This Week In Pac-10 Gymnastics

Jan. 16, 2002

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THIS WEEK

Up, Up and Away...
The 2002 gymnastics season is underway and Pac-10 teams are loaded and ready to continue its appeal, prominence and national dominence. Several highly touted, elite freshman have joined the Pac-10. They join 15 All Americans and six Olympians who are already poised to dazzle Pac-10 fans with their expertise and dedication. Preseason rankings had four schools in the top 10. UCLA topped the charts at No. 1, followed by No. 8 STANFORD, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE and No. 10 OREGON STATE.Look for exciting competition this week as Conference match ups begin... OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON travel to the Bay Area to compete against CALIFORNIA and STANFORD. On Sunday, ARIZONA STATE goes to Westwood to joust with the Bruins.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULEbr>

Friday January 18
OREGON STATE @ CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON @ STANFORD 7:30 p.m
ARIZONA @Utah, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA, Boise State @ Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.

Sun.,January 20
ARIZONA STATE @ UCLA 2:00 p.m.

All times local (meet site) and subject to change

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., January 4
Maui Invitational (1)ARIZONA 194.650, Oklahoma 194.425, Michigan 193.625, Sacramento State 187.400

Fri., January 11
Super Six Challenge (2)
Georgia 196.525, Alabama 195.725, UCLA 195.65, Florida 194.6, LSU 193.825, Penn State 193.375

ARIZONA STATE 193.350 Utah State 191.7
ARIZONA 195.400, Boise State 189.250, Brown University 186.000

Sat., January 12
Denver 194.375 OREGON STATE 192.400
Minnesota 195.800 STANFORD 194.675
CALIFORNIA 193.925 Cal State Fullerton 192.175

Sun., January 13
Georgia 197.900 UCLA 196.875

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA: Ranked preseason No. 17, Arizona opened its season with a big win at the Maui Invitional. Arizona finished in first place with a score of 194.650. The Cats continued their streak with another win at home (195.400) against Boise State (189.250) and Brown University (186.000)... SR Randi Liljenquist began her quest for her third career appearance at the NCAA Championships. Liljenquist won the All-Around competition and tied a career-high mark on vault (9.90). Arizona placed first in all four team events. The Cats start their season with 12 returning letterwinners, one All-American (Liljenquist) and six freshmen, touted as the strongest incoming class since 1996.

ARIZONA STATE: The preseason No. 9 Sun Devils started their season right. On Friday against Utah State, ASU tallied 193.350 points for the win. The Devils were led by SO All-American, Maggie Germaine who claimed her first all-around title of the year (38.725)... ASU's second All-American Laura Moon underwent preseason knee surgery and is not expected to return to the lineup until mid-February...This week, ASU heads to Westwood in hopes of defeating UCLA in Los Angeles for the first time in 16 years.

CALIFORNIA: At the Titan Gym in Fullerton, the Golden Bears roared back during the last two rotations and took home the team title 193.925-192.175...Six freshman join the Bears including stand-out My-Lan Dodd who won her first all-around title against the Titans. Her 9.90 score on beam ranks Dodd at No. 6 in the nation...The Bears will host their first home meet this Friday against the Oregon State Beavers.

OREGON STATE: The No. 10 Beavers return with eight powerful upperclassmen and seven newcomers. All-American SO Tanya Ricioli, SR Jerra Lopez and SO Lindsay Nelson all return to the Beaver lineup after missing the 2001 season to injury... Against Denver, Ricioli showed that she is back in fine form. She scored 9.80 on beam for the win and placed third in the all-around (38.525). Despite strong showings from Ricioli and FR Heidi Goehring, the Beavers fell to Denver, 192.400-194.375. The Beavers look for redemption next week when they head to Berkeley for their first Pac-10 Conference meet against California.

STANFORD: Stanford, the 2001 Pac-10 Champions, look to defend its title and continue its rise as one of the top programs... Behind the helm is new head coach, Kristen Smyth. Smyth spent the last five years at ASU and was named the Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 1998... Stanford returns four All-Americans (SRs Katy Herbert, Kristin Jensen and SOs Lise Leveille and Lindsay Wing)...Coming off a close loss to Minnesota (195.800-194.675), Stanford will look for its first win this Friday when it hosts Washington at the Farm.

UCLA: The Bruins are ready to challenge themselves this season as they face 12 of the Top 20 teams. The preseason No. 1 ranked Bruins should continue their dominence with the return of seven All-Americans...Led by JR Onnie Willis (NCAA all-around co-champion) the Bruins junior squad is touted as gymnastics own 'Fab Five'...The Bruins hope to shake off early losses in the South against powerhouses Georgia and Alabama. They return to California for meets against Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State this weekend...Watch how the Bruins performed at the Super Six Challenge. The meet will be televised by ESPN on January 27 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. PT.

