This Week In Pac-10 Gymnastics

Jan. 18, 2005

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THIS WEEK
A competitive Pac-10 gymnastics season is now underway, as seven teams grace the pre-season Top 25 Coaches poll. According to the weekly national rankings, which are based on team high score, the Pac-10 boasts four teams among the Top 20 (No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 ARIZONA STATE, No. 13 OREGON STATE, No. 18 WASHINGTON). Look for exciting competition this week as Conference match-ups continue... ARIZONA hosts rival ARIZONA STATE, while OREGON STATE heads off to battle the Utah Utes. STANFORD travels north to face WASHINGTON, while UCLA hosts a meet of its own that includes CALIFORNIA, Cal State Fullerton, and Sacramento State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Friday, January 21
ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs Utah, 7:00 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 23
UCLA vs CALIFORNIA, w/CSUF, Sac St., 2:00 p.m.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - The Arizona women's gymnastics team started their home season with a bang. With a score of 193.350, ARIZONA beat Illinois-Chicago (189.600), No. 6 Michigan State (191.975), and No. 23 Missouri (191.700). The Wildcats were led by senior Katie Johnson who scored a 9.9 for her floor performance which earned her an individual title in the event. She also earned an individual title on the vault for scoring a 9.850. Senior Monica Bisordi tied for first with a 9.825 on the balance beam. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor won her first individual title for the year with a 9.750 score on the uneven parallel bars. The Wildcats' record is 5-3 on the season.

ARIZONA STATE - No. 5 Arizona State was upset by to No. 11 Washington, 193.050-192.750 in front of 1,044 fans at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night. The Sun Devils are now 3-1 on the season and fall to 0-1 in Pac-10 play. Junior Ashley Kelly, the defending national champion on the beam, won the event with a score of 9.925, tying a season high. Kelly also won the vault (9.875) and the all-around (39.425). Sophomore Cassandra Jusino won the floor exercise posting a 9.875. Jusino also tied for first on the uneven bars (9.825).

CALIFORNIA - No. 25 California women's gymnastics swept the top three all-around spots and posted a team score of 191.850 to defeat UC Davis (187.375) and Brown (179.950) in Friday's season opener at Haas Pavilion. Senior My-Lan Dodd had a score of 9.800 on the beam which helped her grab the top all-around spot. Freshman Alli Szutu posted a score of 38.775 to get second in the all-around. Senior Miho Maeda had a personal best on the bars with a score of 9.900 to help her get third in the all-around. The Bears are now 2-0 and next face UCLA on January 23rd.

OREGON STATE - Oregon State split last week, winning at Cal State Fullerton, but fell to No. 2 UCLA. Against UCLA, all six Beavers posted solid scores on the beam and were led by freshmen Courtney Dennison (9.625) and Claire Pierce (9.600). OSU is currently ranked No. 13 nationally and is led by senior Heather Justus and junior Angela Morales who are tied for fourth in the country on the floor. OSU, now 3-1, will test itself as it takes on No. 1 ranked Utah this Friday at home.

STANFORD - Stanford has rescheduled its meet with Cal planned for January 14 until the 2006 season. The Cardinal are now officially one week away from their first competition against No. 18 Washington.

UCLA - UCLA defeated both Oregon State (194.500-192.875) and Nebraska (197.050-192.650), but lost to the No. 1 ranked Utah Utes (197.675-197.300). UCLA came out strong to defeat No. 19 Nebraska in UCLA's home opener on January 17. 2000 Olympian freshman Tasha Schwikert led the Bruins with her 10.0 on the uneven bars, while two-time Olympian junior Kate Richardson led a 1-2-3 sweep in the all-around with a score of 39.525. UCLA is currently ranked second nationally.

WASHINGTON - For the first time ever, the Huskies defeated ASU in Tempe (193.050-192.750). Senior Carly Dockendorf shared first place honors on the uneven bars (9.825). The Huskies won the team title on the vault (48.600 to 48.100) and floor (48.525-47.325). The Huskies return to the Bank of America Arena on January 21 to face Stanford. Washington is now ranked No. 18 nationally.

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