Pac-12 Gymnastics Headed To Salt Lake City




Top-seeded UCLA headlines a very talented collection of teams headed to Salt Lake City to compete in the first ever Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships. No. 2 UTAH is set to host the inaugural event and looks forward to adding to an already storied tradition that includes 10 national championships. No. 3 OREGON STATE will be looking to defend its 2011 Conference crown behind the leadership of reigning Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Tanya Chaplin, and Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, Leslie Mak. STANFORD is seeded fourth and rounds out the field competing in the evening session of Saturday's Championships.

No. 5 seed ARIZONA and sixth-seeded WASHINGTON are the top two seeds competing in the afternoon session. Both squads are riding impressive win streaks heading into the Championships, and figure to be major factors in the competition. Rounding out the field are the No. 7 and 8 seeds, ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA, who will look to continue to build upon the tremendous strides each team has made this season.

Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, March 24
Pac-12 Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah
Session 1 (2:00 P.M. MT): No. 5 Arizona, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 California
Session 2 (7:00 P.M. MT): No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Utah, No. 3 Oregon State, No. 4 Stanford

Saturday, April 7
NCAA Regional Championships, TBD

Friday, April 20
NCAA Championships, Duluth, GA

Saturday, April 21
NCAA Championships, Duluth, GA

Sunday, April 22
NCAA Championships, Duluth, GA

All times are local to site.
Teams listed with seedings for 2012 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships

Team Notes

ARIZONA: The Wildcats will head into the postseason with a lot of momentum as they posted a season-high 196.525 in the final meet of the regular season. Aubree Cristello performed exceptionally well, winning the all-around competition with a score of 39.475. Cristello's all-around score ranks No. 9 all-time in Arizona history. For her efforts, Cristello was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week.

ARIZONA STATE: Sophomore Samantha Seaman recorded three scores of 9.8 or higher, last week, in Arizona State's quad meet at the University of Denver. Seaman scored a 9.875 on vault, 9.825 on beam, and 9.8 on the floor for the Sun Devils. Her all-around score of 39.150 was just short of her career-high of 39.175.

CALIFORNIA: California scored a season-high 48.750 on the balance beam in the final home meet of the year. Nicolette Lew took third overall and lead Cal with a 9.825. The Bears also recorded their second-best score of the season on the floor with a 48.525.

OREGON STATE: Oregon State senior Leslie Mak made her final home performance a memorable one. Mak notched a 39.400 in the all-around competition to claim the title. It was the sixth time this season that Mak has scored at least a 39.400 or better. She also earned event titles on bars (9.900) and on the floor (9.925). Her score on the floor was a career-high.

STANFORD: Stanford was off last week. Competing as the No. 4 seed, the Cardinal will be seeking its first Conference championship since 2008.

UCLA: The top-seeded Bruins will head to Salt Lake City after being off for a week. UCLA will look to carry its momentum from the 197.525-196.475 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma. UCLA has won the most conference championships amongst the member schools with 15.

UTAH: Utah posted its best road score of the season in its 197.900-196.475 loss to No. 1 Florida. Freshman Kailah Delaney tied for first on vault, scoring a 9.900. The win was Delaney's fourth of the season on vault. She was awarded with Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honors.
                     
WASHINGTON: In defeating Cal 196.250-191.775, Washington posted at least a 196.0 for the second-straight week. Freshman McKenzie Fechter won her second all-around title of the year, scoring a 39.225. Washington will compete at the Conference Championships as the No. 6 seed.

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