Pac-10 Gymnastics Teams Make Push Towards Championships
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As the regular season of the 2011 gymnastics campaign begins to move towards the championship season, the rankings have transitioned from season average to regional qualifying score (RQS). 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 from away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged. The transition from Total Season Average to RQS proved an asset for the Pac-10, as WASHINGTON moved up to No. 11 in the latest poll.
ARIZONA STATE recorded its second dual meet victory of the season last weekend, upsetting Pac-10 foe WASHINGTON. The win required a season-high team score and multiple career performances. Senior Beate Jones scored a season-high 39.225, finishing second in all around competition. STANFORD (14-0) remains the lone undefeated program in the Pac-10. The No. 2 Cardinal extended its streak by defeating ARIZONA for the 14th consecutive time. In its first home meet in six weeks, UCLA recorded the Conference's first score of 197. The Bruins season-high score of 197.475 was easily enough to defeat then No. 25 North Carolina State.
The end of the Conference dual meet schedule is quickly approaching as Arizona State wraps up Pac-10 dual competition when it heads to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete against undefeated Stanford. Oregon State host the 31st annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm. The Beavers will face Pac-10 opponent Washington, as well as San Jose State and UC Davis. UCLA remains at home for a tri-meet against No. 12 Denver and Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 pm.
Friday, February 25
San Jose State, UC Davis, WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 26
ARIZONA at BYU, 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 27
Denver, Minnesota at UCLA, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site
Rankings from 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll