This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

April 25, 2006

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Oregon State, Arizona State make it to NCAA Championships; UCLA's Kate Richardson Captures Floor Title

The Sun Devils concluded their 2006 season on April 20 with a ninth-place finish (195.575) at the NCAA Championships, their fourth top-10 finish in the last six years, and the 19th top-10 finish in head coach John Spini's 26 years at Arizona State. Arizona State senior Ashley Kelly took third place in the individual finals of the uneven bars (9.8375). Kelly earned a spot in the individual finals after tying for second place with a 9.9 in the preliminary team session.

Acting as host of the championships, Oregon State finished with a team score of 195.150, good for eleventh overall. Senior Chrissy Lamun led the way for the Beavers with her 9.80 performance on the uneven bars. On floor, Lamun and freshman Tasha Smith posted a pair of 9.85s, and freshman Jami Lanz added a 9.825.

UCLA senior Kate Richardson won her third career NCAA individual title by taking first on the floor exercise with a 9.95, capping off a successful event finals for the Bruins, who also placed second and third on vault. Freshman Kristina Comforte placed second on vault with a 9.9, and Richardson was third with a 9.8313. UCLA has now won 26 NCAA individual titles.

Stanford sophomore Tabitha Yim finished a highly successful 2006 season with a third-place finish on the floor exercise on April 22. Yim scored a 9.9125 to finish in a three-way tie for third place. Yim also competed on bars and finished ninth (9.3250).

Pac-10 Gymnasts Named to All-American Team

First Team All-Americans
Kristina Comforte, UCLA - All Around, Vault
Tabitha Yim, STAN - All Around, Bars, Floor
Kate Richardson, UCLA - Vault, Floor
Ashley Kelly, ASU - Bars

Second Team All-Americans
Natalie Foley, STAN - Vault, Bars
Tasha Smith, OSU - Vault
Kate Richardson, UCLA - Beam
Nicole Harris, ASU - Beam
Chrissy Lamun, OSU - Beam

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