This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
March 9, 2010
Friday, March 12
No. 24 Minnesota at No. 19 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT
ARIZONA STATE at BYU, 7 p.m. MT
No. 8 OREGON STATE/No. 18 Penn State/No. 21 Southern Utah at No. 9 Utah, 7 p.m. MT
No. 25 WASHINGTON at No. 2 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 14
CALIFORNIA/TWU at UC Davis, 2 p.m. PT
Michigan State/Cal State Fullerton at No. 3 UCLA, 2 p.m. PT
All times are local to site
Rankings from GymInfo as of March 8
A week after taking second-place at the Master’s Classic, the Wildcats picked up their third Pac-10 win of the season by defeating Washington, 195.75-195.675. Performing for the first time on floor in college, SO Katie Matusik recorded a 9.85. SO Deanna Graham tallied a personal best of 9.925 on floor to win the individual title.
In the final home meet of the season, the Sun Devils fell to Central Michigan, 195.575-194.825. FR Nickie Johnson recorded a career-high (9.85) on vault and floor (9.9), while SR Kaitlynn Bormann posted a personal best of 9.9 on bars. SO Madison Snowden earned a career best of 9.9 on floor.
The Golden Bears recorded their second-highest score (190.775), but finished third in a tri-meet behind Stanford (196.8) and San Jose State (195.075). FR Mariesah Pierce competed in her first all-around of her career, earning a 38.55. It was the third-highest all-around score for the Golden Bears all season.
The Beavers counted two falls for the first time this season and lost to No. 10 LSU, 196.925-195.525. SR Mandi Rodriguez scored a 9.925 on vault to tie for the individual title and recorded a 39.4 in the all-around to finish second in the meet. FR Melanie Jones posted a personal best of 9.925 on beam, while SR Laura-Ann Chong also set a career-high of 9.925 on beam.
SR Carly Janiga earned her fifth career Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around (39.55), beam (9.95) and floor (9.925) individual titles in the Cardinal’s (196.8) tri-meet victory over San Jose State (195.075) and California (195.075). The team score was a season high, while Janiga tied her personal best on beam. For the season, Janiga has 14 victories across all apparatuses.
Against No. 5 Georgia, the third-ranked Bruins earned a season-high team score of 197.875, the highest team score since 2004, but were edged out by the Bulldogs who scored 197.9. SO Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs recorded her first-career perfect 10 on the beam. It was only the seventh all-time perfect score in Bruins history on beam and the first since Kate Richardson (Feb. 1, 2004). Hopfner-Hibbs has hit all 23 of her routines across all apparatuses of the season and 43-straight dating back to last season.
Needing a high score to improve their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), the Huskies came up big with a season-high team score of 195.675, but it was not enough as the GymDawgs fell to No. 21 Arizona (195.75). SO Hatsune Akaogi earned her third all-around victory of the season, posting a 39.125. Against the Wildcats, Akaogi recorded a 9.8 on vault, a 9.775 on bars, a 9.725 on beam and a 9.825 on floor.