Gymnastics Year in Review
May 10, 2005
Women's Gymnastics Year in Review
UCLA came into the Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 2 in the nation. With the help of outstanding performances by senior Kristen Maloney and freshman Tasha Schwikert, the Bruins captured their 12th Pac-10 Championship. Maloney and 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. ARIZONA STATE junior, Ashley Kelly, tied for first on beam with a score of 9.950.
After the Pac-10 Championships, UCLA, WASHINGTON, STANFORD, OREGON STATE, ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE moved on to the NCAA Regional Championship. UCLA advanced to the NCAA team championships, while a handful of other Pac-10 gymnasts competed for individual championships. UCLA advanced to the Super Six and came in fourth.
In the NCAA individual event finals, UCLA Schwikert won the all-around title scoring a 39.725. Maloney won titles on vault (9.9375), and beam (9.9375). She also earned second place honors in the all-around with a score of 39.625. UCLA junior Kate Richardson placed fourth on beam scoring 9.9. Arizona State sophomore April Boone finished 13th in the all-around competition with a score of 39.05. Stanford freshman Tabitha Yim placed third on the floor (9.925), placed sixth on the uneven bars (9.875) and seventh on the balance beam.
In addition, UCLA Tasha Schwikert, Kristen Maloney, Kate Richardson and Stanford Tabitha Yim were all named first team All America. UCLA Jordan Schwikert was named second team All-America.
UCLA's Kristen Maloney was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, and UCLA's Tasha Schwikert won Freshman Gymnast of the Year honors. Oregon State's Tanya Chaplin was named Coach of the Year.