Top-Five Showdown On Tap For UCLA
No. 3 UCLA will travel to No. 4 Georgia in what will be a huge meet for both squads. This will be the Bruins' second meet against a top-five program. UCLA narrowly squeaked out a season-opening win against then-No. 5 Utah, 196.075-196.025. This will be Georgia's second meet against a top-five Pac-12 foe, as the Bulldogs took on then-No. 1 Utah, losing 197.150-196.950.
In Conference action, No. 22 ARIZONA STATE will try to end a four-meet skid when it travels to No. 25 WASHINGTON. No. 17 ARIZONA travels to the Bay Area to participate in a tri-meet with CALIFORNIA and STANFORD in Palo Alto. Salt Lake City will play host to a top-10 showdown when No. 9 OREGON STATE travels to No. 7 UTAH.
Friday, March 2
No. 17 ARIZONA at UC Davis/San Jose State/Alaska, 7 p.m.
No. 22 ARIZONA STATE at No. 25 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at No. 7 UTAH, 7 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA at No.4 Georgia, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 4
No. 17 ARIZONA/CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site.
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com.
ARIZONA: Arizona used an all-around team effort to beat Washington 195.675-194.925. Sophomore Shana Sangston got the Wildcats off to a great start, setting a new career-high on the vault with a 9.775. Aubree Cristello also gave Arizona a huge lift as she scored at least a 9.900 on floor for the fifth consecutive week.
ARIZONA STATE: Sophomore Samantha Seaman enjoyed her best night as a Sun Devil, scoring a career-high 39.175 in the all-around competition against UCLA. Arizona State also scored a season-high 49.050 on the beam in its final rotation. Kahoku Palafox scored a career-high 9.850 on the event.
CALIFORNIA: The bears look to bounce back this week after taking third in a tri-meet with Maryland and San Jose State. California received a career-high performance on the vault from sophomore Dallas Crawford, who scored a 9.775 to tie for fourth overall. Cal continues a four-meet stretch on the road when it travels to Stanford this week.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State remained unbeaten with its 196.875-195.375 win over Boise State last week. Senior Leslie Mak was a huge contributor as she won three events and took the all-around title with a score of 39.500. Mak scored a 9.900 on the bars, balance beam and floor to claim event titles.
STANFORD: Sophomore Amanda Spinner earned her first collegiate victory for Stanford against Utah. After sitting out more than two years due to injury, Spinner tied for first on the balance beam with a 9.875. Nicole Dayton also had a solid performance for the Cardinal, winning the vault with a team season-best 9.900.
UCLA: UCLA recorded a national-best 198.050 against Arizona State. The score was the highest by a Bruin team since winning the 2004 NCAA Championships. Helping UCLA to its season-high score was Vanessa Zamarripa, who was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week. The junior scored a team season-high 39.625 to win the all-around competition. This is Zamarripa's first Gymnast of the Week honor this season.
UTAH: Utah beat Stanford 196.300-196.100 last week. The Utes got a huge contribution from Kyndal Robarts. The senior scored a career-best 9.975 on the vault, also earning Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honors.
WASHINGTON: Washington will look to bounce back this week after suffering defeat at Arizona 195-675-194.925. Freshman McKenzie Fechter was a bright spot for the Huskies as she set a new career-high on all four events and in the all-around. Fechter finished first on the beam with a 9.850.