Tasha Schwikert Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week

Feb. 5, 2008

Walnut Creek, CA - Senior Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, NV) was named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Schwikert earned the Pac-10's highest all-around score of the season, 39.5, thanks to season-best marks on each of the individual events. Her all-around tally led a Bruin all-around sweep that gave UCLA a 195.975-194.425 dual meet victory at Washington. Schwikert won the vault with a 9.925 to improve her national ranking on the event to fifth (9.892 average). She also tied for first place with teammate Ariana Berlin on balance beam with a 9.85 and placed second on uneven bars with a 9.875 to contribute to UCLA's season-high team totals on both events. Schwikert's floor exercise score of 9.85 resulted in an additional second place tie.

Also receiving conference honors was Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week Ashlee Hinkle of Arizona State.

Schwikert, who received her fourth career Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year nod, is the fourth Bruin in as many weeks to receive Pac-10 honors. Anna Li was the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week in week one, and Marci Bernholtz and Jordan Schwikert were selected as the Event Specialist of the Week in weeks two and three, respectively.

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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