This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

March 21, 2006

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2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

THIS WEEK

The Pac-10 Championships are Sat., Mar. 25 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., hosted by OREGON STATE. Conference teams have been competing hard and performing at their peak level to get ready for one last chance to show their talent in the Pac-10. Five teams remain in the nation's Top-25, including, ARIZONA STATE (9), STANFORD (10), UCLA (11t), ARIZONA (15) and OREGON STATE (17). For more information on the Pac-10 Championships, please visit www.osubeavers.com.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Sat., Mar. 25

Pac-10 Championships (Corvallis, Ore.), 6 p.m.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA - Sophomore Karin Wurm shattered her previous career-high in the all-around as the Wildcats (196.575) blew past then-No. 23 BYU (193.725) and host Texas Women's University (191.425) on Mar. 18. Junior Aubrey Taylor paced the Wildcats as she claimed the top spot on the bars, scoring a 9.850. Taylor claimed her second title of the night on the beam, recording a 9.9. Wurm captured the individual title on floor, posting a personal-best 9.9. Wurm and freshman Bree Workman each scored a 9.9 to share the individual title on vault. Arizona improved to 10-9. The Wildcats will next be in action at the Pac-10 Championships Sat., Mar. 25, in Corvallis, Ore.

ARIZONA STATE - Then-No. 12 Arizona State lost to then-No. 19 University of Denver, 196.475-196.125, Mar. 18. The team score was ASU's second-best road score of the campaign. ASU is now 11-4. Senior Ashley Kelly dominated in her final career regular season meet, winning her 21st all-around title, a school record, with a 39.375. Kelly also tied for second on the balance beam with a 9.9. Junior Cassandra Jusino led the way on vault, winning with a 9.9. The Sun Devils now enter postseason competition on Sat., Mar. 25 at the Pac-10 Conference Championships at Oregon State University, beginning at 6 p.m.

CALIFORNIA - California closed out its regular season with a win over San Jose State. The Bears claimed a 194.275-193.350 victory over the Spartans on Mar. 17. On senior night, Britani Pittulo posted a career-high 39.250 in the all-around competition. Pittulo recorded a 9.8 on the vault, 9.775 on the bars, 9.825 on the beam and a 9.850 on the floor. Sophomore Nicki Wells matched her career-high 9.850 to finish first on the bars. The Bears posted their season-high on the beam, recording a 48.400. The Bears will head to the Pac-10 Championships this weekend in Corvallis, Ore. The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.

OREGON STATE - On senior night, the Beavers walked away with a narrow victory over then-No. 18 Kentucky in the five team Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, Mar. 17. (Kentucky 196.100, Boise State 194.550, Washington 193.675, Seattle Pacific 190.750) The Beavers posted a season-high total of 196.550. Freshman Jami Lanz scored a 39.525 to take first place honors in the all-around, and scored a 9.9 to tie for first on the beam. Freshman Tasha Smith placed first on the floor, scoring a 9.950. Lanz and Smith also tied for second on the vault, posting a 9.9. The Beavers host the Pac-10 Championships this weekend at Gill Coliseum, Sat., Mar., 25 starting at 6 p.m.

STANFORD - The Cardinal had a bye week this week. On Sat., Mar. 25 the Cardinal will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to compete in the Pac-10 Championships.

UCLA - The Bruins posted a 195.975 score in a dual meet loss to then-No. 8 ranked LSU (196.825) in Baton Rouge, La. on Mar. 17. UCLA welcomed the return of injured gymnasts sophomore Tasha Schwikert and freshman Melissa Chan to competition. Senior Kate Richardson led UCLA with a 39.475 in the all-around to place second. Richardson also scored a 9.875 on the floor to tie for first on the event. The Bruins have one more chance to improve upon their regional qualifying score (196.005) when they compete at the Pac-10 Championships on Sat., Mar. 25 at Oregon State.

WASHINGTON - Senior Kelly McDonald tied for first on beam (9.9), took second in the all-around (39.325) and placed third on bars (9.825) in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, on Mar. 17. The Huskies scored a season-high 193.675 and finished fourth in the five team meet. (Oregon State 196.550, Kentucky 196.100, Boise State 194.550, Seattle Pacific 190.750) The Huskies remain potentially alive for a 32nd consecutive NCAA Regional bid in part by their season-high equaling 48.875 on floor. The Huskies return to Corvallis Sat., Mar. 25 for the Pac-10 Championships.

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