Six teams rank in national top-25
By the Pac-12 Conference
Competition continues with three teams still undefeated this season. CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and UCLA all have posted perfect records through the first two weeks of competition. The Sun Devils, Golden Bears, Huskies, Beavers and Utes all face Pac-12 competition this week. UCLA posted the highest score in the nation this past week with a 197.425 to propel them to the number one spot in the rankings. Six of the Pac-12 teams found spots in the top 25 this week as the rankings are tabulated by the total season average.
Fri., Jan. 18
ARIZONA STATE at Sacramento State 7 p.m. PT
With San Jose State
#17 CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON 7 p.m. PT
With UIC and UC Davis
Sat., Jan. 19
#13 ARIZONA at Texas Woman's 8 p.m. CT
With BYU and Wisconsin-Whitewater
#23 OREGON STATE at #15 UTAH 7 p.m. MT
With #22 West Virginia and #20 Southern Utah
Mon., Jan. 21
#10 STANFORD at #8 Georgia 2 p.m. ET
*All times listed local to site.
Fri., Jan. 11
California at UC Davis W, 194.575
#14 Ohio State at #9 OREGON STATE W, 195.375
Sat., Jan. 12
#6 Stanford at #19 Arizona STAN: 1st, 196.025
With Illinois and San Jose State ARIZ: 2nd, 195.850
#4 Oklahoma at ARIZONA STATE L, 193.625
#5 UTAH at #2 UCLA UTAH: L, 195.300
UCLA: W, 197.425
#17 WASHINGTON at #23 Minnesota L, 193.500
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
The Wildcats posted their highest floor score since 2004 with a 49.400 in a quad meet with STANFORD, Illinois and San Jose State. The first home meet of the season attracted a record high crowd of 1,890 fans. Arizona placed second with a 195.850. Senior Aubree Cristello earned a first place in the all-around tying her career-high all-around score for the third with a 39.475 Cristello also won beam, placed third in a four-way tie on vault, third on bars. Cristello and teammate Kristin Klarenbach tied for first on floor, while Molly Quirk placed third.
Up Next: Arizona travels to Texas Woman's where they will also face BYU and Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sat., Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. CT.
Despite posting multiple career-highs the Sun Devils fell to then-No. 4 Oklahoma in their season opening meet 193.625-196.700. Natasha Sundby posted the first career-high with a 9.875 on vault tying for second on the event. Brianna Gades led the team in beam with a 9.825 to place third overall. On floor, Gades and Risa Perez both captured a 9.825 to lead the Sun Devils. A trio of 9.625's from Carissa Kraus, Kahoku Palafox and Amelia Rew boasted the team's bar score. 20 of the 23 lineup spots were held by underclassmen for ASU.
Up Next: ASU travels to Sacramento State to also face San Jose State in a tri-meet on Fri., Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. PT.
The Golden Bears had a fantastic meet in the 194.575-192.425 win over UC Davis. To kick off the meet Dallas Crawford and Madisyn O'Brien tied for second on bars both scoring a 9.800. Alicia Asturias posted a 39.300 to win the all-around and post the highest individual all-around score for Cal since 2004. Asturias placed first on vault with a 9.90 en route to her all-around victory. Kristina Heymann and Serena Leong tied for second with a 9.825. The score is tied for third in the Cal record book and the highest on the event for a Golden Bear since 2005. Despite struggles on beam as a team Carol Chang and Mariesah Pierce went one-two on beam scoring a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively. Asturias and Leong both tallied a 9.90 on floor tying for second place, which also ties for third in the Cal record book. The team's floor total of 49.175 was just one tenth shy of tying the school event record.
Up Next: Hitting the road to fellow Pac-12 team Washington on Fri., Jan, 18 at 7 p.m. PT
After a rough start in the first week of competition the Beavers bounced back with a 195.375-195.000 win over Ohio State. Oregon State kicked off the night sweeping the top four vault places with Kelsi Blalock and Hailey Gaspar tying for first with a 9.875. Brittany Harris placed third with a 9.850, while Makayla Stambaugh earned a 9.800 for fourth. The Beavers didn't stop there earning the top five places on bars with Stephanie McGregor and Erika Aufiero leading the way both with a 9.850. Brittany Harris and Stambaugh tallied a pair of 9.80's to tie for third. The Beavers struggled on beam with having to count a fall for the second week in a row but did not let that slow them down on floor where Stambaugh and Melanie Jones earned first a second place with 9.900 and a 9.825, respectively.
Up Next: The Beavers hit the road to Utah for a quad meet with West Virginia and Southern Utah as well on Sat., Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. MT.
The Cardinal traveled to Arizona for their second quad meet of the season and first Pac-12 matchup where they placed first with a 196.025. Stanford swept the top three placings on vault and earned both first and second on bars for the meet. Nicole Dayton scored a 9.875 on vault for first-place with teammate Ivana Hong claiming second with a 9.825 and Melissa Chuang and Taylor Rice tied for third both scoring a 9.775. On bars, Kristina Vaculik led the way earning a 9.925 for first-place and the highest score of the meet with Hong earning her second second-place of the night with a new personal best of 9.900. The team earned a 49.325 on bars, the highest team score on any event this year. On beam Shona Morgan earned the team high score with a 9.875 to place second in the meet. Hong was right behind her with a 9.850 to place third.
Up Next: The Cardinal travels to Georgia to face the SEC on Mon., Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. ET.
The Bruins scored a national season-best in the 197.425-195.300 win over then-No 5 Utah. Vanessa Zamarripa led the team with a victory in the all-around with a 39.675 and capturing first place on three events. She won bars tying her career high with a 9.975, tied for first on beam with teammate Danusia Francis with a 9.925 and tied with teammate Olivia Courtney on floor with a 9.950 with Alyssa Pritchett earning third with a 9.925. Courtney won vault for the second consecutive meet with a 9.90, while teammates Dana McDonaldy and Kaelie Baer tied for third with a 9.875. UCLA swept the top three on bars with Zamarripa placing first, Lichelle Wong placing second (9.900) and Mattie Larson earning third (9.875).
Up Next: The Bruins have a week off before traveling south to face Arizona State on Fri., Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. MT.
The Utes opened their season with a 195.300-197.425 loss to then-No. 2 UCLA. Utah started off with a struggle falling three times on bars. Georigia Dabritz scored the team high on the event with a 9.875 tying for third. The team rebounded on vault scoring a 49.250, their best event of the night. Tory Wilson posted a 9.90 to lead the team and tie for first on the event. Dabritz tallied another third place of the night scoring a 9.875.Floor was led by Nansy Damianova and Becky Tutka with a pair of 9.850's. On beam, Dabritz earned her final third place for the night with a 9.875. Dabritz (39.400) and Corrie Lothrop (39.300) placed second and third, respectively, in the all-around.
Up Next: The Utes head back home to host Oregon State, West Virginia and Southern Utah in a quad meet on Sat., Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. MT.
The Huskies posted their best season-opening score in two years with a 193.500, however it fell short to Minnesota's 195.550. Aliza Vaccher won the all-around title, her first since 2011, with a 38.850. Vaccher posted a new career-best on floor with a 9.825 to finish third. Lauren Rogers led the team on vault tying for second overall with a 9.900. The team posted their highest event score of the night on vault with a 48.700. On bars, McKenzie Fechter and Jackie McCartin tied for second with a pair of 9.725's. Fechter again tied for second on beam, this time with teammate Paige Bixlr as the duo scored 9.775 on the event.
Up Next: The Huskies host Cal, UC Davis and UIC in a quad meet at 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 18.