This Week In Pac-10 Gymnastics

April 27, 2005

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UCLA Places Fourth at NCAA Super Six, Bruins' Tasha Schwikert Captures All-Around Title

The second-ranked and second-seeded Bruins placed fourth at the NCAA Super Six Team Finals at Auburn University's Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on April 23. UCLA totaled 197.150, while Georgia scored 197.775 to capture the team title. Alabama was second with a 197.400, while Utah placed third with a 197.275. Michigan finished fifth behind UCLA with a 196.575, followed by Nebraska with a 196.425.

On the opening day of competition, freshman Tasha Schwikert won the all-around title scoring a 39.725 to become the first freshman since 2001 to claim the crown. Her all-around score was the highest winning total since 1998. She became the third all-time Bruin to win the all-around individual championship. Schwikert scored a 9.95 on uneven bars, 9.9 on balance beam, 9.95 on floor, and 9.925 on vault. Senior teammate Kristen Maloney placed second in the all-around with a score of 39.625. Also key in leading UCLA to the Super Six Team Finals were junior Kate Richardson, who scored a 9.9 on balance beam to place fourth, and freshman Jordan Schwikert, who scored a career-high tying 9.925 on vault.

During the final day of the Championships, the NCAA individual event competition, Maloney won individual titles on vault (9.9375) and beam (9.9375). She also became the first collegiate gymnast to perform a double layout full-out on floor and the second collegiate gymnast to do a laid-out double twisting Yurchenko on vault.

Other Pac-10 competitors with strong performances at the NCAA championships were ARIZONA STATE's April Boone and STANFORD's Tabitha Yim. Boone finished 13th in the all-around competition with a score of 39.05. Yim advanced to the individual event competition where she placed third on the floor (9.925), placed sixth on the uneven bars (9.875) and seventh on the balance beam (9.837).

Pac-10 Gymnasts Named to All-American Team

First Team All-Americans

Tasha Schwikert, UCLA - All Around, Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor

Kristen Maloney, UCLA - All Around, Vault, Balance Beam, Floor

Tabitha Yim, Stanford - All Around, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor

Kate Richardson, UCLA - Balance Beam, Floor

Second Team All-Americans

Jordan Schwikert, UCLA - Balance Beam

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