Upsets and surprises in week seven
By the Pac-12 Conference
After exciting and surprising competition in the Pac-12, last week teams are back at it again. No. 11 OREGON STATE handed No. 5 UCLA their first loss of the season last week, while No. 22 WASHINGTON pulled out an amazing performance to tie No. 7 UTAH. Competition kicks off this week on Friday, Feb. 22 with No. 15 ARIZONA traveling to the Beavers stomping grounds in a tri-meet with Seattle Pacific. The Bruins face outside competition in a Top 5 matchup this week as they head to No. 2 Oklahoma. ARIZONA STATE hosts the Huskies for the third meet on Friday. Saturday boasts two of the Pac-12's top teams as No. 7 Utah hosts No. 10 STANFORD at 8 p.m. MT for a meet that will be televised live on the Pac-12 networks. With the Pac-12 Championships just four weeks away on March 23, Pac-12 Networks announced that both sessions of the championships will be televised live from Corvallis, Ore. The first session of the championships begins at 1:30 p.m. PT with the second session slated to begin at 7 p.m. PT.
Fri., Feb. 22
#15 Arizona at #11 Oregon State 7 p.m. PT
With Seattle Pacific
#5 UCLA at #2 Oklahoma 7 p.m. CT
Washington at Arizona State 7 p.m. MT
Sat., Feb. 23
#10 Stanford at #7 Utah 8 p.m. MT Live on the Pac-12 Networks
*All times listed local to site.
Fri., Feb. 15
#25 Arizona State at #10 Stanford STAN; 197.275-195.250
#6 Utah at #23 Washington TIED; 195.975-195.975
Sat., Feb. 16
#8 Nebraska at #14 Arizona NEB; 195.625-195.400
#4 UCLA at #13 Oregon State OSU; 196.725-196.075
Mon., Feb. 18
Brown and San Jose at California CAL 1st; 195.925
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
Despite being able to win two of the four events the Wildcats fell to then-No. 8 Nebraska, losing by just .225. The team had to overcome adversity with two main competitors out of the lineup. Arizona claimed both vault (48.975) and floor (49.275), but had minor difficulties on beam and bars that set them too far behind Nebraska to overcome despite winning floor by three tenths. The Wildcats are back at it with Pac-12 competition this week as they travel to Corvallis, Ore. to face No. 11 Oregon State on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. PT.
The Sun Devils fell to Stanford, but were able to post a score above 195 for the fourth consecutive meet. Arizona State posted their highest team score on beam of the season totaling a 49.025. Sophomore Natasha Sundby proved her spot as ASU's top vault and floor position as she tied her career high on vault and earned a team high of 9.875 on floor. Freshman Stephanie Miceli made her all-around debut as she was a new addition to the Sun Devils vault lineup. The team returns to action this week when they return home to host No. 22 Washington on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. MT.
The Golden Bear's team motto of, "Get one day better," showed in the tri-meet victory over San Jose State and Brown. California tallied a team season high on both vault and the team total. In addition, four different athletes registered either season or career highs during the meet. The Bears took first place in the individual placings on vault, bars, beam and the all-around. The team will use the momentum to go into a bye week for training before facing No. 10 Stanford on the road on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. PT.
The Beavers accomplished a feat that no other team had done this year as they beat then-No. 4UCLA 196.725-195.075. The team won all four events en route to the victory. Senior Makayla Stambaugh had a career-best night as she was the first gymnast to beat UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa in head-to-head competition in the all-around. The Beavers tallied a new season high on floor with a team total of 49.225. With only one fall on the night Oregon State went 47-for-48 routines in the victory. The Beavers are back in action when they host No. 15 Arizona and Seattle Pacific at the eighth annual Pink Out meet on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. PT.
With a strong team effort the Cardinal posted a season-high team score of 197.275 in the victory over Arizona State. Senior Ashley Morgan had a career-high night claiming the all-around title with a new career-high of 39.350. Morgan posted career highs on floor and beam and a season high on bars. With a team focus of finishing strong the Cardinal did not disappoint with four new career highs on floor. The team also shined on bars claiming the top six spots in the meet. Stanford returns to action on the road this week as they travel to No. 7 Utah on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. MT live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Facing the loss of multiple top scorers due to injury, the Bruins had to fill in lineup spots in their first loss of the season to then-No.13 Oregon State. Senior Lichelle Wong stepped up majorly for the team as she recorded season highs on each apparatus and tied her career high on bars. The Bruins and the Beavers traded one tenth leads in the first two rotations, but a season-low team total on floor was too much to make up for in the end. UCLA rebounds this week with a trip to No. 2 Oklahoma for a dual meet on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m CT.
After a botched first event, the Utes can consider it a blessing that they tied No. 22 Washington. In the 46 meetings between the two schools Utah has never lost to Washington and now has tied them just twice. The Utes struggled on bars in the opening rotation having to count a balk after a fall on a previous routine. The Utes were trailing by .600 after the first rotation. The team picked up the pace and bounced back to even up the differential and were neck-and-neck with the Huskies the rest of the way. Utah hosts No. 10 Stanford this week on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. MT televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
In a rarity in gymnastics, Washington and Utah were set in a tied score at the end of the meet both scoring a 195.975. The Huskies performed one of their best meets of the season posting team season-high scores on vault and beam. The team tie was just the third time in Washington history and was the second time against the Utes, a team Washington has yet to ever beat. The Huskies took the lead after the first rotation, but entered into a tie after the second rotation. Washington heads to Arizona State this week for a meet on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. MT.