Competition rolls on in Pac-12 gymnastics

By the Pac-12 Conference

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With multiple teams posting season-highs the Pac-12 competition is heating up in the second half of the season. Rankings switched over to the Regional Qualifying Average this week which takes the six best scores, three of which must be on the road, drops the highest score and averages the remaining five. The Pac-12 teams bounced around in the polls but six remain in the top 25. UCLA leads the way at No. 6 with UTAH and OREGON STATE holding down the No. 8 and No. 9 spots, respectively. STANFORD is in the No. 12 spot and ARIZONA is ranked No. 15. WASHINGTON rounds out the rankings for the Pac-12 in the No. 17 place. The Utes and the Bruins both face non conference competition this week on Friday, March 1 with the Bruins facing No. 4 Alabama and Utah facing North Carolina and BYU. The Bay Area with see a tri-meet with California, Oregon State at Stanford on Friday, March 1. Arizona State travels to Arizona on Saturday, March 2 to round out this weeks of competition.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Fri., March 1
California & #9 Oregon State at #12 Stanford 5:30 p.m. PT
#6 UCLA at #4 Alabama 7:30 p.m. CT
#8 Utah at BYU 7 p.m. MT  With North Carolina, On BYUtv

Sat., March 2
Arizona State at #15 Arizona 3 p.m. MT  Live on the Pac-12 Networks

*All times listed local to site.

RECENT RESULTS

Fri., Feb. 22
#15 Arizona at #11 Oregon State OSU: 1st, 196.825
With Seattle Pacific ARIZ; 2nd, 194.900
#5 UCLA at #2 Oklahoma OKLA; 198.375-197.200
Washington at Arizona State WASH; 196.000-195.500

Sat., Feb. 23
#10 Stanford at #7 Utah UTAH; 197.300-197.075  Live on the Pac-12 Networks

PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
ARIZONA
The Wildcats fought in the meet with Oregon State and Seattle Pacific for a second place finish with a team total of 194.900. The team faced troubles in their second rotation on beam as they had two falls on the event and had to count one in the team score. The team rebounded however and pulled it back together for their final two rotations. Arizona is back in action when they return home next week for an in-state rival and conference opponent ARizona State on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m. MT.

ARIZONA STATE
With a new attendance record set the Arizona State Sun Devils swept all four event individual titles but fell short to the Huskies 195.500-196.000. The team recorded a score about a 195 for the fifth straight meet and topped the 49.0 mark on beam for the second meet in a row. The crowd of 3,053 was the largest ever and crushed the previous record of 2,108 set in 2001. The Sun Devils are back in action when the travel to Arizona on March 2 at 3 p.m. MT to compete for the Territorial Cup.

CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears had the week off this past week but will be heading across town to travel to No. 12 Stanford for a tri-meet with Oregon State this week on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. PT.

OREGON STATE
Oregon State came out strong in the eighth annual Pink Out meet as they topped both Arizona and Seattle Pacific with a score of 196.925, a season-high total for the team. The Beavers took the event title on each event and claimed the individual all-around title as well. With six career-highs set in the meet and four season-highs the Beavers had to be proud of their performance but still want to find areas to improve upon. The team hits the road this week as they travel to the Bay Area for a meet with No. 12 Stanford and California on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. PT on The Farm.

STANFORD
Despite a strong showing at Utah the Cardinal fell 197.075-197.300. The team posted season-highs on both vault and beam and tallied over a 197 for the second consecutive meet. With a fall on bars, sophomore Alex Archer stepped up and performed a solid routine to save Stanford from having to count a fall on the apparatus. Stanford competed well in a loud environment like Utah and was able to post season or career highs from seven different gymnasts. The Cardinal returns to action this week for its final home meet as they play host to California and No. 9 Oregon State on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. PT.

UCLA
The Bruins posted their highest team total on the road this season with a 197.200 but fell to Oklahoma as they posted a school record 198.37 total. Senior Vanessa Zamarripa claimed the lone event title of the night as she won bars with a 9.950. The team battled on two events as they had a fall early in the rotation but did not let that affect them and were able to produce five solid routines on each event to avoid having to count a fall. The Bruins will compete in their final road meet of the season as they face No. 4 Alabama on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

UTAH
With a meet that went down to the very ended Utah held on to total their best team score of the season with a 197.300. Junior Lia Del Priore tallied just the third perfect 10.0 in the Pac-12 this season with her perfect floor routine. The Utes continue to excel on floor and vault, while struggling on bars and beam from time to time. Utah stay in-state with a non conference meet against BYU with North Carolina this week on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. MT on BYUtv.

WASHINGTON
With a strong night on the road Washington posted its highest team score on the road and its second highest team score of the season in with 196.00-195.500 victory over Arizona State. The team tallied four career-highs and two season-highs on the night. The Huskies have a bye week next week before heading to Oregon State for a tri-meet with Sacramento State on March 9 at 7 p.m. PT.

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