Jordan Schwikert Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week
March 6, 2007
UCLA junior Jordan Schwikert has been named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for February 27 - March 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Schwikert, hailing from Las Vegas, NV, helped lead UCLA to a huge upset victory over second-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Georgia, 197.150-197.000. The team score was UCLA's highest of the season, and the win snapped Georgia's 27-meet, 57-opponent unbeaten streak (Georgia had not lost a meet since placing second at the 2005 NCAA Regionals). Schwikert scored a season-high 39.450 in the all-around in just her second all-around competition of the year, placing second. She earned season-high marks of 9.900 on vault to tie for second and 9.900 on floor to tie forthird. She also added a 9.850 on beam and 9.800 on uneven bars. Schwikert's vault score of 9.900 helped the Bruins achieve a season-high 49.425 on that event, and her 9.900 on floor was instrumental to the Bruins holding onto their slim lead over Georgia in the final rotation.
UCLA will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Fri., Mar. 9 to take on powerhouse Alabama at 5:30 p.m.
Also Nominated: Karin Wurm, ARIZ; April Boone, ASU; Jami Lanz, OSU; Ashley Houghting, WASH.
Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 16 - Tasha Schwikert, Jr., UCLA; Jan. 13 - Tasha Schwikert, Jr., UCLA; Jan. 30 - Tabitha Yim, Jr., STAN; Feb. 6 - Carly Janiga, Fr., STAN; Feb. 13 - Nicole Ourada, Soph., STAN; Feb. 20 - Jami Lanz, Soph., OSU; Feb. 27 - Tasha Smith, Soph., OSU; Mar. 6 - Jordan Schwikert, Jr., UCLA.