This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Feb. 24, 2010
Two top-25 duals take place this weekend beginning with three matchups on February 27, as No. 7 OREGON STATE (9-1) takes on NO. 22 ARIZONA STATE (2-6) for a 7:30 p.m. MT meet. No. 3 UCLA (7-2) heads to nearby Cal State Fullerton for a 7 p.m. PT competition, while WASHINGTON (3-6) hosts No. 8 Arkansas and Seattle Pacific for a 7 p.m. PT dual.
The action concludes Sunday, February 28 with a top-25 quad-meet when ARIZONA (2-5) heads to Nebraska for a quad-meet against No. 11 Cornhuskers, No. 18 Denver and No. 25 West Virginia. No. 6 STANFORD (8-2) also hosts a quad-meet, welcoming CALIFORNIA (0-6), North Carolina and Eastern Michigan.
Friday, February 26
No. 7 OREGON STATE at No. 22 ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. MT
NO. 3 UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. PT
NO. 8 Arkansas/Seattle Pacific at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 28
No. 20 ARIZONA/No. 18 Denver/No. 25 West Virginia at No. 11 Nebraska, 2 p.m. CT
CALIFORNIA/North Carolina/Eastern Michigan at No. 6 STANFORD, 2 p.m. PT
All times are local to site
Rankings from GymInfo as of Feb. 22
Against top-ranked Alabama, the Wildcats set a number of career highs, but that was not enough as they fell, 197.25-195.1. The Gymcats posted a season-high mark on the vault, earning a 49.225. SO Talyn Curry posted a personal best on vault, scoring a 9.85.
Four career-bests by JR Mary Atkinson helped the Sun Devils to their best score of the season. ASU dropped its top-25 dual with No. 6 Stanford, 196.675-195.5. Atkinson posted a career-high 39.5 in the all-around, a 9.9 on vault, 9.9 on bars and 9.9 on floor. She currently ranks 12th in the NCAA in the all-around with an average of 39.165.
Competing in her fifth-straight all-around, FR Madisyn O’Brien earned her season-high score of 38.425 as the Golden Bears fell to then-No. 23 Washington, 195.625-189.325. O’Brien posted a career-high (9.675) on vault and on beam (9.65). SO Shana Johnson earned a personal best (9.65) on the floor.
SR Mandi Rodriguez earned her fourth-career Pac-10 Special Performance honor after executing the best beam routine of her career, posting a personal best 9.9 to win the individual title. OSU dropped its first match of the season to No. 3 UCLA, 197.375-196.325. Rodriguez ranks fourth in the NCAA in the all-around with an average of 39.37 and on floor (9.89), and seventh in the vault (9.89).
Competing in her hometown of Paradise Valley, Ariz., defending Pac-10 All-Around Champion SR Carly Janiga scored a collegiate career-high in the all-around (39.650) as the sixth-ranked Cardinal defeated No. 23 Arizona State, 196.675-195.5. Janiga won three events tying a career-best with a 9.95 on the beam, and winning the floor (9.925) and the bars (9.925).
SO Vanessa Zamarripa earned her third-career Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week as the Bruins upset then-No. 3 Oregon State, 197.375-196.325, handing the Beavers their first loss of the season. The team score was the highes in the last five years for UCLA. Zamarripa won the all-around (39.675), vault (9.925) and floor (9.95) and was second on bars (9.925) and beam (9.875). For Zamarripa, it marked the third-straight all-around competition that she has won. For the season, she has scored a 9.9 or greater on 15 of her 26 routines across all apparatuses.
SO Hatsune Akaogi won her first outright competition of the season, recording a career-high 39.225 to lead the Huskies to a season-high team score and their first dual-meet victory over California, 195.625-189.425. Akaogi won the beam with a career-high 9.825 and placed second on bars, tying her personal best with a 9.85. JR Kristen Linton posted her first-career 9.9, the team’s first 9.9 of the season en route to claiming the individual title on bars.