San Jose State 191.975, ARIZONA 190.775

ARIZONA STATE 193.750, OREGON STATE 193.725

UCLA 196.265, STANFORD 194.675

Sun., January 21

WASHINGTON 191.800, Boise State 190.725Oklahoma 195.300, CALIFORNIA 195.175, Utah State 194.450, ARIZONA 193.350

UCLA 197.5, Utah 195.7

Fri., January 26

ARIZONA STATE 196.350, UCLA 196.000Utah 196.400, ARIZONA 193.925

Sun., January 28

OREGON STATE 195.575, CALIFORNIA 195.000

STANFORD 196.050, WASHINGTON 195.925, Seattle Pacific 191.875

UCLA 197.5 Alabama 196.975, Cal State Fullerton 194.400, Southern Utah 191.525

Fri., February 2

ARIZONA 195.175 Denver 194.825OREGON STATE 194.575,

STANFORD 197.425 Minnesota 195.650

ASU 195.575 WASHINGTON 193.075

Sat., February 3

Cal State Fullerton 194.750 CALIFORNIA 192.600

Fri., February 9

OREGON STATE 195.525 Boise State 192.750

CALIFORNIA 194.00 WASHINGTON 192.175UC Davis 188.525

STANFORD 197.050 ARIZONA STATE 196.725

Sun., February 11

UCLA 196.725 WASHINGTON 194.675Cal State Fullerton 194.575 ARIZONA 194.400

Fri., February 16

Utah 197.900 ARIZONA STATE 196.100UCLA 198.250 OREGON STATE 196.375

Sun., February 18

WASHINGTON 195.575 ARIZONA 195.500

STANFORD 196.950 CALIFORNIA 196.075

Fri., February 23

STANFORD 196.300 ARIZONA 196.200

ARIZONA STATE 197.125 CALIFORNIA 195.875Boise State 193.225 UCSB 185.075

Sun., February 25

CALIFORNIA 195.575 UC Davis 190.800

WASHINGTON 196.875 OREGON STATE 196.325

Fri., March 2

ARIZONA STATE 197.45 ARIZONA 196.900STANFORD 197.050 OREGON STATE 195.050

Sat.,March 3

STANFORD 196.875 Brigham Young 195.225

Sun.,March 4

UCLA 197.7 CALIFORNIA 195.025 Utah State 192.225 UC Santa Barbara 188.575

WASHINGTON 196.725 Utah 196.725Western Michigan University 194.075Fri., March 9ARIZONA STATE 194.25, Auburn 196.15

UCLA 197.700, Michigan 197.125

Sat., March 10

STANFORD 196.775, Brigham Young 194.300

Minnesota 196.850, ARIZONA 194.675

Boise State 196.775, WASHINGTON 195.750

Utah 197.425, OREGON STATE 196.050

Sun., March 11

UCLA 195.475, Michigan State 194.000

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

Sat., March 24

Pacific-10 Championship at WASHINGTON

STANFORD 197.850, UCLA 197.800, WASHINGTON 197.475, OREGON STATE 196.550, ARIZONA STATE 195.725, ARIZONA 195.525, CALIFORNIA 193.750.

Sat., April 7

NCAA RegionalsWest Regionals at UCLA, 6:00p.m.

Thurs.-Sat., April 19-21

NCAA Championship at Athens, GA,

Tournament Date & Neutral Sites

(1) Maui Invitational(2) Super Six Challenge at Tuscaloosa, Ala(3) UCLA Invitational at Los Angeles, California(4) Uno's Classic at Tempe, Arizona(5) Bruin Classic at Los Angeles, California(6) Shanico Inn-vitational at Corvallis, Oregon

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