Pac-12 Teams Continue To Impress
For the second straight week the Pac-12 Conference has more teams ranked in the top-25 than any other conference. Pac-12 teams have benefited from the incredible amount of competition week in and week out during Conference meets and have performed well in non-conference action. No. 1 ranked UTAH has retained the top spot in the polls for the third consecutive week, but the Utes will be tested when they head to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on No. 21 Michigan.
The only Conference meet this week will be a big one. No. 8 OREGON STATE will host both CALIFORNIA and No. 7 UCLA. The meet will allow each team to see where it stacks up amongst the nation's best. Oregon State senior Leslie Mak has been a standout performer for the Beavers and is ranked in the top-25 individually on the uneven bars (1st), balance beam (2nd), floor exercise (14th) and in the all-around (8th).
Friday, February 17
BYU at No. 15 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA/No. 7 UCLA at No. 8 OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 1 UTAH at No. 21 Michigan, 6 p.m.
No. 13 LSU/SPU at No. 23 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 18
No. 12 STANFORD at Metroplex Challenge, 4:30 p.m
Sunday, February 19
No. 18 Illinois at No. 25 ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site.
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com.
ARIZONA: Arizona posted a season high 195.900 in its win against Arizona State. Aubree Cristello won the all-around with a season-high 39.325. The Cats continue their homestand as they entertain BYU.
ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State suffered its first losses of the season against Arizona and Utah this past week. Against Arizona, the Sun Devils recorded their road season-high of 195.500.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears recorded their highest score since 2007 with a 194.725 against Stanford. Cal received season-highs on both the balance beam and on the floor, scoring 48.725 and 48.650, respectively. Nicolette Lew paced Cal on the beam, scoring a career-best 9.850.
OREGON STATE: Teammates Leslie Mak and Melanie Jones were named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week and Special Performance of the Week, respectively, for their efforts against UC Davis and Sacramento State. Mak won the all-around competition with the second-highest score in Oregon State history, scoring a 39.675. Jones scored a 9.950 on the floor, including a perfect 10.0 from one judge.
STANFORD: Stanford swept every event en route to a 196.175-194.725 victory over California. The Cardinal are 34-1 against Cal since 1996 and have not lost to their rival since 2000.
UCLA: UCLA hit all 24 routines without a fall to take first place at the IGI/Chicago Style NCAA Invitational. The Bruins had event winners on all four events. Mattie Larson earned her first event win of the year, winning the balance beam with a 9.850.
UTAH: Utah remains the number one ranked team in the country this week after defeating Arizona State 196.150-194.000. Corrie Lothrop was a triple-winner for the second-straight week. Lothrop won both the beam and floor with a pair of 9.9's and also won the all-around with a 39.400.
WASHINGTON: Several Huskies recorded career highs, helping Washington to a third-place finish at the Masters Classic in Lincoln, Neb. McKenzie Fechter tied her career best on both the floor and beam events, scoring a 9.850 and 9.800, respectively. On the vault, Madison Podllucky also set a new career high, scoring a 9.750.