UCLA Sweeps First Weekly Honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — UCLA sophomore Samantha Peszek and senior Tauny Frattone have been awarded Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Jan. 2-8, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Peszek, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., led the No. 1 Bruins past No. 5 Utah on Jan. 8, in a meet that came down to the wire. UCLA earned the nail-biting win 196.075-196.025 in its Conference opener in front of a sellout crowd. UCLA jumped out to a fast start on the vault behind career highs from Peszek, who earned a 9.925, and Frattone's 9.950. On the bars, Peszek's 9.825 would help to keep UCLA'S lead heading into the beam. After earning a 9.825 on the beam and tying for second on the floor, her winning all-around score of 39.450 helped the Bruins narrowly escape with the home victory.

Tying her career best 9.950 on the vault, Frattone's performance in the opening rotation provided the Bruins with a strong start. A native of Lake Forest, Calif., Frattone also performed well on the floor, earning a 9.875 to finish tied for second place.

UCLA will next travel to California on Jan. 15 at 2pm.

Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Stephanie McAllister, UTAH; Ruby Engreitz, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Katie Matusik, ARIZ; Kailah Delaney, UTAH; McKenzie Fechter, WASH.