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.

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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