This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
March 28, 2006
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
The Pac-10 Conference Championship offered great gymnastics and exciting competition as some of the best teams in the nation competed against each other. No. 8 STANFORD (197.100) captured its fourth Pac-10 Championship, edging No. 9t UCLA (196.800) and No. 16t OREGON STATE (196.400). No. 11 ARIZONA STATE (193.900) and No. 15 ARIZONA (193.750) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. WASHINGTON placed sixth (192.750), while CALIFORNIA (192.725) rounded out the Pac-10 Championships with seventh-place honors. Stanford sophomores Tabitha Yim and Liz Tricase stole the show, as Yim took first place honors in the all-around (39.650) and on the beam (9.975), and Tricase took first on the bars (9.925). Five of the seven Pac-10 teams will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Sat., April 8
West Region - 6 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) - No. 5 Alabama, No. 8 STANFORD, No. 16t OREGON STATE, Boise State, Sacramento State, San Jose State
North Central Region - 6 p.m. (Ames, Iowa) - No. 4 Iowa State, No. 11 ARIZONA STATE, No. 15 ARIZONA, No. 19 Denver, No. 21 Minnesota, No. 24 Brigham Young
South Central Region - 6 p.m. (Fayetteville, Ark.) - No. 3 Florida, No. 9t UCLA, No. 18 Arkansas, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Southeast Missouri State
Central Region - 6 p.m. (Baton Rouge, La.) - No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 LSU, No. 16t Penn State, No. 20 Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State
Northeast Region - 6 p.m. (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - No. 2 Utah, No. 9t Michigan, No. 14 Auburn, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, Rutgers
Southeast Region - 6 p.m. (Athens, Ga.) - No. 1 Georgia, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13 Missouri, West Virginia, No. 23 North Carolina, North Carolina State
*all times are local to site
GYMNAST OF THE YEAR - KATE RICHARDSON, UCLA
CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR - ARIANA BERLIN, UCLA & JAMI LANZ, OREGON STATE
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR - KRISTEN SMYTH, STANFORD & JOHN SPINI, ARIZONA STATE
ARIZONA - The then-No. 15 Wildcats (193.750) finished in fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships on Mar. 25. On beam, sophomore Karin Wurm was the squad's top performer, notching a 9.775 to lead Arizona to a team score of 48.225. On vault, junior Jamie Holton led the way, scoring a 9.850, good enough to tie for eighth overall. The Wildcats have advanced to 20-consecutive NCAA Regional Championships as they travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete at the North Central Regional Championships on April 8. Arizona is a No. 3 seed.
ARIZONA STATE - Arizona State placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore., with a score of 193.900. Senior Ashley Kelly tied for second on the beam (9.950) and placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.475. Head coach John Spini was named the 2006 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year by his peers at the Conference championships. Spini shared the award with Stanford's Kristen Smyth. Spini won the honor for the fourth time as he was also named Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 1996. The Sun Devils will compete in the 2006 NCAA North Central Regional Championships to be held April 8 at Iowa State University. ASU is a No. 2 seed.
CALIFORNIA - California finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore., on Mar. 25. Senior Britani Pittulo scored a team-high 38.850 in the all-around competition. Pittulo recorded a 9.750 on the vault, 9.700 on the bars, 9.675 on the beam and a 9.725 on the floor. Pittulo finished 12th in the all-around competition. Freshman Lydia Williams finished fifth on the bars after she matched her career-high with a 9.850. Junior Isabel Garcia notched a 9.775 on the vault and a 9.625 on the floor. Pittullo will travel to the NCAA West Regional as an individual all-around competitor on Mar. 25 at Stanford.
OREGON STATE - Oregon State scored a 49.0 or higher on three events en route to a third place finish with a score of 196.400 at the Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 25. Along the way, freshman Tasha Smith won two individual titles on the vault (9.925) and the floor exercise (9.950), and senior Chrissy Lamun took second place honors on the uneven bars (9.900). Smith becomes OSU's third Pac-10 vault champion and the Beavers' eighth Pac-10 floor champ. Freshman Jami Lanz received co-Freshman of the Year honors, sharing the award with UCLA's Ariana Berlin. The Beavers will travel to Stanford to compete in the NCAA West Regional on April 8. Oregon State is seeded third.
STANFORD - For the second time in the last three seasons, Stanford has won the Pac-10 Championship. Fueled by first place efforts from sophomore Tabitha Yim in the all-around (39.650) and beam (9.975), and sophomore Liz Tricase on bars (9.925), the Cardinal tallied a season-high 197.100 to take first. Stanford, ranked eighth in the nation, will host the NCAA West Regional on April 8 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal is seeded second in their region behind number one-seed Alabama.
UCLA - Then-No. 10 UCLA scored a season-high 196.800 to place second at the Pac-10 Championships on Mar. 25 in Corvallis, Ore. Senior Kate Richardson (39.550) and sophomore Jordan Schwikert (39.500) placed second and third in the all-around, respectively. Richardson also took second on beam (9.950) and third on floor (9.900). Schwikert also took second on vault (9.900) and third on bars (9.900). Richardson was voted by the conference coaches as Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, continuing a 10-year streak of a Bruin winning the award. Ariana Berlin earned co-Freshman of the Year acclaim; along with Oregon State's Jami Lanz. The ninth-ranked Bruins will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the NCAA South Regional Gymnastics Championships on April 8. UCLA is seeded second.
WASHINGTON - Washington finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships scoring a 192.750. Freshman Ashley Houghting was the only Husky to crack the top 10 in an event, tying for eighth on vault with a 9.850. Senior Kelly McDonald tied for tenth in the all-around with a 39.050. McDonald was the Huskies' top finisher on beam (9.825), bars (9.775) and floor (9.775), placing 14th on the three events. Houghting (vault), McDonald (bars, beam) , junior Chelsea Bakken (all-around) and freshman Kristen Omori (floor) will travel to the NCAA West Regional as individual competitors on Mar. 25 at Stanford.
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