UCLA's Kristen Maloney Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week

March 21, 2005

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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.

Senior 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, andplaced first onvault (her sixth vault victory of the year) and tied for second on floor.

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

ALSO NOMINATED: Monica Bisordi, ARIZ; April Boone, ASU; Chelsea Plourde, OSU; Tabitha Yim, STAN; Carly Dockendorf, WASH.

2005 PAC-10 GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK: Jan. 18- Tasha Schwikert, UCLA; Jan. 25- Kristen Maloney, UCLA; Feb. 1- Liz Tricase, STAN; Feb. 7 - Kristen Maloney; Feb. 14 - Kate Richardson, UCLA; Feb. 22 - Monica Bisordi, ARIZ; Feb. 27 - Liz Tricase, STAN; Mar. 8 - Kristen Maloney, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Katie Johnson, ARIZ.

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