This Week in Pac-10 Gymnastics
April 3, 2007
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 GYMNASTICS The Pac-10 Conference Championship provided exciting competition and outstanding gymnastics. The Conference's seven teams met in Tempe, Ariz. at Wells Fargo Arena to compete in one last meet before the NCAA tournament. No. 8t UCLA (197.200) captured its 13th Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship title, edging No. 4 STANFORD (196.950) and No. 8t OREGON STATE (196.300). No 15 ARIZONA (196.000) placed fourth, while WASHINGTON (194.775) and ARIZONA STATE (194.550) battled it out for fifth and sixth places respectively. CALIFORNIA finished the meet in seventh place with a team score of 193.650. UCLA's Tasha Schwikert had a stellar night winning the all-around (39.750), and floor titles while sharing the vault (9.950) and beam (9.950) titles. Schwikert was also voted by the coaches the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. Stanford's Carly Janiga was voted Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Washington's Joanne Bowers and Stanford's Kristen Smyth were voted Pac-10 Co-Coaches of the Year. All seven Pac-10 teams take a week to prepare for NCAA Regional Championships to be held at various locations on Sat., April 14, 2007.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Sat., April 14
NCAA Regional Championships (6:00 p.m. - all times local to site)
West Region - 6:00 p.m. (Berkeley, Calif.) - No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Utah, No. 18 Missouri, WASHINGTON, Sacramento State, CALIFORNIA.
North Central Region - 6:00 p.m. (Denver, Colo.) - No. 2 Georgia, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Denver, No. 23 Brigham Young, No. 25 Minnesota, Utah State.
South Central Region - 6:00 p.m. (Tucson, Ariz.) - No. 4 STANFORD, No. 8t OREGON STATE, No. 15 ARIZONA, No. 20 Illinois, ARIZONA STATE, Illinois-Chicago.
Central Region - 6:00 p.m. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) - No. 3 Alabama, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 21 Ohio State, Kentucky.
Northeast Region - 6:00 p.m. (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - No. 1 Florida, No. 12 Michigan, No. 13 Arkansas, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire, Rutgers.
Southeast Region - 6: p.m. (Morgantown, W.V.) - No. 5 LSU, No. 8t UCLA, No. 17 Auburn, North Carolina State, West Virginia, North Carolina.
GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: Tasha Schwikert, UCLA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Carly Janiga, Stanford
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Kristen Smyth, Stanford & Joanne Bowers, Washington
PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE YEAR
SCHWIKERT won the Pac-10 all-around title for the second time in her career, scoring a 39.750, and ranks No. 3 nationally in the all-around. Schwikert also won the vault, beam and floor titles at the Pac-10 Championships. She is the only gymnast in the nation ranked in the Top 15 in the all-around and all four events (third in the all-around, vault and beam, ninth on floor and 11th on bars). Schwikert has hit an impressive 44 of 45 routines on the season and 43 in a row while placing first on an event on 60% of her routines (27 individual event victories out of 45 routines). 30 of her 45 scores have been 9.9 or higher, including 27 of her last 34 routines She leads the team with season averages of 39.446 in the all-around, 9.906 on vault, 9.907 on floor and 9.856 on beam. Schwikert won the all-around five consecutive times she has competed from Jan. 15-present. She received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors the first two weeks of the season and earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
JANIGA, from Paradise Valley, AZ, has been Stanford's leading all-arounder throughout the 2007 season, competing in all four events at every meet and earning Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week Honors early in the season. She was listed in Sports Illustrated's 'Faces in the Crowd' as a result of that award. Prior to competing at Stanford, Janiga trained at Desert Devils Gymnastics under Geoff Eaton. She was a multi-year member of the US Senior National team who qualified to the 2004 Olympic Trials, where she finished 9th. She earned gold medals on floor representing the US in two international competitions following the Olympics, then finished her high school career as the 2006 Junior Olympic National Bar and All Around Champion.
PAC-10 CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
BOWERS, this first-year head coach directed a remarkable turnaround of the Washington program, leading the Huskies to fifth-place at Saturday's Pac-10 Championships and a berth at next week's NCAA West Regional meet. She is the third Washington coach to receive the honor and the third Pac-10 coach ever to earn conference Coach of the Year honors in their debut season, joining UCLA's Valerie Kondos Field (1995) and Cal's Cari DuBois (2003), each of whom were also named Pac-10 Co-Coaches of the Year in their first seasons at their respective schools.
