Pac-12 Teams Making Their Mark
Pac-12 Conference teams have had a huge presence amongst the very best teams in all of collegiate gymnastics. The Pac-12 has more ranked teams than any other conference, with seven in the top-25. ARIZONA STATE makes its first appearance in the polls this season, making their debut at No. 25.
A number of non-conference meets highlight the week in Pac-12 gymnastics. No. 7 UCLA travels to Illinois to take on No. 15 Boise State, No. 18 Missouri, and No. 19 Illinois. In other non-conference action, No. 20 WASHINGTON will compete against No. 8 Nebraska and No. 22 Michigan.
There are also a number of Conference meets that are sure to be very competitive. In its first week as a ranked team, No. 25 ARIZONA STATE will compete twice this week, first traveling to No. 16. ARIZONA and then hosting No. 1 ranked Utah. CALIFORNIA will host rival No. 12 STANFORD.
Friday, February 10
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE at No. 16 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at UC Davis/Sacramento State, 7p.m.
No. 7 UCLA at No. 19 Illinois/No. 18 Missouri/No. 15 Boise State, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 11
No. 20 WASHINGTON at No. 8 Nebraska/No. 22 Michigan/S. Utah, 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
No. 1 UTAH at No. 25 ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m.
No. 12 STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 12 p.m.
All times are local to site.
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com.
ARIZONA: Arizona returns home for a three meet stretch and will try to continue their winning ways. Despite dropping their previous two meets last week, the Wildcats got back into the win column, defeating Texas Woman's 195.875-193.725. Aubree Cristello was a main contributor in getting the Wildcats back on track, winning the all-around with a score of 39.075.
ARIZONA STATE: The undefeated Sun Devils capped another impressive week by making its first appearance in the national polls at No. 25. With its 194.600-192.575 win over Utah State, Arizona State has started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2006. Beate Jones earned her third-consecutive all-around title with a score of 39.175.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears used a number of career performances to best UC Davis for the second time this season. Stina Olivere equalled her career high on the bars with a 9.875. Not to be outdone, sophomore Dallas Crawford set her career-best in the event, matching the 9.875 by Olivere. Both will look to keep the momentum as they host Stanford this week.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State will put its undefeated record on the line once again this week when they travel to UC Davis. The Beavers will make its first ever trip to Davis, but hold the series edge, 8-0.
STANFORD: Nicole Pechanec performed admirably in the Cardinal's loss to UCLA. The senior placed first on both the floor and bars with scores of 9.900 in each. She also set a new career high in the all-around with a 39.325.
UCLA: UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa earned the Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honor for her performances on vault and uneven bars against Stanford. The junior scored a 9.950 on each event and has won the vault in three of five meets this season.
UTAH: Utah will look to continue its impressive start to the season when it travels to Tempe to take on the red-hot Sun Devils. The Utes have received major contributions from many members of their squad this season. The latest great performance came from sophomore Corrie Lothrop who won the all around (39.475), tied for first on the beam (9.900), and tied for first on the floor (9.950) in Utah's win over then - No.4 Georgia. For her efforts, Lothrop was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week.
WASHINGTON: Washington looks forward to a huge week in which they will compete against two top-25 teams. The Huskies hope that there strong effort against Oregon State last week will have them prepared to take on No. 8 Nebraska, No. 22 Michigan, and Southern Utah.