This Week in Pac-10 Gymnastics

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Jan. 23, 2008

Contact: Nicole Goyette

THIS WEEK IN THE PAC-10:After the third week of competition, the Pac-10 dominates the national rankings with five teams placed in the top-20 and two in the top-10 (No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 STANFORD). Though one Conference team dropped from the rankings, three that remain moved up in place. Last week saw ARIZONA STATE, OREGON STATE, and UCLA all sweep their meets' all-around competitions. This week's action showcases No. 14T ARIZONA at No. 11 OREGON STATE in the Beavers' third-annual 'Pink Out'. The event is designed to raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer. CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON face off in Seattle for a battle between arguably the two most up-and-coming teams in the Pac-10. In perhaps the most anticipated Conference competition of the season, STANFORD travels to UCLA for what will surely be a heated top-10 match-up. No. 19T ARIZONA STATE hosts long-time rival No. 3T Utah in their home opener.

*All times are Pacific

Friday, January 25
ARIZONA STATE vs. Utah, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 27
STANFORD at UCLA, 2 p.m.

ARIZONA - The Wildcats took on the STANFORD Cardinal in their first road meet of the season. Despite hitting 22 of 24 routines and winning three events, the Cats fell to Stanford by a close 194.6 - 194.125. Alexis Greene won the all-around for the second time this year (38.875). Bree Workman emerged victorious on vault in a three-way tie for first. On beam, Danielle Hicks shared the event title with a Cardinal after balancing her way to a 9.800. Next competition: Jan. 25 at OREGON STATE.

ARIZONA STATE - ARIZONA STATE posted a season-best 195.175 to beat CALIFORNIA on the road. In her first all-around of the season, Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week Nicole Harris led a Sun Devil sweep of the prestigious event with a score of 39.325; Tiana Jean tied her career-best of 38.9 to take second and Francesca Mercurio placed third. Five Sun Devils in the bar line-up scored career, season, or team-bests. Ashlee Hinkle scored three 9.825s in the meet and won vault. Next competition: Jan. 25 vs. Utah.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears, nationally ranked for the first time since 2005, won two events in its home opener against ARIZONA STATE. Joanna Bennett took top honors on bars with a personal best 9.900 and followed on beam with a career-best (9.825). Keiko Nakamura set a new PR with her first-place mark of 9.850 on beam. Siobhan Luce finished second on bars with a career-high 9.875. Next competition: Jan. 25 at WASHINGTON.

OREGON STATE - Team leaders Tasha Smith, Mandi Rodriguez, and Jami Lanz swept the all-around competition en route to a 195.625 - 191.425 victory over Northwest rival WASHINGTON. OREGON STATE hit its first 18 routines of the night. The Beavers' vault team, ranked sixth in the nation, reached the 49-point mark for the second consecutive meet. Freshman Jen Kesler earned a 9.85 on bars and the first individual title of her career. Next competition: The Beavers host the third annual 'Pink Out' on Jan. 25 vs. ARIZONA.

STANFORD - The Cardinal tapped into their depth as they emerged victorious over No. 12 ARIZONA 196.6-194.125. Kelly Fee led the Cardinal with her 9.825 on bars and 9.875 on floor. On vault, the Cardinal's most solid event of the afternoon, Stanford received strong 9.825 performances from Stephanie Gentry and Danielle Ikoma. Next competition: Jan. 27 at UCLA.

UCLA - The Bruins scored a season-high 196.125 in their win at Cal State Fullerton, hit 24-of-24 routines, and swept the all-around. Kristina Comforte nabbed a first-place mark of 9.9 on bars. Marci Bernholtz, Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, scored a meet-high 9.875 on beam. Natalie Padilla set a career-high of 9.85 on floor exercise and collegiate bests were earned by Allison Taylor (bars, 9.675) and Mizuki Sato (floor, 9.825). Next competition: Jan. 27 vs. STANFORD.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies' freshmen continue to make an impression on their opponents, as Haley Bogart won her first collegiate event title (beam, 9.825) and Kristen Linton snagged second place on two events against No. 16 OREGON STATE. As a result of the Bogart-Linton 1-2 finish on beam, WASHINGTON scored a season-high 48.125 on the apparatus. Next competition: Jan. 25 vs. CALIFORNIA.

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