This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Feb. 27, 2006
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
There are only three weekends left until the Pac-10 Conference Gymnastics Championship, March 25, hosted by OREGON STATE. Five teams are currently ranked in the Top-20 nationally. No. 8 UCLA hosts No. 12 STANFORD and San Jose State on March 5. No 14 ARIZONA hosts Florida and BYU. No. 15 ARIZONA STATE travels to take on CALIFORNIA. No. 16 Oregon State travels north to take on WASHINGTON and Seattle Pacific.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., March 3
Florida and BYU at ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, w/ Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Sun., March 5
STANFORD at UCLA, w/ San Jose State, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA - The then-No. 14 Wildcats upset the then-No. 6 Bruins 195.350-194.700, Feb. 24, in front of 1,011 fans in McKale Center. Freshman Bree Workman tied her career-best mark of 9.850 to finish second on vault. On bars, sophomore Karin Wurm captured the individual title with a career-high 9.900 to lead the Wildcats to a 49.100 team score. With the win, the Wildcats finish Pac-10 competition with a 3-3 record and improve their overall record to 4-8. Arizona will be in action at home again on March 3, as No. 2 Florida and BYU visit McKale Center.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils posted their best score of the season (196.95) to win the UNO Classic, Feb. 24, at Wells Fargo Arena in front of 1,321 fans. Then-No. 17 Oregon State took second (195.55), Boise State placed third (192.275) and Wisconsin-Oshgosh finished fourth (181.25). Senior All-American Ashley Kelly won her 18th all-around, scoring a 39.6. Junior April Boone posted her personal best, a 39.5, to finish second. Boone also took first on the vault scoring a season-high 9.9. The Sun Devils had their best score of the year on bars as they posted a 49.5, which represents the best team bar score in the nation to date. The Sun Devils travel to Northern California this week to take on California's Golden Bears on March 3.
CALIFORNIA - California beat Cal State Fullerton 193.000-192.325 Feb. 26, as the Golden Bears outscored the Titans in three of four events (vault, bars, floor). Freshman Jessica Kelley won the all-around with a career-high 38.950. She additionally won the bars with a 9.800, and tied for first (9.750) on the floor. Freshman Lydia Williams tied for second on the bars with a 9.775. The Bears will host Arizona State on March 3 at Haas Pavilion.
OREGON STATE - Then-No. 17 Oregon State had its best performance of the year scoring 195.550 to take second at Arizona State's UNO Classic, Feb. 24. The Beavers fell to the then-No. 15 Sun Devils (196.950), while Boise State took third (192.275) and Wisconsin-Oshgosh took fourth (181.250). The Beavers floor team posted their best score of the season, 49.125. Senior Chrissy Lamun posted her best floor score in two years with a 9.900. Senior Angela Morales posted a season-best on floor with a 9.875. Freshman Jami Lanz tied her career-best on floor with a 9.850. This week, the Beavers travel to Seattle to take on Washington and Seattle Pacific on March 3.
STANFORD - The then-No. 12 Cardinal raised their season record to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10 with a victory over Washington, Feb. 24 (196.375-189.600). Stanford swept all three places in the four events (vault, bars, beam, floor). Senior Natalie Foley won the all-around with a score of 39.325. Foley also took first on the beam posting a 9.900. Sophomores Alex Pintchouk and Tabitha Yim tied for first on the vault, each scoring a 9.925. Yim also took first on bars posting a 9.925. Freshman Nicole Ourada posted a 9.900 to take first place honors on the floor exercise. Stanford will next travel to Cal State Fullerton on March 3.
UCLA - The Bruins lost to Arizona Feb. 24, 195.350-194.700. On vault, senior Kate Richardson led all gymnasts with a 9.9. Richardson also led all gymnasts on floor with a 9.925. Richardson won her seventh all-around title of the season as she posted a 39.5. Freshman Ariana Berlin placed second in the all-around with a career-high 39.225. UCLA will next compete on March 5 in its home finale against Stanford and San Jose State at 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The Huskies (4-11) lost to then-No. 12 Stanford 196.375-189.600, Feb. 24. The Huskies left their third nationally ranked vaulter, freshman Ashley Houghting at home to nurse an injured back, along with five other injured Huskies. In their absence, freshman Nicole Omori competed in the all-around for the first time this season and placed third with a score of 37.925. Omori also took third on vault scoring a 9.875. The Huskies return to the mat on March 3 to take on Oregon State and Seattle Pacific. This will be the last home meet for senior Kelly McDonald.