This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 27, 2004

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The 2004 gymnastics season has just begun and is going strong... Five teams are in the national top-20 rankings this week, including UCLA and STANFORD at the No. 6 and 7 positions, respectively, followed by WASHINGTON (10), ARIZONA (15) and OREGON STATE (20). In all around competition, four gymnasts are ranked in the Top-10 including Kate Richardson and Jeanette Antolin in the No. 1 and 2 position, holding strong for UCLA. This week Conference competition continues...WASHINGTON travels to the Bay Area to face STANFORD, while OREGON STATE is at CALIFORNIA. UCLA hosts a meet that includes ARIZONA STATE, Cal State Fullerton and SJSU, while ARIZONA heads to Minnesota.


Fri., Jan. 30
OREGON STATE @ CAL, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 31
ARIZONA @ University of Illinois, Chicago, 7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 1
UCLA Invitational
(UCLA, SJSU, Cal State Fullerton) , 2 p.m.
Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton

All times local (meet site) and subject to change


Friday, Jan. 23
CALIFORNIA 195.95, ARIZONA STATE 194.25, Utah State 194.15, San Jose State 193.875
STANFORD 197.300, ARIZONA 194.625

Sun., Jan. 25
UCLA 197.55, Minnesota 195.325


ARIZONA - The No. 6 Arizona women dropped their first meet of the season at No. 14 Stanford 194.625-197.300 Friday night. After winning six of its first eight team events entering Friday's meet, Arizona was swept by Stanford in all four team events. A bright sport for the Wildcats saw junior Katie Johnson tie for first-place honors on floor with a 9.950. Arizona will remain on the road to face Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Jan. 31.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils finished second of four teams at the University of California's Invitational meet. ASU saw some light in a third place vault finish and first place ties on the uneven bars and balance beam, by Ashley Kelly. ASU's next competition is a triangular meet next Sunday at UCLA, versus Pac-10 favorite UCLA, and Cal State Fullerton.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears dominated this past weekend, finishing first in their own Invitational meet. Cal saw first place finishes in all events but one. The Bears received excellent individual performances in the all around competition by My-Lan Dodd, Karissa Chock, and Stephanie Kim. Cal will look to continue their steady performance, hosting No. 20 Oregon State this Friday night.

OREGON STATE - OSU's win over Washington this weekend gave coach Tanya Chaplin her 100th career victory. The Beavers pulled out a victory over the No.10 Huskies, turning out excellent performances from much of the roster. Freshman Chelsea Plourde again put on quite the display, finishing tops in most events. She has been OSU's top all-arounder in three meets this season. The Beavers head down to California this Friday to take on the Bears.

STANFORD - The STANFORD women responded to last week's setback versus Arizona State with a resounding 197.300-194.625 defeat of No. 6 Arizona. The Cardinal improved their record to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 competition Led by Lise L�veill�, Natalie Foley and Lindsay Wing, the Cardinal captured the top three spots in the all-around en route to tallying a season-high score of 197.300. The Cardinal are back in action next weekend when they host the Washington Huskies on Friday, January 30th.

UCLA - UCLA scored 197+ for the second consecutive meet, defeating Minnesota on the road, 197.55-195.325. The Bruins were buoyed by back-to-back perfect 10s on vault by sophomore Kate Richardson and senior Jeanette Antolin and scored a meet-high 49.5 on that event. The Bruins look to continue their dominance, returning home for a triangular meet on Sunday, Feb. 1 against Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton.

WASHINGTON - Despite winning or tying for first in all four events, the ninth-ranked Husky women's gymnastics team suffered its first loss of the season at 23rd-ranked Oregon State. Senior Emily Pritchard led Washington's effort, tying for first on both vault and bars. Pritchard, who leads the nation on bars scoring, posted a 9.925. Washington stays on the road for is second straight Pac-10 dual meet next week when the Huskies travel to Stanford on Jan. 30.

Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week
Kate Richardson, UCLA

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA sophomore Kate Richardson has been named the Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 18-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Richardson, hailing from Coquitlam, British Columbia, helped No. 6 UCLA upset Georgia in Athens on Jan. 19, for the first time since 1988. This is her second Gymnast of the Week honor. Richardson placed second in the all-around with a 39.7, tied for first on vault (9.95), second on bars (9.925), and fourth on beam (9.925) and floor (9.9).

On Jan. 25, she led UCLA to a second straight road win at Minnesota, putting on a dominating performance. Richardson won the all-around with a 39.75 and placed first in all four events, scoring a perfect 10 on the vault - her first on that apparatus. Richardson has recorded two perfect 10s this season, and no score lower than 9.9. On her way to another great season, Richardson's all-around season average is an astounding 39.777.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katie Johnson, ARIZONA; My-Lan Dodd, CALIFORNIA; Natalie Foley, STANFORD; Chelsea Plourde, OREGON STATE; Emily Prichard, WASHINGTON.

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