WASHINGTON: The No. 19 Huskies open their season with a Conference matchup against Stanford this Friday... JR Stacy Wong will likely miss the entire season after suffering another knee injury in training. Wong came back in 2001 to become Washington's top performer after missing the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. SO Daniela Medlin is also out for the season due to a series of foot surgeries. On an upbeat note, SR Allison Bruce returns to the Huskies after injury to her Achilles tendon kept her out of competition in 2001. Washington hopes that the return of nine letterwinners, coupled with five talented freshman will alleviate its losses.

2002 PACIFIC-10 WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS COMPOSITE SCHEDULE/RESULTS
(Times are local. Schedule subject to change.)

Fri., January 4
Maui Invitational (1)
ARIZONA 194.650, Oklahoma 194.425, Michigan 193.625, Sacramento State 187.400

Fri., January 11
Super Six Challenge (2)
Georgia 196.525, Alabama 195.725, UCLA 195.65, Florida 194.6, LSU 193.825, Penn State 193.375ARIZONA STATE 193.350 Utah State 191.7
ARIZONA 195.400, Boise State 189.250, Brown University 186.000

Sat., January 12
Denver 194.375 OREGON STATE 192.400
Minnesota 195.800 STANFORD 194.675
CALIFORNIA 193.925 Cal State Fullerton 192.175

Sun., January 13
Georgia 197.900 UCLA 196.875

Friday January 18
OREGON STATE @ CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON @ STANFORD 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA @Utah, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA, Boise State @ Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.

Sun.,January 20
ARIZONA STATE @ UCLA 2:00 p.m.

Fri., January 25
CALIFORNIA @ Seattle Pacific 7:00 p.m.
BYU @ OREGON STATE , 7:00 p.m.
STANFORD @ ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.vWASHINGTON @ Boise State, 6:00 p.m.
UCLA @ ARIZONA 7:30 p.m.

Sun., January 27
CALIFORNIA @ WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

Fri., February 1
ARIZONA @ STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at OSU, 7:00 p.m.

Sun., February 3
Denver @ STANFORD 2:00 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE @ CALIFORNIA 2:00 p.m.

Fri., February 8
OREGON STATE, Southern Utah, Cal State Fullerton @ ARIZONA STATE 7:00 p.m. (3)
CALIFORNIA @ ARIZONA 7:30 p.m.
Utah @ WASHINGTON 7:30 p.m.

Sun., February 10
STANFORD @ UCLA, 2:00 p.m.

Fri., February 15
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 7:00 p.m.
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 7:00 p.m.
STANFORD, Ill-Chicago, Penn State @ Florida 4 p.m.

Sun., February 17
UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis @ CALIFORNIA 2:00p.m.

Fri., February 22
WASHINGTON @ ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE, Ohio State, W. Virginia @ Nebraska, 7:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA @ STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE @ Cal State Fullerton 7:00 p.m.

Sat., February 23
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 7:00 p.m.

Fri.,March 1
UCLA, Seattle Pacific @ WASHINGTON, 7:00p.m.
STANFORD @ OREGON STATE 7:00 p.m.
ARIZONA @ ARIZONA STATE 7:30 p.m.

Sun.,March 3
Michigan, Minnesota, Cal State Fullerton @ UCLA 2:00p.m.(4)
CALIFORNIA @ Sacramento State, 2:00p.m.

Thurs., March 9
WASHINGTON @ Michigan, 4:00 p.m.

Fri., March 8
ARIZONA STATE @ Utah State, 6:00p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Michigan, 7:00p.m. PT

Sun., March 10
ARIZONA @ Oklahoma, 2:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA, Iowa State @ Nebraska 1:00 p.m. PT

Thurs., March 14
WASHINGTON, Minnesota, N. Illinois @ ARIZONA 7:30 p.m.

Sat., March 16
UCLA @ Alabama 7:00p.m.
San Jose State, Boise State, Sacramento State @ CALIFORNIA at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan, Michigan State, Seattle Pacific @ OREGON STATE (5)

Sat., March 23
Pacific-10 Championship at STANFORD, 6:00p.m.

Sat., April 6
NCAA Regional Championships @ TBA, 6:00 p.m PST

Thurs., Sat., April 18-20
NCAA Championship at Alabama, LA,1:00/7:00 p.m.
Thurs., March 18: Team Prelims/A.A Finals, 2:00 p.m.
Fri., March 19: Super Six Team Finals, 7:00 p.m.
Sat., March 20: Individual Event Finals, 7:00 p.m

Tournament Date & Neutral Sites
(1) Maui Invitational at Wailuku, Hawaii
(2) Super Six Challenge at University of Florida
(3) Uno's Classic at Tempe, Arizona
(4) UCLA Invitational at Los Angeles, California
(5) Shanico Inn-vitational at Corvallis, Oregon

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