Pac-10 Weekly Gymnastics Honors Announced

Feb. 26, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE's Tasha Smith and STANFORD's Liz Tricase have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for February 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Smith, a junior from Auburn, Wash., hit a 10.0 floor routine just one week after missing the elusive mark by 0.025 of a point. Smith stuck the landings of each tumbling pass in her routine and improved the dance moves from the previous week. It is the first perfect routine of Smith's career. She becomes the first Pac-10 gymnast this season and first Beaver since 2003 to earn the esteemed mark. Not only did Smith achieve the ultimate reward for a gymnast, but her result garnered first place in the event.

Smith added two more solid performances in the meet against BYU that helped the Beaver lineup reach a season-high score of 197.150. It is the best team mark for Oregon State since 2004. Smith vaulted a 9.85, fourth-best on the event. Her steady beam routine earned a 9.825 and a share of second place.

Tricase, a senior from Itasca, Ill., has been a huge lift for the Cardinal since returning from injury. She continued her great run in the Battle of the Bay against CALIFORNIA. Tricase put together pristine routines on vault and bars that notched scores of 9.95 and 9.9, respectively. She nabbed a tie for first place on both apparatuses. The meet was the Cardinal's best showing this season as they crossed the 197-point threshold for the first time in 2008. In the past three weeks, Tricase has scored no lower than 9.875 on either of her event specialties.

This is Smith's second career Gymnast of the Week nod and Oregon State's ninth all-time. Tricase earns Stanford's third Event Specialist of the Week honor this year.

Gymnast of the Week: Alexis Greene, ARIZ; Tiana Jean, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Nicole Ourada, STAN; Jordan Schwikert, UCLA.
Event Specialist of the Week: Sarah Specht, ARIZ; Tia Orlando, ASU; Keiko Nakamura, CAL; Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Natalie Padilla, UCLA; Ashley Houghting, WASH.

2008 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 14 - Anna Li, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Nicole Harris, ASU; Jan. 28 - Jami Lanz, OSU; Feb. 4 - Tasha Schwikert, UCLA; Feb. 11 - Tabitha Yim, STAN; Feb. 18 - Karin Wurm, ARIZ; Feb. 25 - Tasha Smith, OSU.

2008 Pac-10 Event Specialists of the Week: Jan. 14 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 21 - Marci Bernholtz, UCLA; Jan. 28 - Jordan Schwikert, UCLA; Feb. 4 - Ashlee Hinkle, ASU; Feb. 11 - Allyse Ishino, STAN; Feb. 18 - Tasha Smith, OSU; Feb. 25 - Liz Tricase, STAN.

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