Bruins Dominate All-Pac-10 Gymnastics Team With 13 Honors

March 30, 2005

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Pac-10 champion UCLA dominated the all-conference gymnastics team, earning a school-record 13 of the possible 18 honors on the All-Pac-10 team. Senior Kristen Maloney became just the second gymnast in conference history to receive acclaim on all four events and the all-around, and freshman Tasha Schwikert earned honors on three events and the all-around.

Maloney joins 2004 U.S. Olympian and former UCLA teammate Mohini Bhardwaj (2000) as the only two athletes to earn the maximum five all-conference honors in one year. Maloney, who was selected as the 2005 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, tied for the all-around title at the Pac-10 Championships and also won the vault, beam (tied) and floor titles. She has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around for the past 10 weeks and is in the Top 4 on all four events.

Schwikert tied with Maloney for the 2005 Pac-10 all-around title and joins her 2000 Olympic teammate on the All-Pac-10 teams for the all-around, vault, bars and floor. Schwikert, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, won the Pac-10 title on bars with a perfect 10, her second of the season on that apparatus and her fourth overall this year. She is the top-ranked gymnast on the nation on the bars and floor and is ranked second in the all-around.

Junior Kate Richardson earned selection to the vault, beam and floor teams, the only events on which she competed at the Pac-10 Championships, bringing her career total of All-Pac-10 honors to 10, a new school record.

Freshman Jordan Schwikert earned selection to the all-around team. She finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and is currently ranked 21st in the nation.

UCLA had a clean sweep on vault and floor, with Maloney, T. Schwikert and Richardson claiming the three spots on those events.

The All-Conference teams consist of the top six all-around competitors, plus the top three competitors in each individual event. A gymnast's score is determined by a combination of 50 percent regional qualifying score (entire season composite) and 50 percent Pacific-10 Conference Championships score.

2005 ALL-PAC-10 WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS TEAM

All-Around
Monica Bisordi, Arizona - Senior
Natalie Foley, Stanford - Junior
Ashley Kelly, ASU - Junior
Kristen Maloney, UCLA - Senior
Jordan Schwikert, UCLA - Freshman
Tasha Schwikert, UCLA - Freshman

Vault
Kristen Maloney, UCLA - Senior
Kate Richardson, UCLA - Junior
Tasha Schwikert, UCLA - Freshman

Uneven Bars
Kristen Maloney, UCLA - Senior
Tasha Schwikert, UCLA - Freshman
Tabitha Yim, Stanford - Freshman

Balance Beam
Ashley Kelly, ASU - Junior
Kristen Maloney, UCLA - Senior
Kate Richardson, UCLA - Junior

Floor Exercise
Kristen Maloney, UCLA - Senior
Kate Richardson, UCLA - Junior
Tasha Schwikert, UCLA - Freshman

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