Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship Preview
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WHAT: Pac-10 Conference Women's Gymnastics Championships
WHERE: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
WHEN: Saturday, March 19 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 2011 Pac-10 Conference Gymnastics Championship is $14 for adults and $12 for youth and students
ARIZONA: Arizona finished out the regular season with a bang, earning first place in its last home meet of the season. The Cats earned a season high score of 195.625, followed by BYU with a 195.300, University of New Hampshire with a 194.625, and DII's No. 1 Texas Women's with a 191.475. The Wildcats made a strong showing on the first and last events posting two scores of 49 or better. Deanna Graham led the Wildcats earning a career high score of 9.925 on vault. Graham also earned a score of 9.875 on floor taking first in the event.
ARIZONA STATE: In the final home meet of the season the Arizona State women's gymnastics team beat the Bridgeport Purple Knights 195.450-192.150. In her debut all-around performance, sophomore Nickie Johnson took first place with a score of 39.075, and senior Beaté Jones took second place with a score of 39.050. The Gym Devils started strong on vault scoring a season high team score of 49.225. Jones led the Sun Devils earning a season high score of 9.900 to finish in second place. Arizona State also had a strong showing from Madison Snowden. The junior earned a career-high score of 9.925 on the floor exercise.
CALIFORNIA: California continued its late-season surge with a victory at a quad meet in Philadelphia, earning wins over Penn, Temple, and Southern Connecticut State. The Bears had their second highest score of the season, a 193.325, winning three of the four events. This came one week after the Bears scored a 194.175 in their final home meet of the year, a quad against Stanford, Oregon State and Denver. Though the Bears finished fourth in the meet, the score was the highest score by a Cal team since March 23, 2007 when the team earned a 196.500 in a quad meet against Sacramento State, UC Davis, and San Jose State. Cal scored 48.000 or higher on all four events, with season-high team totals in two of the four events.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State seniors Becky Colvin and Jen Kesler went out with a bang on Senior Night against No. 6 Utah with a 196.600-196.325 win over the Utes. It was Oregon State's first win against Utah in the last 10 tries dating back to 2003. OSU fell behind in the first rotation but cut the deficit in the second and overcame the Utes heading into the final rotation. Oregon State hit 23-for-24 on its routines, as Britney Ranzy scored 9.90 on the vault and Leslie Mak tied her career-high of 9.925 on the beam to win their events..
STANFORD: Stanford completed their regular season two weeks ago and head into the Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 3 in the Country. The Cardinal welcomes the return of fifth-year senior Allyse Ishino, who missed the past two meets because of injury, and boasts the national leader on the floor excercise in sophomore Ashley Morgan. Stanford has won five Pac-10 titles and eight conference championships in all, but is seeking its first since 2008.
UCLA: UCLA ended the regular season on a high note, recording its highest road score of the season in a 197.05-191.05 win at Cal State Fullerton. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs won the all-around with a 39.5 and also earned first-place finishes on vault with career-high tying 9.95 and beam with a score of 9.925. Tauny Frattone tied Hopfner-Hibbs for first on vault as she also tied her career-high score, winning the event for the seventh-straight meet. Brittani McCullough captured first-place on floor with a season-high score of 9.925, and Samantha Peszek won bars with a 9.9.
WASHINGTON: Washington seniors Haley Bogart, Kristen Linton and Sam Walior competed in their final meet at Alaska Airlines Arena on March 11, guiding the Huskies to two wins over Air Force and Seattle Pacific. UW posted a team-score of 195.475. On vault and bars the Huskies posted score of 49+. Freshman Aliza Vaccher won the all-around, tying her career-best score of 39.025. The Huskies placed at least one-through-three on every event as junior Amanda Cline won her fourth vault title of the season, tying her career-best for a third-straight week with a 9.925. Junior Ruby Engreitz and Walior tied for the bars title with 9.875's. Walior also won the beam with a 9.825. Linton won yet another floor title, scoring a 9.875.
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