This Week in Women's Gymnastics...
March 26, 2002
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
The Pac-10 Championships offered great gymnastics and thrilling competition. No. 1 UCLA regained the Pac-10 crown capturing its 10th title. The Bruins scored a 197.625 for a first-place finish at Maples Pavilion...The ARIZONA Wildcats scored a team-record 197.050, matching their best Pac-10 Championship finish in team history... STANFORD, the meet host, finished in third (196.150)...Nationally, Pac-10 gymnasts claim seven top-25 positions on both the bars and floor, and six spots on the vault and beam...With so many nationally recognized gymnasts, Pac-10 teams look for a strong showing in this year's NCAA regional championships. On Monday, NCAA officials named six Pac-10 teams to post-season competition.Catch the 2002 Pac-10 Championships on FOX SPORTS NET on March 29 at 9 a.m. P.S.T.
Sat., April 6
West Regionals at OREGON STATE: No. 4 Utah No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 13 OREGON STATE, No. 24 Southern. Utah, Boise State, WASHINGTON.
Southeast Regionals at West Virginia: No. 2 Alabama, No, 11 Minnesota, No. 19 West Virginia, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 22 North Carolina.
South Central Regionals at ARIZONA STATE:No. 1 UCLA, No. 12 ARIZONA, No. 17 Brigham Young,No. 18 ARIZONA STATE, Cal State Fullerton, Illinois-Chicago.
Central Regionals at LSU:No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Iowa State, No. 15 Florida, No. 25 Central Michigan, Illinois State, New Hampshire.
North Central Regionals at Denver:No. 3 Georgia,No. 10 STANFORD, No. 14 Denver, No. 23 Missouri, Air Force, Utah State.
Northeast Regionals at Penn State: No. 5 Michigan, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 16 Iowa, George Washington, Penn State, Pittsburgh.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Sat., March 23
Pac-10 Championships at STANFORD
1. UCLA 197.625
2. ARIZONA 197.050
3. STANFORD 196.150
4. OREGON STATE 196.125
5. WASHINGTON 195.425
6. ARIZONA STATE 194.125
7. CALIFORNIA 189.700
2001 PACIFIC-10 HONORS
PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: JAMIE DANTZSCHER (UCLA)
PAC-10 CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR: KATIE JOHNSON (ARIZONA), MANDY DELGADO (STANFORD)
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: BILL RYDEN (ARIZONA)
*Pac-10 honors are voted on by each head coach at the Pac-10 Championships.
ARIZONA - The No. 12 Arizona Wildcats scored a team record of 197.050 to match its best Pac-10 Championship finish in school history. Arizona's second-place finish is its fourth such placing and its first since 1992...On the vault, Arizona won the vault title with a team-record 49.550...SR Randi Liljenquist tied for first-place on the floor (9.950) while FR Stevie Fanning tied for first-place on the beam with a career-high 9.900...FR Katie Johnson made history becoming the first Wildcat gymnast to be named Pac-10 Co-Freshmen of the year. Meanwhile, Head Coach Bill Ryden nabbed Coach of the Year honors after leading the Wildcats from a 9-22 finish in 2001 to a regular season record of 15-7 in 2002.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils finished in sixth-place at the Pacific-10 Championships (194.125)...SO Maggie Germaine scored a 9.925 on vault. Her third place finish was Arizona State's highest placing on any event...Germaine also posted the Sun Devils highest mark on the bars (9.85) while SR Laura Moon and JR Margaret Wojciak earned 9.8's...Arizona State hosts the NCAA South Central Regional on April 6th. The Sun Devils will compete at home as they attempt to earn their 20th appearance at the NCAA Championships.
CALIFORNIA- The California Golden Bears finished the Conference Championships with 189.700 points. FR My-Lan Todd was the Bears top competitor on the bars (19th) and in the all-around (38.875). Todd's 9.800 on bars was the highest score of the night for the Bears...FR Lauren Shipp and FR Adrienne Garcia also posted team-high 9.8s on vault and bars respectively...The Bears finish their season at 5-9 and look to return from injuries to key competitors in time for their 2003 campaign.
OREGON STATE - The No. 13 Beavers tallied 196.125 points and finished in fourth-place at the Championships...The Beavers captured second-place on the floor exercise (49.325) and in third on the vault (49.250)...JR Annie Campbell led the way on both events scoring a pair of 9.925's for a share of third-place on both floor and vault...JR Elizabeth Jillson scored a 9.925 on the bars finishing in fourth place...The Beavers host the West Regionals where they are entered as the third-highest seed in that region.
STANFORD -The 2001 Pac-10 Champions scored 196.150 en route to a third-place finish at this year's Championships. The Cardinal produced its highest team score on the beam, claiming third-place (49.025). Individually, SO Lindsay Wing defended her 2001 beam title. She scored 9.900, good for a share of the gold. Teammate, SO Lise Leveille also tallied a 9.900 on the event...FR Mandy Delgado claimed Co-Freshman of the Year...Delgado becomes the second-consecutive Cardinal gymnast to be named Freshmen of the Year (Wing received the honor in 2001)...The Cardinal finish with a 13-5 overall record as they head into post-season competition. The Cardinal travel to Denver for the North Central Regional.
UCLA - The top-ranked Bruins and two-time NCAA defending champions captured the Pac-10 title at Maples Pavilion. Earning a total score of 197.625, the Bruins claimed team titles on every event with the exception of the vault...JR Onnie Willis became the sixth-consecutive UCLA gymnast to win the all-around title...SO Jamie Dantzscher's tally of 39.575 was second only to Willis' 39.625. Dantzscher successfully defended her 2001 floor title scoring 9.95, good for a share of the gold...SO Alyssa Beckerman (9.90-beam) and JR Doni Thompson (9.95-bars) were other Bruins who earned first-place accolades...The Bruins head to Arizona State as the top seed in the South Central Region.
WASHINGTON -Washington heads to Corvallis after earning a berth in the 2002 West Regionals. At the Pacific-10 Championships, the Huskies were led by SO Emily Pritchard who vaulted to a 9.975 first-place finish on the event. Pritchard's score was a career-high and she becomes the fourth Husky gymnast to ever win a Pac-10 title. Pritchard also tied for fourth on bars with a score of 9.925...SO Tanya Powers was the Huskies top all-arounder. She place seventh with a career-high score of 39.250...Washington's team score of 195.425 was its second-highest score of the season.