UC Davis Replaces UCLA as Stanford Gymnastics Opponent

Feb. 5, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Illness forced UCLA out of a women's gymnastics dual at Burnham Pavilion, but UC Davis will take the Bruins' place for the Sunday meet against Stanford, which will be held at Burnham Pavilion at 2 p.m..

The scheduled women's gymnastics showdown between No. 2 UCLA and the No. 6 Cardinal was called off because of an illness that has affected much of the UCLA team.

But UC Davis saved the day by agreeing to participate on late notice and Stanford coach Kristen Smythe said she is extremely thankful.

The decision for UCLA to withdraw was made by the Pacific-10 Conference in consultation with the UCLA medical staff because of health and safety concerns of the gymnasts and for those with whom they may come into contact. UCLA's practices from Monday through Wednesday were canceled.

Stanford and UCLA have combined for the past 12 Pacific-10 Conference titles and still will face each other at Stanford this season, at the Pac-10 Championships to be held March 21 at Maples Pavilion at 4 p.m.

Smythe and her staff wanted to keep the meet alive not only for the competition, but because Sunday's meet was to be the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day for Stanford women's gymnastics.

Thankfully, it will take place after all. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and there will be raffles to raise money to support breast cancer research.

After the competition, the Stanford gymnasts will hold an autograph session.

'We just want to thank Davis for coming here for this very important competition,' Smythe said.

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