This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

March 9, 2004

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Wrappin it up...
Conference play has come to an end, and each of the squads are taking on non-conference opponents this weekend to gear up for the Pac-10 Championships. UCLA (1), Stanford (3), Washington (8), Arizona (11) and Oregon State (14) will go into the postseason ranked in the Top 20. All of these teams have turned it up a notch as they prepare for a competitive Conference tournament and Championship season. Eight gymnasts also sit amongst the nation's top athletes, including Jeanette Antolin (1), Kate Richardson (2), Emily Pritchard (7), Natalie Foley (8), Ashley Kelly (10), Monica Bisordi (11), Chelsea Plourde (17), and Lindsay Wing (19). Look for these ladies and their teams to step up to the postseason challenge.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Fri., Mar. 12
UCLA @ Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Arkansas @ ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota @ ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.
Ball State @ CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
Boise State, Seattle Pacific @ WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE @ Utah, 7:30 p.m.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Mar. 5
ARIZONA STATE 198.45; Eastern Michigan 194.875
Florida 198.025; ARIZONA 196.650
Utah 197.950; WASHINGTON 197.550; Iowa 196.900; UIC 195.175
OREGON STATE 197.675; BYU 197.150; Michigan State 195.875; Sacramento State 195.875; Boise State 195.025; Seattle Pacific 192.600

Sat., Mar. 6
STANFORD 197.775; Maryland 197.375
CAL 195.825; Utah State 195.350
Seattle Pacific 192.875; WASHINGTON, 191.475

Sun., Mar. 7
UCLA 198.325; Michigan 195.725

All times local (meet site) and subject to change

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - The No. 9 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped its non-conference meet at No. 7 Florida Feb. 6. Arizona's 196.650 is the third-best road mark of the season, and extends the Wildcats record streak to seven-consecutive meets scoring 196 points or better. Arizona was swept in team event competition, and Florida's team score of 198.025 is the fifth-best team mark in the nation this season. Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi tied for second on beam (9.925), fourth on floor (9.900), and finished fourth in the all-around (39.425).

ARIZONA STATE - Sophomore Ashley Kelly won her fourth all-around title in a row in leading Arizona State University's 21st-ranked gymnastics team to a 198.45-194.875 win over Eastern Michigan Feb. 6. ASU's team score of 198.45 was a school record, breaking the old mark of 198.275. Kelly will go for her school record tying fifth in a row next Friday in a meet versus No. 25 Minnesota at ASU.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears finished off a home and away sweep of Utah State March 5, posting their second-best mark of the season (195.825). A record breaking display on the beam highlighted one of the Bears best performances of the season. My-Lan Dodd, Karissa Chock and Miho Maeda each scored 9.875, contributing to the great Cal win. Cal takes on Ball State at home Friday night before heading into postseason play.

OREGON STATE - The No. 13 Oregon State gymnastics team went 24-for-24 for the first time this season to set a school record of 197.675 to win the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Friday night. Beating No. 14 Bringham Young and No. 23 Michigan State, the Beavers scored 49.400 or higher on all four events. OSU gymnasts won or tied for first on every event. Chelsea Plourde won the all-around with a career-best 39.650, tying the second best score in OSU history.

STANFORD - The Stanford team jumped two spots in the latest rankings to No. 3 after last week's win at Maryland. The No. 3 ranking is the highest team ranking in program history. Last weekend, the Cardinal continued to perform well, recording a 197.775-197.375 win at Maryland. Stanford looks to continue their efforts when they head to Tucson, AZ for the Pac-10 Championship on March 20th.

UCLA - In the last regular season home meet of their careers, the Bruins easily defeated Michigan, 198.325-195.725. Seniors Jeanette Antolin and Kristen Maloney, nationally ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively, went 1-2 in the all-around. Antolin and Yvonne Tousek scored perfect 10s, Christy Erickson tied her career high on floor exercise in her final routine, and Jamie Dantzscher recorded a season-high on floor to close the meet. UCLA visits to Florida for one last meet before they head into the postseason.

WASHINGTON - Despite recording the second-best score in school history, the 12th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team could not pull off its second-straight upset of a top-10 team, finishing second in a four-way meet that was won by sixth-ranked Utah. The Husky effort was highlighted by senior Emily Pritchard, who tied the school record while winning the all-around with a score of 39.825 and recorded the first 10 of her career on vault. Then on March 6, Seattle Pacific defeated Washington, who did not field its usual lineup. Tacia LaBatte, an all-arounder, did not compete in the event while Emily Pritchard and Kelly McDonald's, Washington's other top all-arounders, only competed on bars. The Huskies will take on Seattle Pacific again and Boise State at home Friday.

Pac-10 Co-Gymnasts of the Week

Chelsea Plourde, OREGON STATE and Ashley Kelly, ARIZONA STATE

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- OREGON STATE Freshman Chelsea Plourde and ARIZONA STATE Sophomore Ashley Kelly have been named the Pacific-10 Gymnasts of the week for March 1-8, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Plourde helped OSU set a school record of 197.675 as the No. 13 Beavers went 24-for-24 for the first time this season to win the six-team Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, posting a win over No. 15 BYU. She won her fifth all-around title of the year with a personal best 39.650, breaking her own OSU freshman record and tying for the second-best all-around score in school history. Plourde had a career-high 9.975 to win the vault title (her fourth of the year on that event), and scored a career-high 9.925 to place second on bars. She took third on floor with a 9.90 and a 9.85 on beam. Plourde's vault score capped off a season-high 49.400 for the Beavers.

The Beavers wrap up the regular season when they travel to and take on No. 4 Utah this Friday.

Arizona State University post a school-record score of 198.45 in defeating Eastern Michigan, 198.45-194.875 Friday in Tempe as Kelly scored a 39.800 and won her fourth all-around title in a row. Kelly, who now has won nine all-around titles in just under two short years as a Sun Devil, will try to tie the school record of five all-around titles in a row next Friday in a meet versus No. 25 Minnesota. Kelly placed first in three events including a 10.00 on the balance beam, a 9.95 in the vault and tied for first with a 9.925 on the uneven bars. She also tied for fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.925. Kelly's 10.00 on the beam was the first of her career and the fifth overall of her career. Kelly's performance contributed to ASU's 198.45, shattering the old school record of 198.275 set last year.

The Sun Devils take on No. 25 Minnesota at home Friday before heading into the Pac-10 Tournament.

This is the first Gymnast of the Week award for both Plourde and Kelly this season.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jeanette Antolin, UCLA; Emily Pritchard, WASHINGTON.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: March 2: Natalie Foley, STANFORD; Feb. 25: Jeanette Antolin, UCLA; Feb. 18: Kelly McDonald, WASHINGTON; Feb. 10: Monica Bisordi, ARIZONA; Feb. 3: Kate Richardson, UCLA; Jan. 27: Kate Richardson, UCLA.

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