This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

March 11, 2003

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Records are made to be broken...
In the last two weeks, Pac-10 teams and gymnasts have set over 20 team or personal records...CALIFORNIA set a new team record with a 196.800 on the way to an upset of ARIZONA....Kendall Beck of STANFORD scored a 10.000 on vault for the first time in school history...OREGON STATE st a season high overall score of 197.050...Looking for perfection? Pac-10 Gymnasts scored the elusive 'perfect 10' a four times over one weekend...Nationally all seven Pac-10 teams are ranked and two teams moved up, UCLA remained No. 1 while OREGON STATE and CALIFORNIA both moved up to No. 9 and No. 17 respectively...Individually freshman sensation Kate Richardson, UCLA is No. 2 in the all-around scores...This week look for exciting match-ups as UCLA and ARIZONA face No. 14 Oklahoma this week...ARIZONA plays host to the Sooners while UCLA faces them in a four-way meet including North Carolina and Rhode Island...ARIZONA STATE hosts San Jose State, while WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, and OREGON STATE all get on the road.

Fri., March 14

Oklahoma @ ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose State @ ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON @ Boise State, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA @ UC Davis, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., March 15

Sun March 16
North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island @ UCLA, 2 p.m.

All times local (meet site) and subject to change

CALIFORNIA 196.800; ARIZONA 195.800
ARIZONA STATE 197.400; Boise State 195.250
OREGON STATE 197.050; Denver 194.150; Seattle Pacific 190.625
STANFORD 197.200; San Jose State 193.225
UCLA 197.250; Michigan 196.775
Utah 196.975; WASHINGTON 194.950


ARIZONA - No. 18 ARIZONA (4-8, 1-5) lost to No. 22 CALIFORNIA, 195.800-196.800 on Friday...ARIZONA grabbed the team floor title for the second consecutive meet with a 49.325, and their overall score of 195.800 is the teams highest road mark of the season...Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for first-place honors on bars (9.900), finished second in the all-around (39.500), tied for second place on floor (9.925) and placed fourth on vault (9.875)...Sophomore Katie Johnson won her second-consecutive floor title with a 9.950 and Junior Sheehan Lemley led ARIZONA on beam, posting a career-high 9.900 in the event, becoming the fifteenth gymnast in school history to post a beam score of 9.900...ARIZONA returns home to host Oklahoma on Friday, March 14.

ARIZONA STATE - No. 2 ARIZONA STATE (8-4, 3-4) defeated Boise State 197.400-195.250...ASU's total of 197.400 was the sixth-best team score in school history...Ashley Kelly won the all aournd with a 39.625...Maggie Germaine won the vault, scoring a perfect 10.000 which is the first of her career on vault and only the fourth time in school history... Kelly placed first (9.975, career-high) on the uneven bars, and also captured first place honors on beam (9.925)...Cassidy Vreeke and Germaine tied for first on the floor exercise, each scoring a perfect 10.000...ARIZONA STATE takes a break from Conference and plays host to San Jose State University Friday, March 14.

CALIFORNIA - The records keep on mounting, as No. 17 CALIFORNIA (11-4, 2-4,) completed another historic performance posting its fourth Cal record score of the season and edging out ARIZONA in every event except for the floor on the way to a 196.800 -195.800 victory...The Bears all-around mark of 196.800 not only tops the school's all-time charts, but also was good for Cal's second Pac-10 victory of the season...The Bears started out on the vault rotation and came out with the school's third all-time highest mark (49.125)...My-Lan Dodd finished in first place on vault tying her career high (9.950)...Monique Chang tied for a first-place finish with a 9.900...After three rotations, the Wildcats had narrowed the margin to 147.600-146.650 with one event left to go...Dodd stepped up to the challenge and took the top spot by matching her career high 9.950...The Bears return to action Friday, March 14 as the face off against UC Davis.

