This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
A competitive Pac-10 gymnastics season is now underway, as six teams grace the pre-season Top 25 Coaches poll. According to the weekly national rankings, which are based on total season average, the Pac-10 boasts six teams among the Top 25 this week (No. 5 STANFORD, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 ARIZONA, No. 17 ARIZONA STATE, No. 21 OREGON STATE and No. 22 WASHINGTON). Look for exciting competition this week as Conference match-ups begin... CALIFORNIA travels to Oregon State, while UCLA travels to Washington on Friday, January 20. Two days later, the desert heats up with Arizona traveling to Arizona State, and Oregon State making a trip south to UCLA.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Friday, Jan. 20
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22
ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 2:00 p.m.
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 2:00 p.m.
ARIZONA - Despite a near perfect final rotation on the bars, the Arizona women's gymnastics team (194.350) fell to then-No. 5 Alabama (196.150) and Penn State (194.875) on Jan. 14. The Wildcats had their best team score (49.300) since 2004. Junior Aubrey Taylor, sophomore Danielle Hicks and sophomore Karin Wurm each earned second place scores of 9.875 on the uneven bars. Wurm earned second place in the all-around competition with a total of 39.025. The Wildcats will be in action again this Sunday, Jan. 22, at Arizona State.
ARIZONA STATE - Freshman Nicole Harris won the all-around competition with a score of 39.05, which helped No. 14 Arizona State defeat unranked Boise State, 193.150-189.95, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise on Jan. 13. Harris won three events in addition to the all-around, including the uneven parallel bars (9.775), the balance beam (9.875) and the floor exercise (9.75). The Sun Devils scored 48.65 on vault, which was their best event score of the meet. The Sun Devils open the home portion of the 2006 campaign on Jan. 22 versus in-state rival Arizona in Wells Fargo Arena.
CALIFORNIA - California posted its first win of the season over Sacramento State on Jan. 13. The Bears scored a 191.625, just slipping past the Hornets' 190.475. Freshman Jessica Kelley finished first in the all-around with a score of 38.450. Freshman Joanna Bennett, junior Nikki Wells and senior Britani Pittullo all tied for first on the bars with a score of 9.675. California will host its first home meet of the season this Friday, Jan. 20, when Oregon State visits the Bears.
OREGON STATE - Oregon State (192.200) beat BYU (190.075) and Iowa (188.050), but fell to then-No. 1 Florida (193.575) in a four-way meet on Jan. 13. Freshman Tasha Smith walked away with the all-around title and a personal best score of 38.800. Senior Chrissy Lamun tied for first place on bars with a score of 9.825. The Beavers travel south to take on California on Jan. 20 and then compete at UCLA two days later on Jan. 22.
STANFORD - Stanford looked impressive in its 2006 home opener in a four-way meet on Jan. 15 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal scored 194.350 points to beat Sacramento State (191.525), San Jose State (190.575) and UC Davis (186.875). Sophomore Tabitha Yim tallied a career best 39.600 to finish first in the all-around competition. She also had victories in the floor exercise (9.925), vault (9.900) and beam (9.875). Stanford's next meet is against Oregon State in Corvallis on Jan. 27.
UCLA - UCLA did not compete this past week. The Bruins' next meet will be against Washington in Seattle on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The then-fourth ranked Utah Utes downed the Huskies 195.625 to 193.325 at Bank of America Arena on Jan. 13 in front of 943 fans. Senior Kelly McDonald led the Huskies finishing second on the beam (9.850) and bars (9.850). Freshman Kristen Omori tied for second place honors on floor with a score of 9.825. The Huskies return to action on Jan. 20 at Bank of America Arena where they will take on Pac-10 rival UCLA at 7 p.m.