This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

March 6, 2007

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2007 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

THIS WEEK
The Pac-10 season is nearing its end, but the competition is high. No. 5 UCLA will again take on another powerhouse in No. 4 Alabama on Fri., Mar. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, Ala. No. 3 STANFORD returns to action hosting No. 10 Oklahoma also on Fri., Mar. 9, at 7:30 p.m. No. 10 OREGON STATE travels to Provo, Utah to meet up against, BYU and Utah State on Fri., Mar. 9, at 7:00 p.m. No. 15 ARIZONA travels to take on No. 22 North Carolina State Fri., Mar. 9, at 7:00 p.m. No. 21 ARIZONA STATE will host St. Johns and William & Mary, Fri., Mar. 9 at 7:00 p.m. CALIFORNIA will host Penn and Air Force also on Fri., Mar. 9 at 7;30 p.m. WASHINGTON hits the road to take on Minnesota on Sat., Mar. 10 at 4:00 p.m. We have some great match-ups this week, make sure not to miss any of them.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., March 9
ARIZONA at North Carolina State, 7:00 p.m.
ARIZONA vs. St. Johns w/William & Mary, 7:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Air Force, Penn, 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Utah State w/ Brigham Young , 7:00 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA at Alabama, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., March 10
WASHINGTON at Minnesota, 4:00 p.m.

PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
UCLA junior Jordan Schwikert has been named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for February 27 - March 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Schwikert, hailing from Las Vegas, NV, helped lead UCLA to a huge upset victory over second-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Georgia, 197.150-197.000. The team score was UCLA's highest of the season, and the win snapped Georgia's 27-meet, 57-opponent unbeaten streak (Georgia had not lost a meet since placing second at the 2005 NCAA Regionals). Schwikert scored a season-high 39.450 in the all-around in just her second all-around competition of the year, placing second. She earned season-high marks of 9.900 on vault to tie for second and 9.900 on floor to tie for third. She also added a 9.850 on beam and 9.800 on uneven bars. Schwikert's vault score of 9.900 helped the Bruins achieve a season-high 49.425 on that event, and her 9.900 on floor was instrumental to the Bruins holding onto their slim lead over Georgia in the final rotation.

UCLA will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Fri., Mar. 9 to take on powerhouse Alabama at 5:30 p.m.

Also Nominated: Karin Wurm, ARIZ; April Boone, ASU; Jami Lanz, OSU; Ashley Houghting, WASH.

Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 16 - Tasha Schwikert, Jr., UCLA; Jan. 13 - Tasha Schwikert, Jr., UCLA; Jan. 30 - Tabitha Yim, Jr., STAN; Feb. 6 - Carly Janiga, Fr., STAN; Feb. 13 - Nicole Ourada, Soph., STAN; Feb. 20 - Jami Lanz, Soph., OSU; Feb. 27 - Tasha Smith, Soph., OSU; Mar. 6 - Jordan Schwikert, Jr., UCLA.

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA - The No. 17 Arizona women's gymnastics team totaled a season-high road score, as it easily defeated California, 196.100-193.750 ... Junior Karin Wurm matched her season-high all-around total with a 39.300 ... Three of the four individual event titles were claimed by Wildcat gymnasts (Sarah Specht, floor; Briana Bergeson, beam; Karin Wurm, bars) ... Miranda Russell matched her season and career high score on beam with a 9.750. She also totaled the second-highest all-around score of career with a 38.900 ... The Wildcats travel to Raleigh, N.C., on Fri., Mar. 9, to compete against host North Carolina State, William & Mary and James Madison.

  • ARIZONA STATE - Senior April Boone scored the nation's first 10.000 on beam to lead Arizona State over Washington, 196.525-194.45 ... ASU's team score of 49.575 on beam was the highest recorded on beam thus far in the nation. Six Sun Devils scored career-highs ... The Sun Devils travel west to take on Cal-State Fullerton on Sun., Mar. 11, at 2:00 p.m.

  • CALIFORNIA - Despite posting its season-best score, California, fell to No. 17 Arizona, 196.100-193.750 ... In the all-around, junior Siobhan Luce scored a career-high 39.075 ... Sophomore Bridgette Glass scored a career-high 9.900 on the beam. This was the first time since 2004 that a Cal gymnast has scored a 9.9 or higher on the beam ... Cal will return home to host Penn and Air Force Fri., Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m where it will honor three seniors.

  • OREGON STATE - Oregon State's score of 196.475 gave them a win in a quadrangular meet this week ... It is the third week in a row, it scored above 196 ... Sophomore Jami Lanz led the Beavers setting another career-best all-around score of 39.575 ... Lanz recorded career-highs on vault and bars with matching 9.925s. Lanz's 39.575 marks the ninth highest all-around score in OSU history ... The Beavers' head to Provo, Utah where they will face BYU and Utah State Fri., Mar. 9.

  • STANFORD - Stanford did not compete this week. The Cardinal return to Burnham Pavilion, Fri., Mar. 9, at 7:30 p.m. when they host the University of Oklahoma.

  • UCLA - The sixth-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team upset second-ranked Georgia, 197.150-197.000 ... It was a back and forth battle throughout the competition, but the Bruins were able to pull out the win ... Sophomore Ariana Berlin led off with a Yurchenko layout full that scored a career-high 9.875. Anna Li and Peckett followed suit with a pair of 9.850s, and Jordan Schwikert earned a season-high tying 9.9 ... The Bruins match-up with a tough No. 4 Alabama Fri., Mar. 9 in Tuscaloosa.

  • WASHINGTON - Nikki Waiss won the uneven bars and No. 28 Washington posted its highest team score in nearly three years to take second place in a three-way meet at Bank of America Arena ... Washington established season-highs on vault (49.100), beam (48.850) and floor (49.125) ... In all, the Huskies scored 12 routines over 9.800, including four such marks on vault, two on bars, three on beam and three on floor. ... Washington travels north to take on Minnesota on Sat. Mar. 10.
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