OREGON STATE - No. 9 OREGON STATE (12-4, 3-4) claimed first place on all four events as well as the all-around as the No. 9 Beavers posted a season-high 197.050 to win the annual Shanico/Days Inn-vitational...Denver finished second (194.150), and Seattle Pacific was third (190.625)...With the wins, the Beavers finished a perfect 6-0 at home for OSU's first undefeated home record since 1998...Tanya Ricioli finished with four individual victories, posting career-highs in three of them...Ricioli won her fourth all-around title of the year with a career-high 39.575, she posted a career-high 9.950 to win beam, she matched her personal best of 9.925 on floor, and she added a 9.900 to tie for first place honors on bars...Angela Morales won the vault title for the second time this season scoring a 9.875, and Elizabeth Jillson capped out her home career with a 9.900 on bars to tie for first... OSU's biggest bright spot of the night came on beam, where the Beavers turned in a season-high 49.350 a week after struggling at WASHINGTON, where they had a 48.800...Next week OREGON STATE gets on the road to take on No. 22 BYU on Saturday, March 15.

STANFORD - Kendall Beck highlighted the meet by scoring the school's first perfect 10.000 on vault as No. 8 STANFORD (10-2-1, 4-1-1) defeated San Jose State 197.200-193.225...Led by Beck's 10.000, the Cardinal dominated the vault taking the top five places, Glyn Sweets and Shelly Goldberg tied for second with a 9.900, while Natalie Foley and Jessica Louie placed fourth and fifth with scores of 9.875 and 9.825, respectively...Sweets took top honors on bars, tying her career high of 9.925...The Cardinal went 1-2-3 on beam, led by Lindsey Wing's 9.950 to take top honors, Foley (9.900) and Beck (9.875) followed in second and third, respectively...The Cardinal will have next weekend off to prepare for finals and will host their next competition on Saturday, March 22 against No. 14 Oklahoma.

UCLA - Behind the strength of five all-around competitors, No. 1 UCLA (10-1-1, 3-1-1) defeated Michigan, 197.25-196.775...The Bruins swept the Top 3 all-around standings, with junior Jamie Dantzscher and freshman Kate Richardson tying for first with scores of 39.525...The Bruins won every event, scoring 49.375 on bars, 49.175 on vault and 49.350's on floor and beam...UCLA held just a .425 advantage heading into the final event, but a 9.850 from Yvonne Tousek, a 9.875 from Jeanette Antolin, a 9.900 from Onnie Willis and an event-winning 9.950 from Richardson helped the Bruins seal the victory...The victory did not come without a price, however, as junior Alyssa Beckerman dislocated her knee on a tumbling series on the floor exercise, she is expected to sit out four to six weeks with the injury...UCLA will return to action on Sunday, March 16 facing North Carolina, Oklahoma and Rhode Island... The meet will honor its Fab Five Senior class of Malia Jones, Kristin Parker, Carly Raab, Doni Thompson and Willis in pre-meet ceremonies.

WASHINGTON - No. 12 WASHINGTON lost a dual meet at Utah 196.975-194.950... Utah's Theresa Kulikowski scored a perfect 10.000 on beam in the event that proved to be the difference in the meet... Tacia LaBatte was third in the all-around at 39.350 while freshman Kelly McDonald was fourth in the all-around at 39.275 and Carly Dockendorf was fifth at 38.400...Dockendorf managed a 9.900 on bars to finish second, the Huskies top performance on any event...The Huskies travel to Boise State for a dual meet on Friday, March 14.

Gymnast of the Week: Tanya Ricioli

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tanya Ricioli of OREGON STATE has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for March 2-8.

Ricioli won four individual event titles to lead the Beavers to a season-high 197.050 in a win over No. 13 Denver and Seattle Pacific last week. Of Ricioli's four individual wins last week, she set personal bests in three of them. She won the all-around competition for the fourth time this season, this time posting a career-best 39.575. She also won her third beam title of the year by posting a career-high 9.950, and she claimed her third floor exercise win of the season by matching her career-high of 9.925. Ricioli rounded out her four victories with a 9.900 on bars. OSU's 197.050 was the fourth best score in school history, and upon picking up the win on Friday, the Beavers finished the season a perfect 6-0 at home in Gill Coliseum. Ricioli's 39.575 ties for the eighth-best score in program history, and with that score, she became only the second OSU gymnast to score higher than 39.500 twice in the same season (she had a 39.525 earlier this year). She's now won 12 individual titles this year.

Also Nominated: Cassidy Vreeke, ARIZONA STATE; Kendall Beck, STANFORD; Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA

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