UCLA, Maloney Big Winners At Pac-10 Championships

March 27, 2005


BERKELEY, Calif. - The sign draped over the West railing of Haas Pavilion couldn't have been moreright. It read, 'Welcome to PAULEY NORTH.' The reference, of course, was to UCLA's PauleyPavilion, hundreds of miles away. On Saturday afternoon at least, the third-ranked Bruins madethemselves at home at California's arena and won the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championshipswith a score of 197.100.

Stanford and, despite its last-place showing, Cal may have had the most fans, but the UCLAfaithful had reason to be the noisiest group in attendance. The Bruins won their 12th conferenceteam championship and senior Kristen Maloney and Olympian Tasha Schwikert tied for the all-aroundtitle. Maloney, who has been the top-ranked gymnast in the all around the last nine weeks, addedPac-10 Gymnast of the Year honors.

'We did really well,' Maloney said. 'There are still areas we can improve on, so that's good toknow. We can keep moving up. We're not at our peak yet.'

Schwikert was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Schwikert also recorded the only 10.00 of thecompetition, to win the uneven parallel bars.

Maloney praised her freshman teammate's performance, while critiquing her own.

'It's not my best performance,' Maloney said. 'I was a little rushed on bars today. That wasn't mybest bars routine. It's something to work on for regionals and nationals.

'Tasha has had an amazing freshman year. It's tough to come in and make that transition your firstyear, but we're really proud of how she's been competing.'

In the overall team standings, Arizona was second, with 195.925, followed by Oregon State(195.900) in third. Stanford (194.600) followed in fourth, Washington (194.425) was fifth, ArizonaState (192.975) was sixth and the host Golden Bears (163.550) were seventh. Cal had just fourgymnasts compete on three events - the bars, floor and vault - due to injury. Five competed on thebeam.

Arizona and Oregon State battled for second place in the final rotation of the night. The Beavers'Therese Videan, competing last on the floor exercise, scored a 9.775, but the Wildcats' DanielleHicks gave her team the runner-up spot with a 9.875 on the balance beam.

Arizona State's Ashley Kelly, who tied Maloney for the balance beam crown with a 9.50, claimedthird place in the all-around, with a 39.375. Maloney won three of the individual apparatustitles, including the vault (9.925) and the floor (9.975). The senior almost added another perfectmark for UCLA, when her floor exercise earned a 10.00 from one judge, but the other judge awardedher a 9.95 for a 9.975 average.

Eighth-year Oregon State coach Tanya Chaplin was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

2005 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championships
Final Standings
1. UCLA 197.100
2. Arizona 195.925
3. Oregon State 195.900
4. Stanford 194.600
5. Washington 194.600
6. Arizona State 192.975
7. California 163.500

1t. Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 39.700
1t. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 39.700
2. Ashley Kelly (Arizona State) 39.375

1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 9.925.
2t. Megan Devencenzi (Oregon State) 9.900.
2t. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 9.900
2t. Rachelle Silberg (Arizona) 9.900.

Uneven Parallel Bars
1. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 10.00
2. Tabitha Yim (Stanford) 9.900.
3. Ashley Kelly (Arizona State) 9.875.

Balance Beam
1t.Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 9.50
1t. Ashley Kelly (Arizona State) 9.50
3. Chelsea Plourde (Oregon State) 9.925

Floor Exercise
1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 9.975.
2t. Heather Justus (Oregon State) 9.900
2t. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 9.900
2t. Kate Richardson (UCLA) 9.900

Coach of the Year - Tanya Chaplin (Oregon State)

Freshman of the Year - Tasha Schwikert (UCLA)

Gymnast of the Year - Kristen Maloney (UCLA)

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