This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

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Jan. 21, 2003



A hint of things to come...

Pac-10 gymnastics has just started and is going strong...Five teams are in the National Top-20 rankings this week, UCLA leads the Pac-10 in the No. 1 position, followed by No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, No. 10 STANFORD, No. 13 OREGON STATE and rounding out the Conference is No. 15 ARIZONA... In all around competition nine gymnasts are ranked in the Top-10, while the four disciplines have 10 Pac-10 gymnasts ranked in the Top-10...The Pac-10 should continue to dominate the charts as competition intensifies...This week, Conference competition continues with cross town rival STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA is in a dual meet at WASHINGTON, while No. 1 UCLA heads to OREGON STATE.

Fri., January 24

ARIZONA, San Jose State @ WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m.

All times local (meet site) and subject to change

Fri., January 17

ARIZONA 195.775; OREGON STATE 194.800
UCLA 194.1; Cal State Fullerton 193.9

Sat., January 18
Denver 196.475; STANFORD 195.575

Sun., January 19
UCLA 198.275; CALIFORNIA 192.950; Cal State
Fullerton 191.525 4; UC Davis 189.675


ARIZONA - The No. 11 Wildcats (2-0,1-0) defeated No. 10 OREGON STATE 195.775-194.800, to win its Pac-10 opener in front of a crowd of 671 at McKale Center...Freshman Abby Pearson led the Wildcats on vault with a career-high score of 9.850 to place second in the event...Sophomores Monica Bisordi and Katie Johnson lead the Wildcats on floor, tying for first place with marks of 9.875... Bisordi won her second-consecutive all-around title of the season with a score of 39.350...This week ARIZONA is in action Friday January 24 against WASHINGTON.

ARIZONA STATE - No. 15 Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0) posted their third-highest team score in school history and defeated Pac-10 foe WASHINGTON, 197.300-194.150, Friday night in front of 1,035 fans at Wells Fargo Arena...Junior Maggie Germaine had a career day with an all-around score of 39.625, which is the best in ASU school history and a career high... ASU scored a season-high on the vault with a 49.325...Sun Devil sophomore Kari Muth (tied career-high), freshman Ashley Kelly (career-high) tied for first on the uneven bars competition with a score of 9.900...The Sun Devils are off this week, and will resume Conference play next week against their cross town rival ARIZONA.

CALIFORNIA - In the second meet of the season, the California women's gymnastics team (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) brought home a second place finish (192.95) defeating Cal State Fullerton (191.525) and UC Davis (189.675) at the Bruin Classic...Sophomore My-Lan Dodd led the Bears in the all-around with a 38.550 mark, good for fifth place, while junior Tri-Captain Stephanie Kim followed in sixth place with a score of 38.325...The Bears return to Berkeley next week to host their first home meet versus cross-bay rival STANFORD on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.

OREGON STATE - The No. 10 Beavers (2-2, 0-2) captured a share of three individual titles, but falls cost them a loss to No. 11 Arizona at the McKale Center on Friday night...OSU had to count three falls as the Wildcats beat the Beavers, 195.775-194.800...Freshman Angela Morales gave her hometown fans something to cheer about by winning her first collegiate event title with a career-high 9.900, while junior Lindsay Nelson won bars with a 9.875 and Chrissy Lamun tied for first on floor with a 9.875. The meet at ARIZONA marked their third consecutive road trip...The Beavers are home on Friday, January 24 facing No. 1 UCLA.

STANFORD- The No. 8 Cardinal (3-1, 1-0) gymnastics team were defeated by Denver 196.475-195.575... Junior Kendall Beck highlighted the meet for STANFORD, recording career-highs on vault and balance beam with a 9.950 and 9.900 respectively...Junior Lindsay Wing led the Cardinal on the bars with a 9.850 to place third...STANFORD will try to get back on the winning track on Friday heading to Haas Pavilion to face their rival CALIFORNIA.

UCLA -No. 1 UCLA continued its winning ways posting two wins this week... On Friday night they edged out Cal State Fullerton 194.1-193.9 in the closest margin of victory ever in the all-time series...The Bruins trailed after three events, 145.25-144.725 but scored a 49.375 on the balance beam to overtake the Titans in the final rotation. With the Bruins in the unfamiliar role of playing catch-up, senior Kristin Parker led off the beam set with an impressive routine that scored a season-best 9.9 and the Bruins never looked back...On Sunday the Bruins bounced back scoring a national season-high of 198.275 to capture first place in the Bruin Classic...Olympians Jamie Dantzscher and Kate Richardson combined to score three perfect 10s, with Dantzscher earning hers on the uneven bars and floor, and Richardson recording her first career 10 on the balance beam... Senior Onnie Willis captured the all-around title with a career-best 39.8. UCLA looks to continue it's undefeated season at ARIZONA on Friday, January 24.

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (0-1) lost its season opener at No. 16 ARIZONA STATE by a score of 197.300- 194.150...However, the loss was not all negative as the Huskies team score was the best season-opening score in the program's 29-year history...Freshman Kelly McDonald won the vault with a score of 9.925 while junior Emily Pritchard tied for first on uneven bars with a score of 9.900...Stacy Wong, who missed the 2002 season due to a knee injury, returned to WASHINGTON's lineup and competed on vault and beam, she finished second on vault with a score of 9.900 and was eighth on beam at 9.750...The Huskies home opener is next Friday against ARIZONA and San Jose State at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Gymnast of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Onnie Willis of UCLA has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 19-25. Willis won the all-around at the Bruin Classic against California, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis on Sunday at the Bruins' home opener. Willis scored a 39.8 to set a new career high. Her individual scores were 9.95 on vault (tied for first place), 9.925on bars (tied for second place), 9.975 on the balance beam (second place) and 9.95 on the floor exercise (second place). Her individual scores helped the Bruins establish a season-high score for any team in the nation this year and the second-highest score in UCLA history. UCLA also scored its fifth-highest vault score ever (49.525), its fourth-highest bars score (49.625) andits second-highest beam score (49.65)

ALSO NOMINATED: Monica Bisordi, ARIZONA; Maggie Germaine, ARIZONA STATE; Stephanie Kim, CALIFORNIA; Kendall Beck, STANFORD.

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