This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 14, 2003

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The 2002-03 gymnastics season is about to get underway and Pac-10 teams are loaded and ready to continue their national dominance. Several highly touted and elite freshman have joined the Pac-10. They join 13 All-Americans and five Olympians who are already poised to dazzle Pac-10 fans with their expertise and dedication. Preseason rankings have three Pac-10 teams in the Top-10. For the second consecutive season UCLA topped the charts at No. 1, followed by STANFORD at No. 7, and No. 10 Arizona. Look for exciting competition this week as Conference matchups begin...OREGON STATE travels to the desert to face ARIZONA, while WASHINGTON is at ARIZONA STATE. The Bruins continue their non-conference schedule at Cal State Fullerton, while STANFORD travels to Denver and CALIFORNIA is in a dual meet with UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton at UCLA.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., January 17

OREGON STATE @ ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON @ ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA @ CALIFORNIA State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Sat., January 18
STANFORD @ Denver, 6 p.m.

Sun., January 19
CALIFORNIA, UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton @ UCLA, 2 p.m.

All times local (meet site) and subject to change

LAST WEEKS RESULTS
Fri., January 10

UCLA, 197.225; 2. Utah, 196.75
OREGON STATE 195.825, 195.350. Michigan 191.800.

Sat., January 11
ARIZONA 195.725; Minnesota 195.525

Sun., January 12
CALIFORNIA 192.950; Sacramento State 190.175

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - No. 10. ranked ARIZONA Wildcats enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2002. With a team composed mainly of underclassmen, the wildcats jumped back among the collegiate gymnastic elite by earning a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, their 16th consecutive postseason appearance and first trip to the NCAA National Championships since 1996...The Wildcats enter 2003 ready to earn respect. With 13 returning letterwinners, lone senior and captain Nikki Beyschau, junior Andi McCabe and sophomore Katie Johnson, will all have key roles in the Arizona lineup...This week they open league play against OREGON STATE at home.

ARIZONA STATE - The No. 15 Sun Devils look to upper classmen to help them gain a bid into this year's NCAAs...missing the tournament by 0.075 points last season has the Sun Devils excited for the upcoming season...Senior Cassidy Vreeke (honorable mention All Pac-10) and junior Maggie Germaine (second-team Academic All Pac-10)...The Sun Devil's began their season placing second at the Maui Invitational...Freshman Ashley Kelly made her Sun Devil debut count as she finished second in the all-around competition, posting a score of 38.975 . The Sun Devils are in action this week opening their Pac-10 season at WASHINGTON.

CALIFORNIA - After an injur- filled 2002 season that saw the Bears finish with a 5-9 record and a last place Pac-10 finish, CALIFORNIA hopes to return the program to a berth in the NCAA regionals in 2003. The Bears welcome back eight returnees and three freshmen, in addition to first year head coach Cari DuBois. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd should be the gymnast to watch this year after completing a notable inaugural campaign that included a sixth-place finish in the all-around competition at the 2002 NCAA West Regionals with a CALIFORNIA-record score of 39.325. A pair of juniors, Stephanie Kim and Karissa Chock, should also make waves for the Bears in 2003... The Bears open their Pac-10 season at UCLA.

OREGON STATE - The No. 13 Beavers look for early signees to make a big impact, OSU returns 19 of 24 routines from last year's NCAA meet plus the addition of three freshmen who could make a major impact... Led by senior Elizabeth Jillson who earned first team All-American honors on bars a year ago, junior Tanya Ricioli captured second team All-American honors on floor in 2000 and Annie Campbell, an All-Pacific-10 all-arounder last year, is also back for the Beavers but will be limited early on due to a injury late in last season...This Friday the Beavers will open their Pac-10 season against ARIZONA.

STANFORD The No. 7 Stanford capped the best season in program history last year with its first-ever appearance in a NCAA Super Six....Three First Team All-Americans return in juniors Kendall Beck, Lise Leveille and Lindsay Wing, who will lead the charge this year. Seniors Alissa Cooper and Kelsey Stillinger and junior Caroline Fluhrer will captain a squad that promises to be explosive, artistic and dynamic... The Cardinal opened their 2003 season by winning all events and recording a 196.060 team score en route to capturing the Maui Invitational on Friday night. STANFORD continues their preseason schedule at Denver on Saturday.

UCLA - Voted preseason No. 1,the Bruins are ready to start where they left off, boasting one of the most impressive lineups in the country, returning two NCAA all around champions 2001 co-winner Onnie Willis and 2002 champion Jamie Dantzscher, three NCAA champions Willis, Dantzscher, Yvonne Tousek and eight All Americans (Willis, Dantzscher, Tousek, Doni Thompson, Alyssa Beckermann, Kristin Parker, Malia Jones, Kristen Maloney)...The Bruins have started the season with wins over OREGON STATE and Utah...UCLA looks to continue it's winning streak this Friday at CS Fullerton.

WASHINGTON - Injuries and lack of depth have plagued the No. 17 Huskies the last two seasons, however things are looking up with 10 letterwinners joining six freshmen... Look for the Huskies to become a national power house with the help of their junior class of Emily Pritchard, Tanya Powers, Molly Seaman, Amy Metcalf and Gharde Geldenhuys... Levesque consider this years six person freshman class to be the strongest yet of his 13 years...The Huskies begin Pac-10 play Friday at ARIZONA STATE.

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