UCLA Wins Inaugural Pac-12 Crown
Pac-12 Gymnastics Awards
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Stephanie McAllister (Utah)
Freshman of the Year: Georgia Dabritz (Utah)
Gymnast of the Year: Leslie Mak (Oregon State)
Coach of the Year: Valorie Kondos Field (UCLA)
SALT LAKE CITY — In front of a Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships record-setting crowd of 19,374 people at the Huntsman Center, UCLA claimed the first-ever Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship with a score of 197.425.
Competing in the evening session along with UTAH, OREGON STATE, and STANFORD, the Bruins were able to pull out the victory despite not ever having a lead during the meet.
"I really didn't think we had a chance going into the last rotation," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "I know it isn't over until the fat lady sings and all that, and that's what we preach, but it was important to me that our athletes went out and competed well because this is all a dress rehearsal for the national championship scene."
The Conference title is UCLA's 17th, most of any school in the Conference.
No. 2-seed Utah placed second, finishing with a score of 197.375. Sophomore Corrie Lothrop was the top all-around performer, earning a 39.625. The Utes also featured another event winner as freshman Georgia Dabritz claimed the top spot on the bars, scoring a 9.950.
Defending champion Oregon State finished third with a 197.025. Junior Makayla Stambaugh put all of her talents on display, tying for second on bars (9.925) as well as tying for third on the floor (9.900).
Despite placing fourth, the No. 4 seed Stanford Cardinal led through the first three rotations, registering season-highs on vault, beam, and floor. Freshman Ivana Hong tied for first place on vault, scoring a 9.950, and junior Ashley Morgan won the floor competition, scoring a 9.950.
ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, and WASHINGTON all took center stage earlier during the afternoon session.
Arizona bested their season average of 195.400, scoring a session-high 195.900. Junior Aubree Cristello was the top all-around performer of the afternoon session, earning a 39.325.
Arizona State finished with a 194.550 in earning the second-highest score of the first session. In her final Pac-12 competition, senior Beaté Jones tied for the top score on the floor in the opening session, scoring a 9.875.
Washington and California followed behind both institutions from the desert, scoring a 194.125 and 193.525, respectively.
In a vote of the Conference coaches, Oregon State senior Leslie Mak has been named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, Utah freshman Georgia Dabritz has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
|Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships: Team Results|
|3. Oregon State||49.200||49.200||49.275||49.350||197.025|
|6. Arizona State||48.800||47.925||48.825||49.000||194.550|