Jamie Holton Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week

Feb. 27, 2006

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ARIZONA junior Jamie Holton has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 20-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Holton, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., set a career-high on beam and matched her career-best on floor to help the Wildcats upset Pac-10 leading and then-No. 6 UCLA, 195.350-194.700,Feb. 24. It was only the third win the Wildcats have earned over the Bruins in head coach Bill Ryden's eight seasons at Arizona, and only the fourth for the program since 1992.

Holton, a member of the 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team, started the night off scoring a 9.750 on vault to help Arizona to a team score of 48.800, its highest mark in three meets. Holton placed sixth in the event. The outing marked Holton's second vaulting performance on the year, as she made her season-debut on Feb. 17, setting a career-high 9.825.

Holton, who entered the beam lineup this season for the first time in her career, boosted the Wildcats' team score to 48.375 with a career-high 9.825. The mark, which was well above her season average of 9.622, shattered her previous career-best of 9.725, as she placed fourth overall in the event.

Holton paced the Wildcats by tying her career-high score of 9.800 on floor. The fifth-place mark helped Arizona to a team score of 49.075. It also marked only the second time in her career that she competed in three events in a single meet.

Arizona will be in action again at home on Fri., March 3, as No. 2 Florida and BYU visit McKale Center.

Also Nominated: Ashley Kelly, ASU; Jessica Kelley, CALIFORNIA; Chrissy Lamun, OREGON STATE; Natalie Foley, STANFORD; Kate Richardson, UCLA.

2006 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 17 - Tabitha Yim, STANFORD; Jan. 24 - Ashley Kelly, ARIZONA STATE; Jan. 31 - Aubrey Taylor, ARIZONA; Feb. 6 - Kristina Comforte, UCLA; Feb. 13 - Ariana Berlin, UCLA; Feb. 21 - Jordan Schwikert, UCLA; Feb. 27 - Jamie Holton, ARIZONA.

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