PAC-10 CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
SMYTH in her sixth year as Stanford Women's Gymnastics Head Coach has lead the Cardinal to a Pac-10 undefeated regular season and No. 4 final regular season ranking. In 2006 the Cardinal captured the Pac-10 title for the second time in the last three seasons, finished third at the NCAA West Regional, and two gymnasts (Tabitha Yim, Natalie Foley) captured five All-American honors. Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. In her first season, Smyth led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. She followed that up with another NCAA Championship appearance in 2003, marking the third straight year that the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2004, she guided Stanford gymnastics to its fourth straight NCAA Championships, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the NCAA Super Six Championships.
PAC-10 NAMES 2007 ALL-CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS TEAM
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., - Following are the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Gymnastics All-Conference teams, announced today. The All-Conference teams consist of the top six all-around competitors, plus the top three competitors in each individual event not among the all-around selections. Individuals may earn All-Conference honors in multiple individual events. A gymnast's score is determined by a combination of 50 percent regional qualifying score (entire season composite) and 50 percent Pacific-10 Conference Championship score.
ALL-AROUNDName School Yr. HometownNicole Harris ASU So. Long Beach, N.Y.Jami Lanz OSU So. Eugene, Ore.Anna Li UCLA Fr. Aurora, Ill.Tasha Schwikert UCLA Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.Tasha Smith OSU So. Auburn, Wash.Karin Wurm ARIZ Jr. Landenberg, Pa.
VAULTName School Yr. HometownAshley Houghting WASH So. Welland, OntarioMandi Rodriguez OSU Fr. Baldwin Park, Calif.Michelle Selesky UCLA Sr. San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
BARSName School Yr. HometownCarly Janiga STAN Fr. Paradise Valley, Ariz.Jordan Schwikert UCLA Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.Tabitha Yim STAN Jr. Irvine, Calif.
BEAMName School Yr. HometownApril Boone ASU Sr. Seattle, Wash.Kelly Fee STAN So. St. Charles, Ill.Jamie Holton ARIZ Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
FLOORName School Yr. HometownCarly Janiga STAN Fr. Paradise Valley, Ariz.Jamie Holton ARIZ Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.Nicole Ourada STAN So. Germantown, Wis.
March 31, 2007, Wells Fargo Arena, Arizona State University
Arizona State University hosted the Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships, where UCLA captured its 13th Pac-10 title. UCLA's Tasha Schwikert paced the Bruins by winning the all-around, vault, beam, and floor titles. Here are the final team results and individual champions:
TEAM RESULTS Vault Bars Beam Floor Total1. UCLA 49.375 49.325 49.425 49.075 197.2002. Stanford 49.325 49.325 49.175 49.125 196.9503. Oregon State 49.175 48.900 49.050 49.175 196.3004. Arizona 49.150 48.825 49.025 49.000 196.0005. Washington 48.800 48.300 48.425 48.225 194.7756. Arizona State 48.875 49.050 48.550 48.075 194.5507. California 48.825 48.325 47.850 48.650 193.650
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS Name Total Vault Bars Beam Floor1. Tasha Schwikert, UCLA 39.750 9.950 9.900 9.950 9.9502. Tasha Smith, OSU 39.475 9.925 9.800 9.825 9.9253t. Nicole Harris, ASU 39.450 9.825 9.900 9.925 9.800 Jami Lanz, OSU 39.450 9.850 9.800 9.900 9.900 Anna Li, UCLA 39.450 9.775 9.875 9.950 9.850
Vault Name Score1t. Ashley Houghting, WASH 9.950 Tasha Schwikert, UCLA 9.9503t. Cassandra Jusino, ASU 9.925 Alex Pintchouk, STAN 9.925 Michelle Selesky, UCLA 9.925 Tasha Smith, OSU 9.925
Bars Name Score1. Liz Tricase, Stanford 9.9502t. Karin Wurm, ARIZ 9.925 Tabitha Yim, STAN 9.925
Beam Name Score1t. Anna Li, UCLA 9.950 Tasha Schwikert, UCLA 9.9503. Nicole Harris, ASU 9.925
Floor Name Score1. Tasha Schwikert, UCLA 9.9502. Tasha Smith, OSU 9.9253t. Jami Lanz, OSU 9.900 Carly Janiga, STAN 9.900