This week in Pac-12 women's gymnastics
By the Pac-12 Conference
After the first week of competition, Pac-12 teams are off to a strong start with an 8-2 record against other conferences. ARIZONA STATE, UTAH and WASHINGTON all start their seasons this week as they all had last weekend off. In the top matchup of the week No. 5 Utah travels to Los Angeles to face the No. 2 Bruins on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal and the Wildcats are the other Conference matchup this week, facing off on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. MT. OREGON STATE hosts Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. PT with the meet being televised on tape delay on the Pac-12 Networks.
Fri., Jan. 11
California at UC Davis 7 p.m. PT
#14 Ohio State at #9 OREGON STATE 7 p.m. PT
On the Pac-12 Networks
Sat., Jan. 12
#6 Stanford at #19 Arizona 4 p.m. MT
With Illinois and San Jose State
#4 Oklahoma at ARIZONA STATE 2 p.m. MT
#5 UTAH at #2 UCLA 7:30 p.m. PT
On the Pac-12 Networks
#17 WASHINGTON at #23 Minnesota 6 p.m. CT
*All times listed local to site.
Friday, Jan. 4
#9 OREGON STATE at Cancun Classic; 3rd, 193.600
#6 STANFORD at NorCal Quad Meet; 1st, 195.425
Sunday, Jan. 6
#19 ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA; CAL: 1st, 195.425, ARIZ: 3rd, 194.825
with #13 Auburn and #25 Kentucky
Southern Utah at #2 UCLA; 1st, 196.150
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
The Wildcats and head coach Bill Ryden tackled the first meet earning the highest team score on bars and vault in an opening meet in Arizona school history with a 49.10 on bars and a 49.20 on vault. With a few bobbles and errors on floor and beam the team left room to improve as they finished third on the night beating No. 13 Auburn while falling to California and No. 25 Kentucky. The Wildcats open their home season this weekend hosting No. 6 Stanford, Illinois and San Jose State on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. MT.
The Sun Devils open their season at home hosting No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. MT. With seven freshmen added to the roster you can expect to see new faces in the lineup this season. The Sun Devils have the most newcomers of any Pac-12 team and are coming off a strong season, recording the highest regional finish at fourth since 2006. The team graduated five seniors from last year and will have lineup spots to fill.
The Golden Bears hit the road for the first time this season when they take on UC Davis at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 11. California had a stellar first meet defeating No. 13 Auburn, No. 19 Arizona and No. 25 Kentucky. The 195.425 that the Bears posted was the sixth highest score in the nation on the weekend.
After a disappointing first meet of the season, the Beavers open their home slate on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. PT against No. 14 Ohio State. The meet will be televised on tape delay on the Pac-12 Networks. Oregon State is working on replacing graduated All-Americans Leslie Mak and Olivia Vivian, as they performed seven routines for the team in 2012. Last week the Beavers had five gymnasts perform seven routines in which they had never competed in at a collegiate meet.
With a victory in the first meet at the NorCal Quad last weekend No. 6 Stanford has picked up in 2013 right where they finished last season. The team tallied a 195.425, with at least two gymnasts finishing in the top-three individual scoring in each event. The team recorded the highest team score of the meet in every event as well. The Cardinal travels to No. 19 Arizona this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 12 where they will also face Illinois and San Jose State.
No. 2 UCLA kicked off their season hosting Southern Utah winning by a score of 196.150-194.875. UCLA took first place in all four events and the all-around: senior Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around (39.475), tied for first on beam (9.875) and won floor (9.975), while junior Olivia Courtney won vault (9.875) and senior Lichelle Wong and freshman Sophina DeJesus tied for first on bars (9.90). The Bruins face their first Pac-12 competition when they host Utah on Sat. Jan. 12 on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Utes open up their season this weekend when they travel to UCLA. The meet is sure to be strong as the Bruins and Utes finished 1-2, respectively, last season at the inaugural Pac-12 Championships and were voted the same in the preseason Pac-12 coaches poll.
The Utah gymnasts are not only amazing athletes, but excell in the classroom as well. The Ute gymnasts recorded the best team GPA of any of the Utah teams in the fall semester, collectively averaging a 3.651. Three members of the team earned a perfect 4.0 during fall semester.
The Huskies open their season on the road against another top 25 team as they travel to No. 23 Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. CT. After narrowlingly missing out on a trip to the NCAA's last year head coach Joanne Bowers and her team are determined to be in the top 12 at the end of the season.