Kristen Maloney Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week

March 21, 2005

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA senior Kristen Maloney has been named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for Mar. 14-20, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Maloney led UCLA to a come-from-behind quadrangular meet victory at Arkansas. The Bruins entered the final rotation down by .175 to third-ranked Nebraska. After UCLA's first vaulter fell, each subsequent vault had to be hit in order for the Bruins to stand a chance of overtaking Nebraska. Maloney was last up and not only hit, but hit big, scoring a season-high 9.975 to clinch the team victory.

Her second-place score of 9.95 on floor had helped the Bruins inch closer to the lead in the third rotation as they totaled 49.45 on floor to shrink a .35 Nebraska lead to .175. She also scored a 9.8 on bars and 9.875 on beam.

Maloney won the all-around for the fifth time this season, scoring a 39.6, and placed first on vault (her sixth vault victory of the year) and tied for second on floor.

Her marks helped UCLA achieve its second-highest road score of the season, 196.85.

This is Maloney's fourth Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor this season and second in the last three weeks.

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