Pac-10 Announces Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week Honors

Jan. 29, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE's Jami Lanz has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Jordan Schwikert of UCLA has been named the Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week for January 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Lanz, an Oregon native hailing from Eugene, had by far her best meet of the Beavers' 2008 campaign to date. She posted season-best scores on each of her four individual events and, consequently, in the all-around. The 9.95 Lanz earned on beam is the highest score of her career on the apparatus. A junior, Lanz earned three individual titles - beam, all-around, and vault (tie) - and shared second place on both floor and bars.

Lanz's efforts helped the Beavers notch season-high team scores on bars, beam, and floor, launching the team to a final score greater than 196 for the first time in 2008. Only seven teams in the nation have tallied scores greater than Oregon State's 196.275 this season. The impressive result gave the No. 11 Beavers a 2.225-point victory over No. 14 ARIZONA.

Schwikert, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., scored a meet-high and season-high 9.9 on the uneven bars to help the Bruins edge ninth-ranked Stanford 195.050-195.025, in a dual between the Pac-10's top two teams. Coming back from a hamstring injury that kept her out of competition last week, the high bar mark gave Schwikert a share of the event victory. In the meet's final rotation, Schwikert equaled her floor exercise season-high of 9.8 to clinch the Bruin win. The score, which matched that of her sister's floor mark, secured second place on the event for not one, but two Schwikerts.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Gymnast of the Week: Alexis Greene, ARIZ; Ashlee Hinkle, ASU; Siobhan Luce, CAL; Nicole Ourada, STAN; Tasha Schwikert, UCLA; Ashley Houghting, WASH.
Event Specialist of the Week: Colleen Fisher, ARIZ; Mary Atkinson, ASU; Joanna Bennett, CAL; Yuki Lamb, OSU; Heather Purnell, STAN; Kristen Linton, WASH.

2008 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 14 - Anna Li, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Nicole Harris, ASU; Jan. 28 - Jami Lanz, OSU.

2008 Pac-10 Event Specialists of the Week: Jan. 14 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 21 - Marci Bernholtz, UCLA; Jan. 28 - Jordan Schwikert, UCLA.

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