This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Jan. 13, 2010
Friday, January 15
ARIZONA STATE/No.14 Kentucky/No. 16 LSU/No. 15 Missouri
Lady Luck Invitational -Las Vegas, Nev., 6 p.m.
No. 1 UCLA at No. 19 WASHIGNTON, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 16
No. 5 OREGON STATE at Ohio State, 4 p.m.
Sunday, January 17
ARIZONA at No. 12 STANFORD, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site
Rankings from GymInfo as of Jan. 11
ARIZONA: SO Britnie Jones earned her first-career Pac-10 Special Performance of the week honors as she scored a 9.85 on the balance beam, helping the Gymcats earn a total beam score of 48.075 against then-No.8 Arkansas. In addition, the Special Performance selection was the first in program history. JR Colleen Fisher and SO Deanna Graham proved to be a stronghold on vault, scoring a 9.7 and 9.825, receptively.
ARIZONA STATE: After finishing fifth at the NCAA South Central Regional last season, the Sun Devils are led by JRs Mary Atkinson and Beate Jones. Jones, an All-Pac-10 first team selection in the all-around last season, will lead a group of 10 underclassmen.
CALIFORNIA: A 2009 All-Pac-10 honoree and lone senior Sophia Hocini is the veteran on a squad that welcomes seven newcomers. Hocini has competed at the NCAA Regionals in her first three seasons and will be looked upon for experience, along with JRs Stefanie Cheng and Avery Gee. Cheng was a first team Academic-All-Pac-10 selection and Gee qualified for the regionals last season.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers made a clean sweep in the 30th-Annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational by scoring 195.625, their highest score on an opening night since 2003. SR Laura-Ann Chong set career-highs on the uneven bars (9.925) and on the floor exercise (9.80). She tied for first on bars and won the balance beam title with a score of 9.850. FR Makayla Stambaugh topped a field of a dozen all-around competitors with a score of 39.275, her first individual title of her career. She also scored a 9.85 on the floor to take first.
STANFORD: The Cardinal finished one-tenth of a point from then-top-ranked Georgia, 195.150-195.050. SR Carly Janiga won the all-around competition with a score of 39.3, the lone victory for Stanford. FR Ashley Morgan scored a 9.875 on the vault, the team’s highest individual score. She also led the Cardinal with a 9.8 on the balance beam and 9.825 on the floor exercise.
UCLA: The Bruins hit 24-for-24 in its first meet of the season, recording five scores of 9.9 or higher and 15 scores of 9.8 or higher, en route to defeating then-No. 2 Utah, 196.600-195.125. SO Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs won the all-around with a score of 39.375, while SR Anna Li was a close second with 39.325 in her first all-around appearance since 2008. After the first weekend, Hopfner-Hibbs leads the NCAA on the floor exercise (9.925), all-around (39.375) and vault, earning her fourth-career Pac-10 Gymnast of the week. Li leads the NCAA on the uneven bars (9.950).
WASHINGTON: SO Hatsune Akaogi led the Huskies with a second-place finish in the all-around with a score of 38.95. She finished third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.775. JR Samantha Walior tied Akaogi on the bars with a score of 9.775 and capped the night with a score of 9.850 on the floor exercise to finish second in the event.