Pac-10 Gymnastics Teams Hitting Their Stride
Team and individual scores continued to soar this week as Pac-10 women's gymnastics teams are enhancing depth and cohesion. Just one week after four Pac-10 teams recorded season-best scores, six gymnastics teams accomplished the feat this time around.
ARIZONA STATE rose to the challenge of facing off against Conference foe OREGON STATE and No. 3 Utah. Though the Sun Devils could not upset their competition, each dual meet tallied season-high team scores for ASU. STANFORD continued its dominance as its season-high score of 196.975 earned a victory over San Jose State. The Cardinal's season average score of 196.550 marks the best four-meet start in school history.
WASHINGTON defeated Seattle Pacific while earning a season-high score of 195.800 in its first true road test of the season. The Huskies' JR Ruby Engreitz and SR Samantha Walior each scored career-highs of 9.90 to take the individual title on uneven bars. ARIZONA recorded a season-high 195.400 in its third consecutive win against the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Wildcats were led by SO Aubree Cristello's career high all-around score of 39.400.
Oregon State stunningly eclipsed the 49-point mark on all four apparatuses for the first time this season, en route to earning a season-high score of 196.950. The Beavers' JR Leslie Mak scored 39.40 and FR Brittany Harris scored a career-best 39.375 to finish first and second in all-around competition.
CALIFORNIA almost completed a comeback victory in a close dual meet against visiting Sacramento State. However, the Golden Bears recorded a season-high score of 192.700 as five gymnasts set personal records for performances on the floor exercise. SO Mariesah Pierce scored a career-high 9.900 on the floor, marking the first time a California gymnast scored a 9.900 on a routine since March 16, 2008.
For the third consecutive week, a Pac-10 gymnastics team will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah. Washington will take its routines to Salt Lake City to face No. 3 Utah. Meanwhile, three Pac-10 teams travel to the Windy City of Chicago, Ill., for competition. Stanford, UCLA, and Oregon State partner together in an NCAA feature session at the IGI Chicago Style Meet on Navy Pier. Arizona State hosts the only head-to-head Conference match-up of the week when California visits Tempe on Friday.
Friday, February 11
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 13 WASHINGTON at No. 3 Utah, 6 p.m.
IGI/Chicago Style Classic: No. 7 OREGON STATE, No. 2 STANFORD, No. 10 UCLA, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 12
ARIZONA at No. 24 North Carolina State, TBA
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Rankings from 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll
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