This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 24, 2007

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THIS WEEK
As the second week of Pac-10 play is quickly approaching, STANFORD leads the pack ranked nationally at No. 4. Two very important match-ups this week in the Pac-10 feature No. 13 OREGON STATE at No. 16 ARIZONA on Fri., Jan 26 and No. 6 UCLA hosting unranked ARIZONA STATE also on Fri., Jan 26. Another match-up to keep a close eye on is No. 4 STANFORD taking on a yoing unranked WASHINGTON in Seattle. CALIFORNIA is idle this week. The Pac-10 crown is still up for grabs as the season is just getting started. Any team can win. Who will it be?

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Jan. 26
ARIZONA vs. OREGON STATE, 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
UCLA junior Tasha Schwikert has been named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for January 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Schwikert, hailing from Las Vegas, Nev., recorded the top two all-around scores in the nations this year, earning a 39.675 in a tri-meet with San Jose State and Cal State Fullerton on Fri., Jan. 19 and improving to a 39.700 against #8 Arizona on Sun., Jan. 21. Schwikert won the all-around and all four events at Cal State Fullerton. Scored a career-high tying (9.975) on vault at Fullerton, earning a (10.000) from one judge and (9.950) from the other. Schwikert also won the all-around, beam and floor, tied for first on vault and placed second on bars vs. Arizona.

Over the weekend Schwikert set season-bests on every event and the all-around with a (9.975) on vault, (9.900) on bars, (9.950) on beam, (9.950) on floor and 39.700 in the all-around. She helped the Bruins record season-best team totals in consecutive meets - 196.05 on Fri., Jan 19 and 196.75 on Sun., Jan 21. She also helped UCLA achieve season-bests on vault (49.4 on Fri.), bars (49.35 on Sun.), beam (49.2 on Sun.) and floor (49.35 on Sun.). All eight routines she competed this weekend scored 9.900 or higher - five 9.900s, two 9.950s and one 9.975.

UCLA is currently ranked sixth in the national standings. UCLA will host Arizona State next on Fri., Jan 26 at Pauley Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jami Lanz, OSU; Liz Tricase, STAN.

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA - Arizona dropped its Pac-10 season opener to UCLA 196.750-193.075... The Wildcats' Rachelle Silberg and Brittney Morgan placed thrid on the vault scroing a (9.825)... Senior Aubrey Kelly, placed third in the beam with a score of (9.850) and third in the all-around with a score of 39.000... The Wildcats will host Oregon State Fri., Jan. 26.

  • ARIZONA STATE - Arizona State scored a 193.075 in its season opening loss against the Cardinal... Lauren Powell placed third 39.050 in her first all-around competition since the 2005 season... April Boone posted a (9.850) on both beam and floor placing third in both those events... Cassandra Jusino scored a (9.850) on vault to tie for second place... Arizona State did not compete this past week. The Sun Devil hosts No. 6 UCLA in its first home meet of the 2007 season on Fri., Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

  • CALIFORNIA - Despite lighting up the floor, California fell to No. 21 Oregon State, 195.400-191.875, in Corvallis, Ore., Friday evening in the first meet of the 2007 season... Sophomore Jessica Kelley posted a 38.625 in the all-around competition to finish third. Kelley tallied a career-high (9.850) on the floor and matched her career-high of (9.650) on the beam... The Bears return home to host Stanford in the Big Meet on Sun., Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.
  • OREGON STATE - Oregon State earned its first win of the season Friday night in its home opener against California... Sophomore Jami Lanz won the all-around with a season-high score of 39.300. Lanz added the vault (9.875) and beam (9.90) titles... Freshman all-arounders Mandi Rodriguez (39.000) and Laura-Ann Chong (38.600) each posted career-best scores in the all-around, with Rodriguez also setting new highs on bars, beam and floor and finishing second in the all-around Friday. The Beavers travel to Arizona next week for a meet against the No. 8 Wildcats, Fri., Jan. 26 starting at 7:30 p.m.

  • STANFORD -The Cardinal for the second straight meet hit 24 of 24 routines to record a season-best 197.125 - 193.075 resounding victory over the Sun Devils, who were ranked eleventh in the nation... Liz Tricase, a junior who is one of the nation's top competitors on Bars, tied her school record with a perfect (10.000), not once but twice... Junior Tabitha Yim was close behind in second place with a season-best (9.950)... In fact, Stanford took the Top 5 spots on Bars to record a season-best team total of 49.575... Stanford hits the road again Fri., Jan. 26 taveling to Washington.

  • UCLA - UCLA broke 196 for the first time this season, scoring 196.05 to place first in a triangular meet, Cal State Fullerton placed second with a 190.425, while San Jose State was third with a 189.175... Junior Tasha Schwikert won all four events and captured the all-around title with a national-best 39.675... UCLA recorded a season-high 196.750 to defeat eighth-ranked Arizona, who scored 193.075... Schwikert tied for first on vault and won the beam and floor. Freshman Anna Li also had a standout performance, earning a career-high 39.55 in the all-around and winning the uneven bars with a career-best (9.950). The Bruins will next compete on Fri., Jan. 26 at Arizona State.

  • WASHINGTON - Despite freshman Cassidy Lance scoring a career-high (9.900) on vault, and Washington recording its highest team score in nearly two years, No. 3 Utah held on for a 196.725-193.850 win. Washington will return home to face another highly-ranked foe in No. 12 Stanford, Fri., Jan. 26 at Bank of America Arena.
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