This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

March 28, 2005

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THIS WEEK

The Pac-10 Conference Championship offered great gymnastics and exciting competition as some of the best teams in the nation competed against each other. No. 2 UCLA (197.1) captured its 12th Pac-10 Championship, edging No. 18 ARIZONA (195.925) and No. 12 OREGON STATE (195.900). STANFORD (194.600) and No. 24 WASHINGTON (194.425) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. ARIZONA STATE placed sixth with 192.975 and CALIFORNIA (163.550) rounded out the Pac-10 Championships with seventh-place honors. UCLA senior Kristen Maloney and freshman Tasha Schwikert shared first place all-around honors, posting a high score of 39.7. Six of the seven Pac-10 teams will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Sat., April. 9

NCAA Regionals

West Region (Seattle, Wash) - No. 2 UCLA, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Central Michigan, No. 24 WASHINGTON, STANFORD, Boise State

North Central Region (Salt Lake City, Utah) - No. 1 Utah, No. 12 OREGON STATE, No. 13 BYU, Minnesota, Southern Utah, Iowa

South Central Region (Lincoln, Neb.) - No. 6 Nebraska, No. 8 Michigan, No. 18 ARIZONA, Missouri, ARIZONA STATE, Illinois

Central Region (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) - No. 4 Alabama, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 16 Utah State, Auburn, Kentucky, Kent State

Northeast Region (Durham, N.H.) - No. 3 LSU, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 15 Arkansas, New Hampshire, Rutgers, Pittsburgh

Southeast Region (Gainesville, Fla.) - No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 17 Denver, North Carolina, West Virginia, North Carolina State

*all times are local to site

PAC-10 HONORS

GYMNAST OF THE YEAR - KRISTEN MALONEY, UCLA

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - TASHA SCHWIKERT, UCLA

COACH OF THE YEAR - TANYA CHAPLIN, OREGON STATE

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Arizona posted a season-best road score of 195.925 en route to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships at Haas Pavilion Mar. 26. Freshman Rachelle Silberg claimed a share of second-place overall on vault with a personal-best score of 9.900. Seniors Katie Johnson and Monica Bisordi each earned 9.990 marks and shared fourth-place on the beam. Bisordi also placed fourth overall in the all-around with a total of 39.175. The Wildcats will compete in the South Central Region of the NCAA Championship hosted by Nebraska on April 9.

ARIZONA STATE - Arizona State finished in sixth place at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships with a score of 192.975. Junior Ashley Kelly finished third in the all-around (39.375), tied for first on the balance beam (9.95) and placed third on the uneven bars (9.875). The Sun Devils will travel to Nebraska to compete in the South Central Region of the NCAA Championship on April 9.

CALIFORNIA - California, which fielded just six healthy competitors due to injuries, finished in seventh place at the Pac-10 Championships Mar. 26 with a team score of 163.550. The host Bears, though depleted, had a few exceptional performances on the afternoon. Senior Lauren Shipp posted a 9.875 on beam, setting a new season best. Freshman Siobhan Luce tied for seventh on vault with a career-best 9.850. She also finished 10th in the all-around with a 38.500. The Bears will now wait to see if any of their gymnasts have qualified for the NCAA Regionals, which will be announced this week.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers scored a 195.900 in the Pac-10 Championships to place third on Mar. 26 at California. Freshman Megan Devencenzi tied for second on the vault scoring a 9.900. Sophomore Chelsea Plourde scored 9.925 on beam to place third. Oregon State coach Tanya Chaplin earned the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award for 2005. OSU will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to compete in the North Central Region of the NCAA Championship on April 9.

STANFORD - Junior Natalie Foley scored a 39.075 in the all-around to capture sixth place and led Stanford to a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championship in Berkeley, Calif. on Mar. 26. The Cardinal posted a team score of 194.600. Freshman Tabitha Yim scored a 9.900 on the uneven bars to place second. Stanford will next compete in the West Region of the NCAA Championship in Seattle, Wash. on April 9.

UCLA - UCLA won its 12th Pac-10 Championship, scoring 197.100 on Mar. 26 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Senior Kristen Maloney and freshman Tasha Schwikert tied for first in the all-around with identical scores of 39.7. Maloney also won vault (9.925), floor (9.975) and tied for first on beam (9.95). Schwikert won on uneven bars with a perfect 10. UCLA will compete next at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle, Wash.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies finished fifth with a 194.425 at the Pac-10 Championships Mar. 26. Junior Kelly McDonald was Washington's top performer, tying for fourth on both bars and beam. McDonald scored a 9.9 on beam and a 9.850 on bars. Senior Carly Dockendorf tied for fifth on floor scoring a 9.875. The Huskies return to action Sat., April 9 when they host the NCAA Regionals at Bank of America Arena.

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