This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 24, 2007

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As the second week of Pac-10 play is quickly approaching, STANFORD leads the pack ranked nationally at No. 4. Two very important match-ups this week in the Pac-10 feature No. 13 OREGON STATE at No. 16 ARIZONA on Fri., Jan 26 and No. 6 UCLA hosting unranked ARIZONA STATE also on Fri., Jan 26. Another match-up to keep a close eye on is No. 4 STANFORD taking on a yoing unranked WASHINGTON in Seattle. CALIFORNIA is idle this week. The Pac-10 crown is still up for grabs as the season is just getting started. Any team can win. Who will it be?

Fri., Jan. 26
ARIZONA STATE vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

UCLA junior Tasha Schwikert has been named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for January 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Schwikert, hailing from Las Vegas, Nev., recorded the top two all-around scores in the nations this year, earning a 39.675 in a tri-meet with San Jose State and Cal State Fullerton on Fri., Jan. 19 and improving to a 39.700 against #8 Arizona on Sun., Jan. 21. Schwikert won the all-around and all four events at Cal State Fullerton. Scored a career-high tying (9.975) on vault at Fullerton, earning a (10.000) from one judge and (9.950) from the other. Schwikert also won the all-around, beam and floor, tied for first on vault and placed second on bars vs. Arizona.

Over the weekend Schwikert set season-bests on every event and the all-around with a (9.975) on vault, (9.900) on bars, (9.950) on beam, (9.950) on floor and 39.700 in the all-around. She helped the Bruins record season-best team totals in consecutive meets - 196.05 on Fri., Jan 19 and 196.75 on Sun., Jan 21. She also helped UCLA achieve season-bests on vault (49.4 on Fri.), bars (49.35 on Sun.), beam (49.2 on Sun.) and floor (49.35 on Sun.). All eight routines she competed this weekend scored 9.900 or higher - five 9.900s, two 9.950s and one 9.975.

UCLA is currently ranked sixth in the national standings. UCLA will host Arizona State next on Fri., Jan 26 at Pauley Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jami Lanz, OSU; Liz Tricase, STAN.


  • ARIZONA - Arizona dropped its Pac-10 season opener to UCLA 196.750-193.075... The Wildcats' Rachelle Silberg and Brittney Morgan placed thrid on the vault scroing a (9.825)... Senior Aubrey Kelly, placed third in the beam with a score of (9.850) and third in the all-around with a score of 39.000... The Wildcats will host Oregon State Fri., Jan. 26.

  • ARIZONA STATE - Arizona State scored a 193.075 in its season opening loss against the Cardinal... Lauren Powell placed third 39.050 in her first all-around competition since the 2005 season... April Boone posted a (9.850) on both beam and floor placing third in both those events... Cassandra Jusino scored a (9.850) on vault to tie for second place... Arizona State did not compete this past week. The Sun Devil hosts No. 6 UCLA in its first home meet of the 2007 season on Fri., Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

  • CALIFORNIA - Despite lighting up the floor, California fell to No. 21 Oregon State, 195.400-191.875, in Corvallis, Ore., Friday evening in the first meet of the 2007 season... Sophomore Jessica Kelley posted a 38.625 in the all-around competition to finish third. Kelley tallied a career-high (9.850) on the floor and matched her career-high of (9.650) on the beam... The Bears return home to host Stanford in the Big Meet on Sun., Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.
  • OREGON STATE - Oregon State earned its first win of the season Friday night in its home opener against California... Sophomore Jami Lanz won the all-around with a season-high score of 39.300. Lanz added the vault (9.875) and beam (9.90) titles... Freshman all-arounders Mandi Rodriguez (39.000) and Laura-Ann Chong (38.600) each posted career-best scores in the all-around, with Rodriguez also setting new highs on bars, beam and floor and finishing second in the all-around Friday. The Beavers travel to Arizona next week for a meet against the No. 8 Wildcats, Fri., Jan. 26 starting at 7:30 p.m.

  • STANFORD -The Cardinal for the second straight meet hit 24 of 24 routines to record a season-best 197.125 - 193.075 resounding victory over the Sun Devils, who were ranked eleventh in the nation... Liz Tricase, a junior who is one of the nation's top competitors on Bars, tied her school record with a perfect (10.000), not once but twice... Junior Tabitha Yim was close behind in second place with a season-best (9.950)... In fact, Stanford took the Top 5 spots on Bars to record a season-best team total of 49.575... Stanford hits the road again Fri., Jan. 26 taveling to Washington.

  • UCLA - UCLA broke 196 for the first time this season, scoring 196.05 to place first in a triangular meet, Cal State Fullerton placed second with a 190.425, while San Jose State was third with a 189.175... Junior Tasha Schwikert won all four events and captured the all-around title with a national-best 39.675... UCLA recorded a season-high 196.750 to defeat eighth-ranked Arizona, who scored 193.075... Schwikert tied for first on vault and won the beam and floor. Freshman Anna Li also had a standout performance, earning a career-high 39.55 in the all-around and winning the uneven bars with a career-best (9.950). The Bruins will next compete on Fri., Jan. 26 at Arizona State.

  • WASHINGTON - Despite freshman Cassidy Lance scoring a career-high (9.900) on vault, and Washington recording its highest team score in nearly two years, No. 3 Utah held on for a 196.725-193.850 win. Washington will return home to face another highly-ranked foe in No. 12 Stanford, Fri., Jan. 26 at Bank of America Arena.
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