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Gymnastics Prepares for Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/29/2007
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Arizona Women's Gymnastics

Meet Notes

Pac-10 Championships

March 31, 2007

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (12-4, 4-2 Pac-10) will travel to Tempe, Ariz., this Saturday, March 31, to compete at the Pac-10 Championships. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. (MST) in Wells Fargo Arena.

 

Follow the Meet Live: Live stats will be available on the Arizona State University official athletics site, www.thesundevils.com.

 

On the Tube: The Pac-10 Championships will be shown taped delayed on April 6 on Fox Sports Net. Check your local listings for times depending on where you live. Jim Watson and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will provide the play-by-play and analysis.

 

Meet Rotations: The Wildcats have a favorable draw for event rotations, starting with a bye during Rotation I before moving to vault and continuing in Olympic order, which means UA will wrap up the meet in the final rotation on floor, the team’s strongest event in 2007.

 

Rotation

Bye

Vault

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

I

Arizona

California

Stanford

Oregon St.

Arizona St.

UCLA

Washington

II

Washington

Arizona

California

Stanford

Oregon St.

Arizona St.

UCLA

III

UCLA

Washington

Arizona

California

Stanford

Oregon St.

Arizona St.

IV

Arizona St.

UCLA

Washington

Arizona

California

Stanford

Oregon St.

V

Oregon St.

Arizona St.

UCLA

Washington

Arizona

California

Stanford

VI

Stanford

Oregon St.

Arizona St.

UCLA

Washington

Arizona

California

VII

California

Stanford

Oregon St.

Arizona St.

UCLA

Washington

Arizona

 

 

The Rankings: Arizona enters competition this week ranked No. 15 in the country, with a RQS of 195.855. In individual events, UA ranks tied for No. 10 on floor (49.165), No. 16 on beam (48.910), No. 20 on bars (48.970) and No. 18 on vault (49.015). The Wildcats were tabbed as the No. 16 team in the nation according to the preseason coaches’ poll. Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 83 of the last 84 polls, including 34 straight. Individually, Karin Wurm ranks No. 9in the nation on bars, with an RQS of 9.900 and No. 21 in the all-around (39.295). Additionally, Danielle Hicks ranks tied for No. 20 on beam (9.870).

 

About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone.  From Jan. 15-Feb. 12, teams were ranked by their total season average.  Since Feb. 19, teams and gymnasts are being ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).  An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. 

 

A Look at the Sun Devils: Posting its highest away score of the season, Arizona State fell to No. 5 Utah 196.650-194.950 last week. Sophomore Nicole Harris led the Sun Devils finishing third in the all-around (39.550) and tied her season-best score on bars (9.875). The Sun Devils posted their third highest score of the season with a 48.950 on bars. Senior April Boone placed fourth on vault (9.875) and tied for third on bars (9.875).

 

A Look at the Golden Bears: California recorded its second-highest team score in school history (196.500) to finish out the regular season with a sweep of a quadrangular meet featuring UC Davis, Sacramento State and San Jose State. Two Cal gymnasts recorded career-high scores in the all-around. Sophomore Jessica Kelley won the competition with a 39.425, while freshman Siobhan Luce finished third .

 

A Look at the Beavers: It was a night of career-high scores as Oregon State finished the regular season with an impressive win over Cal State Fullerton, 197.100-192.700, topping the 197 mark for the first time since 2003. Sophomore Jami Lanz captured the all-around title with the fifth highest all-around score in school history and set her career-high score on the beam (9.925), floor (9.925) and in the all-around (39.625). Freshman Mandi Rodriguez also recorded a career-high on the vault (9.950) and in the all-around 39.450, finishing third behind sophomores Lanz and Tasha Smith.

 

A Look at the Cardinal: Stanford finished the regular season undefeated in the Pac-10 with a win over No. 8 UCLA 196.825-196.250 on Sunday. Junior Alex Pintchouk led the Cardinal, finishing first in the all-around (39.425) and on bars (9.900). Freshman Stephanie Carter set a new career-high mark with a 9.850 on the vault, while classmate Carly Janiga finished the regular season strong, capturing second place in the all-around and tied for first on the bars along with Pintchouk.

 

A Look at the Bruins: Despite junior Tasha Schwikert winning the beam (9.950) and vault (9.925) titles, UCLA was defeated by Stanford in its final regular season meet 196.825-196.250. Sophomore Ariana Berlin had a strong performance finishing third in the all-around, and junior Jordan Schwikert had an impressive vault routine scoring 9.900 second behind her sister Tasha.

 

A Look at the Huskies: Washington defeated Seattle Pacific in its final regular season meet by a score of194.475-193.375. Sophomore Ashley Houghting continued her impressive year winning the all-around title (39.350). She also posted impressive scores on vault (9.950) and floor (9.975). Junior Raimey Iselin returned to action after two months to win her second bars title in her career with a 9.800.

 

Side-by-Side:

Season average scores by team for each of the Pac-10 schools:

 

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Arizona

49.000

48.719

48.682

49.023

195.423

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