This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
March 24, 2010
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Women’s Gymnastics Championships.
WHERE: McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
WHEN: Saturday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m.
WHO: Women’s Gymnastics teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON will all compete with one last chance to show the rest of the country what they are made of.
TICKETS: Admission to the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference Gymnastics Championship is $10 for general admission and $6 for senior and youth.
MEDIA CONTACT: The Arizona sports information office will handle publicity for the 2010 Women’s Gymnastics Championship. Valery Meusburger, the Wildcats’s gymnastics contact can be reached at (520) 621-4163.
MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of the event, results will posted on the Pac-10 website (www.pac-10.org) , as well as on Arizona’s website (www.arizonaathletics.com). Please contact Victor Rodriguez (email@example.com) at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.
The Wildcats (195.325) defeated California (192.45), but fell to host No. 19 Denver (195.4). In the all-around, FR Aubree Cristello led the Wildcats with a score of 39.05, taking second, while SO Deanna Graham placed third with a score of 39.00. Graham recorded a career-high 9.9 on vault as the Gymcats took first in the vault rotation with a team score of 49.15.
The Sun Devils completed their regular season last week and head into the Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 17 in Regional Qualifying Score on floor (49.05), No. 23 on vault (48.935) and No. 25 bars (48.85). JR Mary Atkinson is currently No. 20 nationally in the all-around (39.27) and No. 23 vault (9.89).
The Golden Bears (192.45) finished third in their tri-meet behind No. 19 Denver (195.4) and No. 20 Arizona (195.325). Despite finishing third, the Bears earned their highest team score of the year and marked the third-consecutive week they scored 190.0 or higher. SO Alex Leggitt recorded a personal best 9.825 on floor to place third in the event.
Led by its three seniors, No. 7 OSU beat No. 18 Kentucky, 196.65-195.275, on Senior Night. SR Mandi Rodriguez scored a 39.425 in the all-around and tied her career high of 9.95 on vault to take the individual titles in both events. For her efforts, Rodriguez earned her fifth-career Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honor.
The Cardinal extended its winning streak to 11-straight and finished the dual-meet season with a best-ever 14-2 record as it defeated UC Davis, 196.6-194.575. SR Carly Janiga earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for the third time this season and a Conference leading sixth time in her collegiate career after scoring a career-best 9.95 on vault en route to earning a score of 39.575 in the all-around. The six-time All-American also placed first on beam (9.925) to collect a total of three individual victories on the night.
The Bruins look to defend their Pac-10 title at this year’s Championships. After wrapping up the regular season a week ago, UCLA heads to Tucson with three gymnasts ranked in the top 10 of the Regional Qualifying Score. SR Anna Li ranks first on bars (9.940) and tenth in the all-around (39.415). SO Vanessa Zamarripa ranks third in the all-around (39.555), second on bars (9.925), tied for second on vault (9.935) and tied tied for third on beam (9.920). SO Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs is tied for fifth on floor (9.920).
The Huskies concluded the regular season with a 195.3-190.5 victory over Seattle Pacific. FR Lauren Rogers won her first-career all-around title with a 39.075. FR Paige Bixler recorded her first-career event win with a 9.925 on beam. The score marked a Husky record for a freshman on beam and was the highest score by any GymDawg on beam since 2007.