This Week in Pac-10 Gymnastics
Feb. 11, 2009
THIS WEEK IN THE PAC-10:
The STANFORD Cardinal are the nation’s newest squad to join the elite 197-point club. Only six teams have hit the mark this season, three of whom have scored superior to the 197.1 that Stanford hit on Sunday. The impressive tally vaulted the Cardinal to No. 4 in the country, a jump of two spots from last week. WASHINGTON added to the team feats as it surpassed 195 points for the first time in the 2009 campaign. The Huskies become the fifth squad in the Pac-10 to break the 195.0 barrier.
This week marks the first of the season in which national rankings will be tabulated by regional qualifying score (RQS). Until Feb. 9, rankings were tabulated by total season average. Qualification for regional competition is based on a team's and an all-around competitor's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the RQS, the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.
All seven Pac-10 squads hit the competition floor this weekend, with ARIZONA taking on a double-header. The Wildcats host a tri-meet on Friday, before flying to Texas for a Sunday afternoon showing. The team looks to build on its recent improvements on the road to overcome mental mistakes that have plagued the Wildcats’ 0-5 start. No. 24 ARIZONA STATE will host CALIFORNIA in its fourth consecutive Pac-10 meet. A heated dual is expected to take place on beam when eighth-ranked Sun Devil Nicole Harris (9.869 average) faces No. 13 Bridgette Glass (9.850) of Cal.
On Sunday, Conference action is headlined by No. 10 OREGON STATE at No. 4 Stanford. The two programs faced off at the start of the season in the Cancun Classic, where the Cardinal outpaced the Beavers by more than one full point. But since then, four of the Pac-10’s top seven all-around performances have come from from these two line-ups, and Oregon State has upped its season-high team total to less than a half-point shy of the Cardinal’s. No. 2 UCLA once again has a healthy squad and is back in action against a hot Husky lineup that last week moved within a 0.035-point season average of breaking into the national rankings.
COMPETITION SCHEDULE, FEB. 10 -FEB. 16:
*All times are Pacific
Friday, February 13
Brown/Wisconsin-Stout at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 15
ARIZONA at Texas Woman’s, Noon
UC Davis/OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
Boise State/Cal State Fullerton/WASHINGTON at UCLA, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA - Highlighting the Wildcats' fall to Washington (195.150-194.6) was Colleen Fisher, who won the all-around competition (39.075) and broke the 39-point barrier for just the second time this season. Arizona outbeamed the Huskies 49.000-48.800 for its only event win of the meet. Freshman Britnie Jones led the Wildcats on the apparatus with a secondplace 9.85. On floor, junior Sarah Tomczyk - fourth in the Conference standings - tied the event high of 9.85.
ARIZONA STATE - Nicole Harris placed third in the all-around (39.275) but the Sun Devils stumbled against Oregon State. Beaté Jones also competed in the all-around, compiling 39.075. On vault, Jones led the ‘Devils, hitting a 9.875 to tie for second. Freshman Callie Price landed a career-high 9.725. Moving onto floor, senior Tiana Jean assumed leadership and performed her way to a personal-best 9.875. Harris, ranked eighth in the nation on beam, won the final event rotation with her own 9.875.
CALIFORNIA - After four consecutive weeks of competition to begin their season, the Golden Bears had a bye weekend.
OREGON STATE – In their fourth annual Pink Out, the Beavers held the advantage on every event and Mandi Rodriguez earned individual titles on vault (9.9), floor (9.95), and the all-around (39.375) before a season-high 5,028 fans. Whitney Watson stuck her landing on vault and tied her career high of 9.825. Jen Kesler performed a near perfect bar routine that duplicated Leslie Mak’s 9.925. On floor, Kera Bolen tumbled her way to a season-high 9.85 and Jami Lanz hit a huge 9.9 to contribute to a string of solid scores that resulted in a season-high team score (49.350).
STANFORD - Nicole Ourada scored a career-high in the all-around (39.625), edging Carly Janiga (season-best 39.55) in a Cardinal victory over UC Davis. Behind their efforts, Stanford scored its season-high on two events - the floor exercise and vault (each 49.35) - and in total points. Other Cardinal highlights included season-bests of 9.85 each on floor by Danielle Ikoma and Nicole Pechanec. No Cardinal scored lower than 9.775 on the day and, with the exception of one Aggie on each of two apparatuses, Stanford swept every event.
UCLA – The Bruins have been cleared to resume full training and competition after a virus outbreak forced the cancellation of the team's dual meet at Stanford on Sunday. All team members are now symptom-free and resumed full training on Feb. 9.
WASHINGTON - The No. 30 Huskies scored a season-high 195.150 en route to a half-point upset over Arizona. The win snapped a three-year losing streak against the Wildcats. Washington won titles in every event, with senior Ashley Houghting earning first-place finishes on vault (9.9) and floor (T-9.85). Kristen Linton (bars, 9.825) and Samantha Walior (beam, career-best 9.9) each chalked up wins for the Huskies as well, pushing the Dawgs to their third straight win. The team recorded season-high event scores of 48.8 and 49.0 on beam and floor, respectively.
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