Four Pac-10 Gymnastics Teams Earn Season-High Scores
Four Pac-10 teams recorded season-best scores last week: No. 2 STANFORD (196.825), No. 7 OREGON STATE (196.625), No. 8 UCLA (196.675), and ARIZONA (195.375). The Cardinal's 196.825 stunned a crowd of 13,835 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, as Stanford defeated No. 3 Utah in a dual meet. With the teams deadlocked going into the final rotation, Stanford's senior captain Danielle Ikoma nailed her balance beam routine to give the Cardinal the victory. UCLA edged Oregon State in a tightly contested meet that came down to fractions of a tenth. With the Beavers leading going into the final rotation, the Bruins had to try to make up half a tenth on what has been their nemesis this season, the balance beam. Senior Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs anchor score of 9.850 pushed UCLA past Oregon State and gave the Bruins their first dual meet victory of the season. Meanwhile, Arizona posted a first place finish against a Top-25 opponent. The Wildcat's season-high score was good enough to defeat then No. 14 Boise State. Other action saw ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA posting their first dual meet wins of the year.
Six of seven Pac-10 teams will be in action this weekend. Arizona State hosts the only head-to-head Conference match-up of the week when Oregon State visits Tempe, Ariz. on Sunday. Before then, the Sun Devils are set to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, Feb. 4 to take on No. 3 Utah. WASHINGTON will travel crosstown to face in-state rival Seattle Pacific. The dual meet will be the Huskies first on the road this season. California looks to post back-to-back victories this season as the Golden Bears host Sacramento State. Stanford is at home in a dual meet against San Jose State at Burnham Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 5, while Arizona looks to maintain its form as they host Illinois-Chicago Friday, Feb. 4.
Friday, February 4
No. 14 WASHINGTON at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at No. 3 Utah, 7 p.m.
Illinois-Chicago at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 6
No. 7 OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 11 a.m.
San Jose State at No. 2 STANFORD, 2 p.m.
Sacramento State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site
Rankings from 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll