Pac-10 Announces Weekly Gymnastics Honors

Feb. 19, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA's Karin Wurm and OREGON STATE's Tasha Smith have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for February 12-18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Wurm, a senior from Landenberg, Pa., led the Wildcats to their first away dual meet victory over No. 17 ARIZONA STATE since 1987. The rivalry meet served as Wurm's fourth all-around competition of the season. For the third time in as many weeks she captured the all-around title. Wurm's final score of 39.454 bested her previous season and career highs. The mark helped the Wildcats reach a season-high team score of 195.925.

Wurm's high marks began on the individual events. She tied career highs with her 9.925 on bars and 9.900 on floor exercise. The stunning efforts earned Wurm a pair of apparatus wins. She now ranks No. 9 in the Pac-10 on bars, based on Regional Qualifying Average. Wurm's floor performance also contributed to the `Cats hitting the 49-point mark on the event for the first time this season. Her second place score of 9.850 on balance beam was a 2008 season high. On the fourth event, vault, Wurm's 9.775 made her part of a three-way Wildcat tie for first place.

Smith, a junior from Auburn, Wash., flirted with perfection on her floor exercise during the Beavers' upset over No. 9 STANFORD and Seattle Pacific. Her routine ended the night for the Beavers and drew a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 3300 people. One judge awarded Smith a perfect 10.0, but her final score was 9.975. The mark, earned on a routine that has not been performed since the second meet of the season, is a career best. She also captured the event title. In addition, Smith added a 9.9 on vault and a tie for second place on the apparatus, leading the Beavers to a season-high 49.325.

This is Wurm's second Gymnast of the Week nod and Arizona's eighth all-time. Smith earns Oregon State's first Event Specialist of the Week.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Gymnast of the Week: Tiana Jean, ASU; Siobhan Luce, CAL; Jen Kesler, OSU; Carly Janiga, STAN; Jordan Schwikert, UCLA; Haley Bogart, WASH.
Event Specialist of the Week: Briana Bergeson, ARIZ; Tia Orlando, ASU; Bridgette Glass, CAL; Liz Tricase, STAN; Niki Tom, UCLA; Samantha Walior, WASH.

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; Feb. 11 - Tabitha Yim, STAN; Feb. 18 - Karin Wurm, ARIZ.

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; Feb. 11 - Allyse Ishino, STAN; Feb. 18 - Tasha Smith, OSU.

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