This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Jan. 20, 2010
Friday, January 22
No. 1 UCLA/San Jose State at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m. PT
No. 20 WASHINGTON at No. 5 OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, January 24
No. 24 ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m. MT
No. 1 UCLA at No. 8 STANFORD, 2 p.m. MT
All times are local to site
Rankings from GymInfo as of Jan. 18
Early in the 2010 season, the strength of the Wildcats has been on the vault. Against then-No.12 Stanford, the Gymcats scored a team total of 49.075, led by SO Deanna Graham’s score of 9.85. SR Sarah Tomczyk set a career-high on bars with a 9.875 against the Cardinal. SO Talyn Curry set a career-high on the vault with a 9.775 and FR Aubree Cristello scored a 9.825 on the bars, also a career-high.
The Sun Devils open their 2010 home slate by hosting in-state rival Arizona for the annual Duel in the Desert. JR Mary Atkinson leads the team in three events this season, including a career-high of 9.875 on bars, 9.875 on the floor and 9.825 on the vault. JR Beate Jones, last year’s top all-around competitor for ASU, is out indefinitely with a Lisfranc injury that occurred during preseason.
SR Sophia Hocini won the all-around with a score of 38.825, but the Golden Bears fell to Arizona State, 192.825-191.8. Paced by FR Nicolette Lew, Cal won the balance beam event with a score of 47.7. The best performance against the Sun Devils came on the floor exercise with a pair of 9.8, first by FR Mariesah Pierce and later by Hocini. The team finished with 48.45.
Against Ohio State, the Beavers swept the individial awards and SR Mandi Rodriguez won the all-around competition with a score of 39.35 as OSU defeated the Buckeyes, 196.125-193.05. SR Laura-Ann Chong scored a career-high 9.925 on bars. Chong ranks second in the NCAA on the bars with an average scoreof 9.925 and sixth on the balance beam with an average score of 9.875. FR Makayla Stambaugh is tied for fourth nationally on the floor exercise with an average score of 9.9.
For the second time in as many weeks, SR Carly Janiga won the all-around competition with a score of 39.325 against Arizona, earning her fourth-career Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor. Janiga, the defending Pac-10 all-around champion, has won the all-around competition in both meets this season. She also ranks fourth in the NCAA in the all-around with a score of 39.312.
For the second-straight meet, the Bruins recorded a score of 196+. SO Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs earned her first-career Pac-10 Special Performance after scoring a 9.9 on the floor exercise against then-No. 19 Washington. The Bruins have individuals that rank near the top in the nation in every catoegory, including Hopfner-Hibbs who leads the NCAA on the floor exercise (9.912), SR Anna Li leads the nation on the bars (9.937) and SO Tauny Frattone is the national leader on the vault (9.912). Hopfner-Hibbs ranks third in the all-around (39.412) and fourth on the balance beam (9.875).
Against No. 1 UCLA ,the Huskies set a season-high score, but fell to the Bruins, 196.125-194.875. Washington set season bests on three of four events. SO Hatsune Akaogi tied for first in the all-around with a score of 39.175. She also set a career-high on the vault with a score of 9.8. Also setting a career-high on vault with a score of 9.8 was FR Lauren Rogers.
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