Stanford Captures Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championship
March 24, 2001
Seattle - The sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal upset top-ranked UCLA to win the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championship at Washington's Bank of America Arena. The Cardinal posted a score of 197.850, while UCLA, the two-time defending Pac-10 Champions, scored 197.800. Stanford's score was the highest ever at the Pac-10 Championship meet. The victory marked the second time Stanford has won the Pac-10 title. The Cardinal also took top honors in 1998.
Washington used a school-record score of 197.475 to claim third-place honors for the third time in the event's history. Oregon State placed fourth with 196.550 points followed by Arizona State (195.725), Arizona (195.525) and California (193.750).
The Huskies were led by junior Stacy Wong, who won the bars with a score of 9.975 and finished second in the all-around by setting a school record score of 39.725.
"I thought the whole team did extremely well tonight," Wong said. "We have had been working very hard in the gym this past week so it was nice to see everyone do so well. Everyone did such a great job on the bars. I wanted to go up there relaxed and just do my job and that is what happened. To set the school record in the all-around at the Pac-10s will be something that will be hard to top."
Stanford's victory included individual event championships by Caroline Fluhrer on vault (9.975) and a tie for first on beam between teammates Lisa Leveille and Lindsay Wing (9.975). They became the first Cardinal gymnasts to win individual titles on the Pac-10 level. Wing was named the Pac-10 Freshman Gymnast of the Year.
UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj won the all-around for the second straight year with a meet-record score of 39.800. Bhardwaj was also named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher turned in the event's only perfect score, a 10.000 on floor exercise. It marked the 20th time this season the Bruins have hit a 10.000 during competition.
Stanford began the meet on bars and scored a solid 49.300. The Cardinal took command of the meet in their second rotation when they set a school record on balance beam with a score of 49.575. Lisa Leveille and Lindsay Wing posted identical scores of 9.975 on the event. Stanford kept up the pressure on UCLA by equaling their season-high score on floor exercise with a 49.600 performance. Leveille topped the Cardinal in the event with a score of 9.950 while four other performers scored 9.925.
"I couldn't be more pleased with my team tonight," said Stanford coach Mark Cook, who was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. "We came out and hit 24 of 24 routines and they did a phenomenal job. It was a tough meet and we just wanted to focus on ourselves and our game plan. The girls finished finals this past week so it was awesome to see how they responded. They are a close-knit team with a lot of energy and I am very proud of them."
Washington began the competition on floor and tied their school record with a score of 49.500 thanks to back-to-back scores of 9.500 by seniors Lanna Apisukh and Mandi Klug. Thanks to Wong's first-place finish, the Huskies set a school record on bars with a score of 49.550.
"This is the best meet we have had all season," said Husky coach Bob Levesque. "We nailed 22 of 24 routines. We have been struggling lately on the bars and on the beam this past month, so for us to come out and do so well is great for the team. I told them that if they can do this at Regionals, they will make it to Nationals. I am super pleased."
Vault Bars Beam Floor Total Stanford 49.375 49.300 49.575 49.600 197.850* UCLA 49.300 49.650 49.125 49.725 197.800 Washington 49.275 49.550 49.150 49.500 197.454 Oregon State 48.375 49.475 49.400 49.300 196.550 Arizona State 48.775 49.100 48.375 49.475 195.725 Arizona 48.750 49.150 48.375 49.250 195.525 California 49.125 47.350 47.900 49.375 193.750All-Around: 1. Mohini Bhardwwaj (UCLA) 39.800, 2. Stacy Wong (UW) 39.725, 3. Lindsay Wing (STAN) 39.625, 4t. Robin Phelps (STAN) and Caroline Fluhrer (STAN) 39.550. Other Husky Finishers: 6. Emily Pritchard 39.500, 7. Lanna Apisukh 39.425
Vault: 1. Caroline Fluhrer (STAN) and Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.975, 3t. Stacy Wong (UW) and Katrina Severin (OSU) 9.950, 5. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 9.925. Other Husky Finishers: 6. Emily Pritchard (UW) 9.900, 14. Tanya Powers 9.825, 19. Mandi Klug 9.800, 19. Molly Seaman 9.800, 24. Lanna Apisukh 9.775
Bars: 1. Stacy Wong (UW) 9.975, 2t. Stephanie Bychowski (OSU),Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Mohini Bhardway (UCLA) 9.950, 5t. Emily Pritchard (UW), Elizabeth Jillson (OSU) 9.925, Robin Phelps (STAN) 9.925, Onnie Willis (UCLA) 9.925 and Donnie Thompson (UCLA) 9.925 Other Husky Finishers: 10. Lanna Apisukh 9.900, 10. Daniela Medlin 9.900, 22. Tanya Powers 9.850, 26. Kim Claussen 9.825
Beam: 1t. Lisa Leveille (STAN) and Lindsay Wing (STAN) 9.975, 3. Katrina Severin (OSU) 9.950, 4. Annie Campbell (OSU) and Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.925. Other Husky Finishers: 6. Stacy Wong 9.900, 11. Emily Pritchard 9.850, 11. Molly Seaman 9.850, 17. Lanna Apisukh 9.800, 24. Tanya Powers 9.750, 36. Mandi Klug 9.450.
Floor: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 10.000, 2t. Lanna Apisukh (UW), Mandi Klug (UW), Lisa Leveille (STAN) and Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA) 9.950. Other Husky Finishers: 15. Stacy Wong 9.900, 23. Molly Seaman 9.900, 30. Emily Pritchard 9.825, 42. Amy Metcalf 9.200
2001 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year: Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA
2001 Pac-10 Freshman Gymnast of the Year: Lindsay Wing, Stanford
2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Mark Cook, Stanford