This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 25, 2005

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THIS WEEKAs Pac-10 competition continues, five out of seven teams are ranked among the national Top-25: UCLA, OREGON STATE, ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA and WASHINGTON. With a tough Conference schedule, it's hard to stay at the top. No. 1-ranked UCLA will continue to battle for top honors as it hosts No. 17 ARIZONA STATE this week. No. 14 OREGON STATE will travel down to the Bay Area to take on STANFORD. No. 20 ARIZONA will battle at No. 22 WASHINGTON, alongside Minnesota and Seattle Pacific.

Friday, January 28

ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, w/Minnesota, Seattle Pacific, 7:00 p.m.CALIFORNIA vs UC Davis, 7:00 p.m.ARIZONA STATE vs UCLA, 7:30 p.m.OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.*all times are local to site


ARIZONA - Arizona (6-3 overall, 1-0 in Pac-10) knocked off a top-10 team for the second consecutive week as it came from behind to beat Arizona State (193.925-193.500). This is the first time Arizona beat its in-state rival during regular-season competition since 1998. Senior Katie Johnson captured her second individual title of the season in the floor exercise with a score of 9.825. Johnson also tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.825. Senior Jamie Schell earned a share of the individual title by scoring 9.825 on the uneven bars. Arizona will travel to Washington on Friday to take on Washington, Minnesota, and Seattle Pacific.

ARIZONA STATE - The No. 7-ranked Sun Devils (3-2) fell to Arizona 193.925-193.500 on Friday at the McKale Center in Tuscon. Junior Ashey Kelly, the defending national champion on balance beam, beat the field with a score of 39.250. Kelly also tied for first on vault and uneven bars with a score of 9.825 on each. The Sun Devils return home Friday to play host to No. 2-ranked, and national champion, UCLA at 7:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears (191.175) took second at a quad meet at Pauley Pavilion January 23 behind UCLA (197.150) and in front of Sacramento State (190.375) and Cal State Fullerton (190.325). Senior Miho Maeda posted Cal's best individual finish, scoring a 9.775 to finish fourth on balance beam. The Bears (0-1 Pac-10, 4-1 overall) return to action Friday at UC Davis at the Aggies' Recreation Hall at 7 p.m.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers (3-2) continued to show improvement against Utah (3-2), the highest-ranked team in the country, January 21 at Gill Coliseum in front of 3,317 fans. The Beavers lost 194.250-195.950. Senior Heather Justus led the ninth-ranked vaulting team in the country with a score of 9.825. Oregon State's eighth-ranked bars team had a solid performance with a season high from senior Therese Videan (9.85). Oregon State travels to Stanford for a dual with the Cardinal, Friday at 7 p.m.

STANFORD - Stanford was defeated by No. 18-ranked Washington in the squad's season opener, falling 192.825-192.425 in Seattle on January 21. Freshman Liz Tricase captured the all-around title with a score of 39.050. Tricase finished first on vault with a score of 9.850, and first on bars with 9.825. Tricase and junior Natalie Foley tied for second place on the floor exercise with a score of 9.800. Stanford returns to The Farm for its home opener against Oregon State Friday at 7:30 p.m.

UCLA - Second-ranked UCLA recorded its third score of 197+ this season in defeating California (191.175), Sacramento State (190.375) and Cal State Fullerton (190.325) on January 23. The Bruins recorded a total of 197.15 to beat their nearest competitor California by nearly six points. Freshman Tasha Schwikert and senior Kristen Maloney led the way for the Bruins on the vault with scores of 9.925. On uneven bars, the Bruins recorded five scores of 9.8 or higher with Maloney leading the way with a season-best 9.95. Tasha Schwikert earned her first career 10.0 on the floor exercize to put an exclamation point on the meet.

WASHINGTON - The 18th-ranked Huskies (4-1) beat the pre-season No. 3- ranked Stanford 192.825-192.425 in front of 1,819 fans at Bank of America Arena on January 21. On beam, the Huskies set a team-high with a 48.600 and swept the top three spots, led by junior Kelly McDonald (9.850), sophomore Chelsea Bakken (9.750) and freshman Julie Medeiros (9.750). Senior Tacia LaBatte paced the Huskies effort on the floor, finishing first with a score of 9.850. The Huskies return to action Friday and will host Arizona, Minnesota, and Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m.

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