Stanford Wins Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championship
March 24, 2001
SEATTLE - The sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal upset top-ranked UCLA to win the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championship at Washington's Bank of America Arena. The Cardinal posted a score of 197.850, while UCLA, the two-time defending Pac-10 Champions, scored 197.800. Stanford's score was the highest ever at the Pac-10 Championship meet. The victory marked the second time Stanford has won the Pac-10 title. The Cardinal also took top honors in 1998.
Washington used a school-record score of 197.475 to claim third-place honors for the third time in the event's history. Oregon State placed fourth with 196.550 points followed by Arizona State (195.725), Arizona (195.525) and California (193.750).
The Bears put up an uncharacteristically low team scores on the bars and the balance beam. Cal totaled a 47.350 points on the bars, the lowest scores since its opening meet at Denver (36.500) and a 37.900 on the beams, a season low. Bear gymnasts placed no higher then No. 10 in any event. Although junior Lindsay Baker tallied a career high of 39.250 in the all-arounds, it was only good for 10th place at the meet Saturday.
Stanford's victory included individual event championships by Caroline Fluhrer on vault (9.975) and a tie for first on beam between teammates Lisa Leveille and Lindsay Wing (9.975). They became the first Cardinal gymnasts to win individual titles on the Pac-10 level. Wing was named the Pac-10 Freshman Gymnast of the Year.
UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj won the all-around for the second straight year with a meet-record score of 39.800. Bhardwaj was also named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher turned in the event's only perfect score, a 10.000 on floor exercise. It marked the 20th time this season the Bruins have hit a 10.000 during competition.
Stanford began the meet on bars and scored a solid 49.300. The Cardinal took command of the meet in their second rotation when they set a school record on balance beam with a score of 49.575. Lisa Leveille and Lindsay Wing posted identical scores of 9.975 on the event. Stanford kept up the pressure on UCLA by equaling their season-high score on floor exercise with a 49.600 performance. Leveille topped the Cardinal in the event with a score of 9.950 while four other performers scored 9.925.
Cal now waits to see how it stacks up with the rest of the nation in terms of the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), for a berth in the NCAA Regionals. The Top 18 teams in the country by RQS and the five best teams in a region excluding the squads among the 18 are selected to participate in the postseason. After Saturday's results, the Bears did little to help themselves to place among the Top 18. Cal will look to be one of the five teams selected from the West Region. The final RQS results will be released Monday morning on the Collegiate Gymnastics Information center at www.troester.com.
Vault Bars Beam Floor TotalStanford 49.375 49.300 49.575 49.600 197.850*UCLA 49.300 49.650 49.125 49.725 197.800Washington 49.275 49.550 49.150 49.500 197.454Oregon State 48.375 49.475 49.400 49.300 196.550Arizona State 48.775 49.100 48.375 49.475 195.725Arizona 48.750 49.150 48.375 49.250 195.525California 49.125 47.350 47.900 49.375 193.750
*Pac-10 Championship Record
All-Around: 1. Mohini Bhardwwaj (UCLA) 39.800, 2. Stacy Wong (UW) 39.725, 3. Lindsay Wing (STAN) 39.625, 4t. Robin Phelps (STAN) and Caroline Fluhrer (STAN) 39.550. Other Cal Finishers: 10. Lindsay Baker 39.250, 14. Carrie Kreifels 39.025, 17. Pari Olver 38.700
Vault: 1. Caroline Fluhrer (STAN) and Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.975, 3t. Stacy Wong (UW) and Katrina Severin (OSU) 9.950, 5. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 9.925. Other Cal Finishers: 9t. Lindsay Baker, Janet McKnight, 9.875, 14. Carrie Kreifels 9.825, 19. Lisa Arnold 9.800, 26. Monique Johnson 9.750, 41. Pari Olver 9.225
Bars: 1. Stacy Wong (UW) 9.975, 2t. Stephanie Bychowski (OSU),Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Mohini Bhardway (UCLA) 9.950, 5t. Emily Pritchard (UW), Elizabeth Jillson (OSU) 9.925, Robin Phelps (STAN) 9.925, Onnie Willis (UCLA) 9.925 and Donnie Thompson (UCLA) 9.925 Other Cal Finishers: 10t. Carrie Kreifels, Pari Olver 9.900, 32. Lindsay Baker 9.750, 40. Janet McKnight 9.225, 41. Jarmin Yeh 8.575
Beam: 1t. Lisa Leveille (STAN) and Lindsay Wing (STAN) 9.975, 3. Katrina Severin (OSU) 9.950, 4. Annie Campbell (OSU) and Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.925. Other Cal Finishers: 25. Lindsay Baker 9.725, 30. Pari Olver 9.675, 32. Katreece Stone 9.575, 34. Jarmin Yeh 9.475, 42. Karissa Chock 8.900
Floor: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 10.000, 2t. Lanna Apisukh (UW), Mandi Klug (UW), Lisa Leveille (STAN) and Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.950. Other Cal Finishers: 15t. Lindsay Baker, Pari Olver Katreece Stone 9.900, 28. Carrie Kreifels 9.850, 30. Karissa Chock 9.825, 36. Janet McKnight 9.775,
2001 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year: Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA
2001 Pac-10 Freshman Gymnast of the Year: Lindsay Wing, Stanford
2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Mark Cook, Stanford