Top-Five Showdown For No. 1 Utes
The No. 1 University of Utah gymnastics team will take center stage when it hosts No. 4 Georgia on Friday night. The meet will be the second time this season that UTAH will participate in a meet in which both squads are ranked in the top-five. The Utes are the second Pac-12 team to be the top-ranked squad in the polls this season, replacing UCLA in the top position.
Pac-12 Conference meets will continue to showcase some of the very best teams in the nation this week as No. 7 UCLA welcomes No. 12 STANFORD, and No. 8 OREGON STATE will travel to Seattle to take on No. 21 WASHINGTON. No. 18 ARIZONA will also be in action this week when the Wildcats hit the road to compete against Texas Women's.
ARIZONA STATE looks to remain unbeaten when it travels to Utah State on Friday night. CALIFORNIA will also be in action this week as the Bears are set to take on UC Davis for the second time this season.
Friday, February 3
No. 18 ARIZONA at Texas Women's, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Utah State, 7 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at No. 21 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Georgia at No. 1 UTAH, 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 5
UC Davis at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 12 STANFORD at No. 7 UCLA, 12:30 p.m.
All times are local to site.
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com.
ARIZONA: Arizona aims to bounce back this week after suffering defeat to rival Arizona State. Senior Rebecca Cardenas was a bright spot for the Wildcats, posting a new career high on the bars with a 9.825, tying with senior Katie Matusik for first place on the event.
ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State won the first of two State Farm Territorial Cup match-ups over rival Arizona, scoring a season high 195.875. This was the first time the Sun Devils were able to take down their rival since 2006. Senior Beate Jones played a key role in the victory, earning the victory in the all-around with a score of 39.200.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears used a strong performance on the bars in their final rotation to secure the come from behind victory in a tri-meet with UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. Sophomore Dallas Crawford won the bars title with a season best score of 9.800.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State remains undefeated after beating Stanford 196.800-194.525. The Beavers have stayed perfect through a tough schedule in which each of their first three opponents were been ranked in the top-25. The schedule does not get any easier as they hit the road to take on the No. 21 Huskies of Washington.
STANFORD: Stanford looks to rebound this week after suffering a loss at Oregon State, 196.800-194.525. Senior Alyssa Brown tied for first on the beam, scoring a career high 9.925. The Cardinal begin a very challenging stretch in which five of its last six meets will be on the road.
UCLA: UCLA will attempt to bounce back from its first loss of the season when the team takes on Stanford. The Bruins have been impressive all year, with members of its squad among the top-25 in each event. Samantha Peszek has been especially impressive, currently ranking No. 4 in the all-around this season.
UTAH: Utah put on a spectacular performance in front of over 15,000 people in its win against in-state rival BYU, 197.550-194.450. Senior Cortni Beers set a pair of career highs, winning the beam with a 9.900 and scoring a 9.900 on the bars. Her score on the bars was the first of four-straight 9.900 routines for the Utes. For her performance, Beers was named Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week.
WASHINGTON: Washington looks to build on the momentum created from upsetting then-No. 1 UCLA last week. The Huskies led after every rotation for just the third time in school history and first since 2004. Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week Ruby Engreitz won the floor event with a career high 9.875. Engreitz also won the all-around with a season-high 39.325.