March 23, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 10 Stanford women's gymnastics recorded a 196.150 overall team score on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion, good enough for a third place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships. Two-time defending champion and the nation's current No. 1 squad, UCLA, was crowned conference champions with a 197.625 overall finish.
No. 12 Arizona placed second with a 197.050, followed by 2001 conference champion Stanford in third, No. 14 Oregon State in fourth place with a 196.125, Washington in fifth place at 195.425, No. 16 Arizona State coming in sixth with a 194.125 and California rounding out the group in seventh at 189.700.
The Bruins captured the overall team title in every event with the exception of the vault, which Arizona claimed with a 49.550 tally. Stanford produced its highest team score on the balance beam, finishing in third with a 49.025. UCLA's Onnie Willis (39.625) and Jamie Dantzscher (39.575) finished in first and second place, respectively, in the All-Around to pace the Bruins. Willis also tied for first place on the bars, earned a second place finish in the vault and came in third place on the floor exercise. Dantzscher claimed the top spot on the bars and the floor exercise, while Washington's Emily Pritchard took first place on the vault.
The evening started out promising for the Cardinal (13-5 overall, 9-3 Pac-10), who notched a 49.100 on the floor exercise in the first rotation. Sophomores Lindsay Wing (Cypress, Texas) and Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, British Columbia) tied for seventh place to lead the Cardinal floor team with a 9.900.
Following a bye in the second rotation, Stanford recorded a 49.000 to finish tied for fifth among vault competitors. Sophomore Kendall Beck (San Antonio, Texas) was the top performer on vault for the Red and White, finishing in an eighth-place tie with a 9.900.
After its second bye, the Cardinal moved on to the bars as the fifth rotation began. A team score of 49.025 on the event would improve the team's cumulative score to 147.050. L?veill?'s 9.850 was Stanford's top score on the routine.
The sixth rotation had the Cardinal scheduled for competition on the balance beam, and Stanford responded with a solid 49.025. Wing and L?veill? finished in a four-way tie for first place on the event, as the Cardinal gymnasts posted a 9.900. Senior Katy Herbert (Chandler Heights, Ariz.) tied for eighth place with a 9.850.
UCLA's Dantzscher was named 2002 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, while Stanford's Mandy Delgado (Cupertino, Calif.) and Arizona's Katie Johnson were tabbed Pac-10 Co-Freshmen of the Year. Arizona's Bill Ryden was awarded Pac-10 Coach of the Year.