Women's Gymnastics Release...Week 3

Jan. 30, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. -

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Trials and Tribulations...Pac-10 teams enter their fourth week of competition after completing a weekend of minor upsets...California's winning streak was ended by Washington, ARIZONA upset UCLA in the desert and ARIZONA STATE fell to STANFORD, making it only the fifth time the Sun Devils have garnered a regular-season home loss in 10 years...Nationally, ARIZONA, UCLA, STANFORD and ARIZONA STATE maintained its top-20 positions ranked at No. 7, No. 8, No. 12 and No. 19 respectively.


Fri., February 1ARIZONA @ STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.WASHINGTON @ OSU, 7:00 p.m.

Sun., February 3Denver @ STANFORD 2:00 p.m.ARIZONA STATE @ CALIFORNIA 2:00 p.m.

All times local (meet site) and subject to change


Fri., January 25CALIFORNIA 189.100 Seattle Pacific 187.300Brigham Young 194.400 OREGON STATE 192.950STANFORD 195.775 ARIZONA STATE 195.450WASHINGTON 191.800 Boise State 191.075ARIZONA195.175 UCLA 195.000

Sun., January 27WASHINGTON 194.800 CALIFORNIA 192.625


WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Arizona freshman Katie Johnson has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 22-28.

Katie Johnson, the standout freshman from Moorhead, Minn., has made an immediate impact on the Wildcat program. Her efforts helped the No. 7 Wildcats win their first Pac-10 meet of the season. Against No. 8 UCLA, Johnson placed third on beam with a 9.850 and also captured the fifth-place spot on vault with a career-high 9.850. On the floor exercise, Katie was sensational, in only her fourth meet as a collegiate gymnast, Johnson's mark of 9.975 became the second-highest all-time mark in Wildcat history. Her score was another career-best and ranks No. 4 in the nation. She becomes the Pac-10 leader in that event. Johnson is also ranked nationally on the balance beam. Her average score of 9.812 places her at No. 25

ALSO NOMINATED: Ashley Ellsberry, ARIZONA STATE, Jerra Lopez, OREGON STATE, Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA, Molly Seaman, WASHINGTON.

Previous Winners: January 22- Jamie Dantzscher


ARIZONA - The No. 7 Arizona Wildcats won their first Pac-10 meet of the season against UCLA. The Wildcats edged out UCLA with a slim margin of victory (195.175-195.100)...FR Katie Johnson, led the Wildcats to team victories on floor (49.375) and vault (49.000). Arizona's vault title was its fourth-straight team win on that event, while its score on the floor ties the second-highest team total in school history...Five Arizona gymnasts, including newcomers Katie Johnson, Jamie Duce, and Monica Bisordi set or tied season-high marks.

ARIZONA STATE - Despite posting a season-high team score, Arizona State sustained its second-consecutive loss this season and only its fifth regular-season home loss since 1992. Against Stanford, Arizona State was less than half a point shy of the win (195.450-195.775)...The Sun Devil's event won the floor (49.250) and vault (49.075)...Individually, SO Jada Cox and JR Margaret Wojciak scored career-high marks of 9.90 on vault and bars respectively...JR Ashley Ellsberry was another top performer for the Sun Devils. Ellsberry posted two season-high marks on the beam and floor, scoring 9.90 on both disciplines.

CALIFORNIA- Against Seattle Pacific on Friday, California posted 189.100-187.300 for the win...In her first collegiate meet, FR Lauren Shipp stole the show, winning on the vault (9.650) and the beam (9.725)...FR My-Lan Dodd had a big win on bars. Her 9.850 was the highest score of the night...Against Washington, California sustained its first loss of the season. Fatigue from back to back competition took over as the Bears trailed the Huskies on every event...Dodd and Shipp continued their stellar performances with a 9.850 win on bars for Dodd and a third-place finish on the vault (9.825) for Shipp.

OREGON STATE - Oregon State lost to Brigham Young due to falls on two events. The Beavers posted a score of 192.950 to Brigham Young's 194.400 after counting three falls on the bars and beam...Individually, SR Jerra Lopez was second in the all-around, setting a personal-best of 38.950. Her first-place mark on bars (9.825) and floor (9.875) were also season highs...In her season debut, Annie Campbell scored 9.80 on bars for the bronze...Oregon State hopes to stay on its feet this weekend as they host Washington this Friday.

STANFORD - No. 12 Stanford slipped past the Sun Devils 195.775-195.450, increasing its record to 2-1. Stanford has now won three of the last four meetings against the Sun Devils...Stanford only outscored Arizona State on one event. Stanford scored a season-high 49.225 to Arizona State's 48.100 on the beam. Cardinal gymnasts took five of the top spots on that event, while placing in the top-three on the other three apparatus...Stanford's balancing act has made its way to the national scene. On the beam, three gymnasts are individually ranked. SR Becky Meldrum, SO Lindsay Wing and SO Lise Leveille are positioned No. 10, No. 18 and No. 23 respectively.

UCLA - No. 7 UCLA dropped to 3-3 after an intensely contested match against Arizona. The Bruins led by 0.025 points going into the final rotation, despite scoring 49.3 on the beam, Arizona's 49.375 on the floor secured the win...UCLA gymnasts continued to electrify the crowds with stellar performances. SO Jamie Dantzscher scored her third-consecutive 10.0 on the floor and her fourth in as many meets. Against Arizona, the Bruins took home the top-two spots on every event (with the exception of floor exercise), scoring no less than 9.875...JR Malia Jones returned from injury quickly making up for lost time, She posted a career-high 9.875 on beam, good for second place.

WASHINGTON -Washington won its second-consecutive meet this season. Against California, the Huskies won all four individual event titles and dominated on three of the four team events. Washington's 48.850 on the vault was a season-high score...SO Tanya Powers posted four career-high scores, including a 9.90 win on the vault. Other individual event winners included FR Emily Pritchard on bars (9.850) and Molly Seaman on beam and all-around (9.875, 39.250)...Washington improves to 2-1 on the season.

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