Pac-10 Announces Weekly Gymnastics Honors

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Feb. 5, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA's Tasha Schwikert and ARIZONA STATE's Ashlee Hinkle have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for January 29 - February 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Schwikert, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., earned the Pac-10's highest all-around score of the season on the heels of earning season-bests on each of the individual apparatuses. Her tally of 39.5 in the all-around led a Bruin sweep of the event that gave UCLA a sound dual meet win at WASHINGTON.

Schwikert won the vault with an electrifying 9.925. Only seven other gymnasts in the country have scored higher on the event. She now ranks fifth nationally on vault with a total season average of 9.892. Schwikert tied with fellow Bruins for first place on balance beam (9.85) and second place on uneven bars (9.875), contributing to UCLA season-high team totals on both. Her floor exercise score of 9.850 resulted in an additional second place tie.

Hinkle, a Glendale, Ariz., native, had a career-night on Wednesday against Oregon State that helped lead the Sun Devils to their highest team score of the season, 196.150. The Sun Devil junior won vault and floor, posting career-highs on both. Her vault score of 9.9 was the highest score by a Sun Devil gymnast on any apparatus this season. With her event-winning score, Hinkle led the Sun Devils to their best team vault score (49.150) of 2008. The mark stands as the tenth-best team vault score in the nation this season.

Hinkle continued to excel throughout the meet. The three event specialist posted a career-best 9.875 on floor to tie for first. Her score is the highest Sun Devil floor mark of the season and once again contributed to an Arizona State season-best team score, 49.175. Hinkle also posted a season-high 9.875 on beam to place second and tie the Sun Devils' season record in the event.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Gymnast of the Week: Karin Wurm, ARIZ; Tiana Jean, ASU; Siobhan Luce, CAL; Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Kristen Linton, WASH.
Event Specialist of the Week: Sarah Specht, ARIZ; Avery Gee, CAL; Yuki Lamb, OSU; Ariana Berlin, UCLA

2008 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 14 - Anna Li, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Nicole Harris, ASU; Jan. 28 - Jami Lanz, OSU; Feb. 4 - Tasha Schwikert, UCLA.

2008 Pac-10 Event Specialists of the Week: Jan. 14 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 21 - Marci Bernholtz, UCLA; Jan. 28 - Jordan Schwikert, UCLA; Feb. 4 - Ashlee Hinkle, ASU.

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