2008 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Gymnastics Championship

March 25, 2008

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WHAT: Pacific-10 Women's Gymnastics Championship

WHERE: Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Wash.

WHEN: 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008

THE MEET: Women's gymnastics teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, and WASHINGTON - five of whom were ranked in the Top 25 for the entire season - compete in one arena for ultimate Conference bragging rights.

TICKETS: Call the Husky Ticket Office at (206)-543-2200 or visit http://gohuskies.cstv.com.
Reserved Lower Bowl: $9
Upper Bowl: Adult General Admission: $7
Youth/Seniors/UW Students: $6
Groups (15 or more): $4

TELEVISION: The Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championships will be televised in an hour-and-a-half window on Fox Sports Net on a tape delay basis. Check your local listings for channel information and air time.

MEDIA CONTACT: The Washington sports information office handles publicity for the 2008 Women's Gymnastics Championship. Mike Bruscus, Asst. Director of Communications at Washington, can be reached at (206)543-2231.

MEET RESULTS: Live scoring can be found at http://gohuskies.cstv.com. At the conclusion of the event, results will be posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org). Please contact Nicole Goyette at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.

PAC-10 GYMNASTS TO WATCH AT 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP:
ARIZONA's Karin Wurm has won six all-around competitions this season and bested her previous career high with a 39.454 against the Sun Devils on Feb. 15... ARIZONA STATE's Ashlee Hinkle has been a consistent team leader on vault; in tandem with Tia Orlando on beam, the Sun Devils can guarantee two 9.9+ scores... CALIFORNIA's Bridgette Glass has scored a 9.8+ on beam five times in 2008... OREGON STATE's Tasha Smith scored a perfect 10.0 on her Feb. 22 floor exercise, while Jami Lanz (beam) and Mandi Rodriguez (vault) hit scoring streaks of 9.9+... STANFORD's Tabitha Yim paces the Cardinal in the all-around, but any starter can hit a big score... UCLA's Tasha Schwikert is the defending Pac-10 all-around and floor champion... WASHINGTON's Ashley Houghting won more than ten individual events this season.

PAC-10 NOTES:
*The next competition for all Conference teams is the Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championship, Sat., Mar. 29, in Seattle, Wash.

ARIZONA - The `Cats celebrated their seniors with a dominating win over BYU and CS Fullerton. The Wildcats showcased their depth by vaulting four of their six-woman event lineup into a tie for second (9.800). The momentum carried over to bars, on which Karin Wurm and Alexis Greene paced the team to a season-best 49.275 with their individual 9.9s and shared first place. A trio of gymnasts - Wurm, Briana Bergeson, and Miranda Russell - topped the night's beam competition with 9.825s. Danielle Hicks hit a 9.875 floor exercise and Wurm rounded out the meet with an all-around win (39.350).

ARIZONA STATE - The Gym Devils earned their highest road score of the season in a 195.625-195.5 heart-wrenching loss to Missouri. Ashlee Hinkle tied two career-high scores and earned a trio of second place finishes on beam (9.9), floor (9.875), and vault (9.850). Thanks to a 9.825 bars and 39.050 all-around performance, Tiana Jean nabbed two silver medals herself. Jean hit every bar routine of the regular season. Beaté Jones nailed her vault (9.850, T-second) and was solid on floor (9.825, third). Tia Orlando shined on beam, dismounting to a career-best and team-high 9.925 that gave the Sun Devils a season-high 49.25 on the apparatus.

CALIFORNIA - Despite falling to Boise State, numerous Golden Bears reached new season-high scores and, collectively, the team matched its season-best mark on vault (48.450). Siobhan Luce led the Bears on vault with a career-high 9.850 that garnered second place. Bridgette Glass matched the result on beam, hitting a career-best 9.900 for the second consecutive week. Jessica Kelly muscled her way to a season-high 9.800 and third place finish on beam after a strong 9.775 floor routine. On floor, the Bears' strongest event of the night (48.600), three gymnasts earned 9.750s.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers took a break from action last week.

STANFORD - The Cardinal won each of the five events and ultimately delivered their second 197-point team effort of the season in a quad meet hosted by UC Davis. Stanford was led by Tabitha Yim's 39.4 all-around tally. Liz Tricase earned a team-high 9.95 on vault, followed closely by a 9.925 by Yim. On uneven bars, Allyse Ishino and Nicole Ourada marked 9.875 and pushed the Cardinal lead in the early going. Kelly Fee's 9.85 on floor and a 9.900 by Tenaya West on beam rounded out Stanford's victors. On the day, all but two performances by the Cardinal were awarded with scores of 9.725 or higher.

UCLA - The Bruins were on hiatus from competition last week.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies wrapped up their regular season with a win over cross-town rival Seattle Pacific. Ashley Houghting scored three event wins, while Samantha Walior, Raimey Iselin, and Nikki Waiss shared the evening's fourth event win (bars). Thanks to the trio of 9.875s on the uneven bars, the Huskies posted a season-high team tally of 49.2. Iselan also contributed a 9.825 floor exercise. Freshman Haley Bogart, on vault, and Samantha Walior (floor) delivered 9.85s that awarded them second place on their respective apparatuses.

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