UCLA Wins 12th Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship
March 26, 2005
Berkeley, CA - UCLA won its 12th Pac-10 Gymnastics championship, scoring a 197.1 to defeat Arizona (195.925), Oregon State (195.9), Stanford (194.600), Washington (194.425), Arizona State (192.975) and California (163.55) at the Pac-10 Championships Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. UCLA's Kristen Maloney and Tasha Schwikert tied for first in the all-around with identical scores of 39.7. Maloney also won vault (9.925), beam (9.95, tied with ASU's Ashley Kelly) and floor (9.975), while Schwikert won the uneven bars with a perfect 10.
UCLA began the meet on vault and posted a 49.3 to take an early lead. Sophomore Ashley Peckett led off with a 9.825, followed by a season-high 9.75 from senior Kisha Auld. The scores kept building up from there, as Jordan Schwikert earned a 9.8, Kate Richardson a 9.85, Tasha Schwikert a 9.9 and Maloney a 9.925. Stanford earned a score of 48.875 on beam to secure second place after one rotation, followed by Washington (48.6) and Arizona State (48.375).
Oregon State vaulted strong in the second rotation, scoring a 49.25 to move into second place just .05 behind the Bruins, but UCLA came out strong in the third rotation after a second-rotation bye. The Bruins scored a 49.275, led by T. Schwikert's perfect 10, her second of the season on bars. Peckett started the rotation with a season-high 9.8, and Courtney Walker recorded a career-high 9.75. Also adding to the Bruin total were scores of 9.85 from Maloney, 9.775 from J. Schwikert and 9.85 from Lindsey Vanden Eykel.
UCLA moved to the balance beam with over a one-point lead over second-place Stanford and hit 6-for-6 with three scores of 9.9 or higher for a team score of 49.375. Maloney led the way with a 9.95, and Richardson and T. Schwikert each recorded a 9.9. J. Schwikert contributed a 9.875, Vanden Eykel a 9.75 and Christie Tedmon a 9.625.
With UCLA on a bye in the fifth rotation, Oregon State made a big move on the balance beam, scoring 49.35, thanks to five scores of 9.825 or higher. The Beavers' beam score moved them to within .375 of UCLA's lead (147.95-147.575).
The Bruins ended their competition on floor exercise and scored a 49.15, for a final team total of 197.1. Maloney led the way with a 9.975 on floor to take top honors, and T. Schwikert and Richardson each scored 9.9s.
Oregon State entered the final rotation needing to score 49.525 on floor to tie UCLA for first place but fell short and dropped into third place with a 195.9. Arizona lit it up on balance beam, scoring 49.35 to vault into second place with a 195.925.
UCLA athletes swept the post-season honors, as Maloney was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, and T. Schwikert was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. UCLA alumnae and Oregon State head coach Tonya Chaplin won Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.
2005 Pacific-10 Conference Championships
TEAM: 1. UCLA, 197.1; 2. Arizona, 195.925; 3. Oregon State, 195.9; 4. Stanford, 194.600; 5. Washington, 194.425; 6. Arizona State, 192.975; 7. California, 163.55.
VAULT: K. Maloney (UCLA), 9.925; 2T. T. Schwikert (UCLA), Megan Devencenzi (OSU), Rachel Silberg (AZ), 9.9. Also: 7T. Kate Richardson (UCLA), 9.85; 10T. Ashley Peckett (UCLA), 9.825; 15T. J. Schwikert (UCLA), 9.8; 21T. Kisha Auld (UCLA), 9.75
BARS: 1. T. Schwikert (UCLA), 10.0; 2. Tabitha Yim (STAN), 9.9; 3. Kelly (ASU), 9.875. Also: 4T. Lindsey Vanden Eykel (UCLA), Maloney (UCLA), 9.85; 10T. Peckett (UCLA), 9.8; 13T. J. Schwikert (UCLA), 9.775; 17. Courtney Walker (UCLA), 9.75
BEAM: 1T. Maloney (UCLA), Ashley Kelly (ASU), 9.95; 3. Chelsea Plourde (OSU), 9.925. Also: 4T. Richardson (UCLA), T. Schwikert (UCLA), 9.9; 10T. J. Schiwkert (UCLA), 9.875; 23. Vanden Eykel (UCLA), 9.75; 33. Christie Tedmon (UCLA), 9.625
FLOOR: 1. Maloney (UCLA), 9.975; 2T. T. Schwikert (UCLA), Richardson (UCLA), Heather Justus (OSU), 9.9. Also: 18T. Peckett (UCLA), 9.725; 22T. Tedmon (UCLA), J. Schwikert (UCLA), 9.65.