This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
March 7, 2006
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
Tally another perfect score by a Pac-10 gymnast, this time two in three days, as STANFORD'S Liz Tricase posted a 10.0 on the bars last week against Cal State Fullerton and UCLA. Pac-10 teams continue to leave their mark in the national rankings with five teams ranked among the Top-20. This Friday, No. 15 ARIZONA hosts Denver, SE Missouri and Cal State Fullerton. No. 14 ARIZONA STATE hosts Iowa State. CALIFORNIA travels to West Virginia. No. 17 OREGON STATE hits the road to compete against Utah. No. 8 Stanford travels to take on Alabama. This Sunday, California travels to take on George Washington. WASHINGTON travels east to challenge Arkansas. No. 10 UCLA is idle this week.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Fri., Mar. 10
Denver, SE Missouri, Cal-State Fullerton at ARIZONA , 7:30 p.m.
Iowa State at ARIZONA STATE , 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Utah, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at Alabama, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 12
CALIFORNIA at George Washington, TBA
WASHINGTON at Arkansas, 10 a.m.
ARIZONA - The then-No. 14 Wildcats (196.300) gave No. 2 Florida a major scare (196.625), while holding off Brigham Young (194.575), Mar. 3 before a season-high 1,096 fans in McKale Center. This is the first time the Wildcats have broken the 196 barrier this season. Junior Jamie Holton set the tone for Arizona as she tied for first place with a career-high mark of 9.925 on vault. Junior Aubrey Taylor paced the Wildcats on bars as she took first place honors, scoring a 9.9. Arizona will host its final home meet of the year, Fri., Mar. 10, against Cal-State Fullerton, Southeast Missouri and Denver. The program will honor the Wildcat's lone senior, Erin Muirhead.
ARIZONA STATE - Then-No. 15 Arizona State posted its best road score of the season, defeating California, 196.25-191.85, Mar. 3 at Haas Pavilion. ASU moves to 10-3 on the year and 4-2 in the Pac-10. Senior All-American Ashley Kelly won her 19th career all-around title, scoring a season-best 39.65. Kelly posted ASU's best bars score, a 9.9 to finish first. She also had her second best vault score of the year, scoring a 9.95 to place first. The Sun Devils play host to Iowa State Fri., Mar. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the final home meet of the season. It will be senior night at Wells Fargo Arena, honoring Kelly and Lauren Powell.
CALIFORNIA - California fell, on Mar. 3, to the then-No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils, 196.250-191.850. The Golden Bears posted team season best scores on the bars (48.625) and floor (48.400). Freshman Joanna Bennett notched a 9.825 to lead the team on bars. Junior Isabel Garcia recorded her season-best 9.775 and sophomore Alli Szutu posted her season-high (9.675) in the event. The Bears will travel to the East Coast this weekend. On Mar. 10, the Bears will face West Virginia and Pittsburgh in Morgantown, W. Va. On March 12, California will compete against George Washington and North Carolina State in Washington, D.C.
OREGON STATE - Then-No. 16 Oregon State beat Washington and Seattle Pacific in a three-way meet in Seattle on Mar. 3. The Beavers claimed the lead early and never looked back as they scored 194.600 with Washington (193.300) taking second and Seattle Pacific (189.850) taking third at Bank of America Arena. Freshman Jami Lanz won the all-around competition with a score of 39.075. It is the second all-around title of her career. On vault, sophomore Megan Devencenzi and freshman Tasha Smith tied for first place honors, scoring 9.875. This week the Beavers finish a string of four consecutive weeks on the road with a trip to Salt Lake City to face No. 6 Utah, Mar. 10.
STANFORD - The then-12th ranked Cardinal beat Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 3, 194.675-191.175. The Cardinal swept three of the four events (vault, bars, beam) to help raise its season record to 11-2. Sophomore Liz Tricase scored a perfect 10.0 on bars to take first place. Two days later, Tricase scored another 10.0 on bars against UCLA. This helped Stanford defeat then-No. 8 UCLA 195.950-195.150. San Jose State also competed and tallied a score of 193.225. On Mar. 10, Stanford travels to Alabama to face the third-ranked Crimson Tide. Stanford will host the NCAA West Regional on April 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
UCLA - In front of a season-high crowd of 5,027, the Bruins finished second in a tri-meet at Pauley Pavilion, Mar. 5. Stanford won the meet with a 195.95, with UCLA placing second with a 195.15 and San Jose State placing third with a 193.225. Senior Kate Richardson earned a season-best and meet-high 9.925 on vault. Sophomore Jordan Schwikert returned to the all-around and placed fourth with a 38.825. She won the floor exercise with a career-high 9.925 and was third on beam with a 9.85. Freshman Ariana Berlin scored a career-high 9.875 to place third on floor. Freshman Alyssa Kitasoe scored a career-high 9.725 on vault. Junior Ashley Peckett competed on floor for the first time this season and scored a 9.75. The Bruins are idle this week.
WASHINGTON - On senior night at Bank of America Arena, the Huskies (193.300) lone senior, Kelly McDonald, made the most of her final home gymnastics appearance. She competed in the all-around for the first time in two years and won both bars and floor against then-No. 16 Oregon State (194.600) and Seattle Pacific (189-850). McDonald was the lone Husky to win an event, taking bars with a season-high equaling 9.900 and tying for first on floor with a 9.800. The Huskies hit the road heading to Fayetteville, Ark. to face the Arkansas Razorback on Sun., Mar. 12 at 10:00 a.m.