Halfway to Pac-12 gymnastics championships
By the Pac-12 Conference
ARIZONA STATE enters the Top 25 in the nation for the first time this season with a No. 25 ranking. OREGON STATE head coach Tanya Chaplin earned her 300th career win last week with a victory over the Sun Devils. Competition continues this week with three meets televised on the Pac-12 Networks. No. 25 ARIZONA STATE will travel to No. 10 STANFORD on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. PT. The meet will be televised on tape delay on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. PT. Also on Friday, Feb. 15 No. 6 UTAH travel to No. 23 WASHINGTON for meet slated to begin at 7 p.m. PT. The meet will be aired on tape delay on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. PT. No. 13 OREGON STATE hosts No. 4 UCLA for a meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks at 7 p.m. PT. No. 14 ARIZONA hosts No. 8 Nebraska for a non-conference matchup this week on Saturday Feb. 16. CALIFORNIA closes out the week for the Pac-12 hosting Brown and San Jose for a Monday evening meet on Feb. 18.
Fri., Feb. 15
#25 Arizona State at #10 Stanford 7 p.m. PT
On the Pac-12 Networks (Tape Delay)
#6 Utah at #23 Washington 7 p.m. PT
On the Pac-12 Networks (Tape Delay)
Sat., Feb. 16
#8 Nebraska at #14 Arizona 4 p.m. MT
#4 UCLA at #13 Oregon State 7 p.m. PT
On the Pac-12 Networks
Mon., Feb. 18
Brown and San Jose at California 7 p.m. PT
*All times listed local to site.
Thurs., Feb. 8
#12 Oregon State at Arizona State OSU; 196.300-195.450
Fri., Feb. 9
#13 Arizona at Chicago Style Meet ARIZ; 1st; 195.950
Against Pittsburgh, Texas Woman's, Ilinois St.
#23 California at #7 Utah UTAH; 197.050-192.750
Sat, Feb. 10
#25 Washington at #4 UCLA UCLA; 1st; 196.950
With Sacramento State and UC Davis WASH; 2nd; 195.950
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
Competing at the Chicago Style meet the Wildcats took first place with a score of 195.950. The team improved their vault score by almost an entire point from the previous week tallying a 49.125 on the event, an event that has cause the team some problems early in the season.The Wildcats saw debut performances from freshman Jessie Sisler who was crowned the Pac-12 freshman/newcomer of the week after her performance. Junior Shana Sangston made her Arizona debut on bars with a score of 9.725. The Wildcats return home to take on No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. MT for their annual "Flipping for the Fight" meet.
The Sun Devils were once again led by star performances from the underclassmen in the team's loss to No. 12 Oregon State. Sophomore Brianna Gades tied for first on floor with freshman Stephanie Miceli tying for second place in just her second performance this season the event. Miceli also shinned on beam where she led the team with a 9.825. The freshmen were not complete making their mark on the meet as Carissa Kraus and Erin Hamister posted career highs on vault with a pair of 9.850's. The team travels to the Bay Area to face No. 10 Stanford on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The meet will be televised by the Pac-12 Network on will be aired on tape delay on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. MT.
With a limited lineup last weekend due to nagging injuries the Golden Bears fell to No. 7 Utah, 192.750-197.050. Junior Alicia Asturias shined for the team earning second place finishes on vault, bars and the all-around. The team held strong through three events but struggled on beam with the loud Utah crowd of 14,000 people. The Golden Bears have more than a week off to prepare for their next meet when they return home to Haas Pavilion to face Brown University and San Jose State on Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
Head coach Tanya Chaplin earned her 300th career victory last weekend at the Beavers topped Arizona State 196.300-195.450. Chaplin is now just one of two Oregon State coaches to win at least 300 in their time wit the Beavers. The team opened the meet with an perfect 12 hit routines in the first two rotations of bars and vault. The team continued strong finishing the meet hitting 23 of 24 routines on the night. For the first time in more than a month Oregon State returns home to host No. 4 UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. PT, a meet that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Cardinal had the week off to rest from competition. Stanford returns to action this week when they host No. 25 Arizona State on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. PT. The meet will be televised on tape delay on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Bruins keep on dominating and are not slowing down as the season progresses. UCLA tallied another win on the season to remain undefeated. Senior Vanessa Zamarripa is leading the charge winning titles on vault, bars, floor and the all-around and was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the fourth time this season. The Bruins had four gymnasts who recorded either season or career highs during the meet. The Bruins will now face the challenge of competing on the road as they face three consecutive weeks of away meets starting on Saturday, Feb. 16 at No. 13 Oregon State. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks at 7 p.m. PT.
Sophomore Tory Wilson made the Utah crowd of over 14,000 erupt last week as she scored her first career 10.0 on vault. A performance that was featured on ESPN's Top 10 Plays list. Wilson also competed the all-around for the first time in her career and came away with the title. The Utes tallied their highest team total of the season with a 197.050. The Utes return to the competition floor as they travel to No. 23 Washington on Saturday, Feb. 16. A meet that is slated to begin at 7 p.m. PT and will be televised on tape delay on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. PT.
Finishing with their second-best team score of the season Washington finished second at UCLA's Power of Pink meet, beating UC Davis and Sacramento State while falling to host UCLA. After the first rotation the Huskies trailed the Bruins by only .175 with all six bar performers scoring a 9.750 or higher. The team posted their second-best total of the season on both on balance beam (49.025) and floor (48.95). The Huskies return home this week to host No. 6 Utah on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. PT. The meet will be aired on tape delay on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. PT.