Two weeks to go in gymnastics regular season
By the Pac-12 Conference
With the regular season winding dow,n Pac-12 scores are on the rise. Pac-12 championships are just three weeks away and teams only have, at most, two meets left before the big meet. With four teams in the top 10 in the national rankings, the Pac-12 Conference is proving to be the elite conference for women's gymnastics this season, once again. ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, UTAH and STANFORD all face non-conference opponents this week as WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE face off and CALIFORNIA travels to UCLA.
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
Arizona put together a strong showing against Arizona State to claim a point in the Territorial Cup. The Wildcats posted seven career-high scores, tying five personal record scores and setting two team event season bests in the 196.500-193.850 victory over the Sun Devils. Arizona is back on Friday, March 9 when they travel to Norman, Okla. to take on the No. 2 team in the nation, Oklahoma, at 7 p.m. CT.
The Sun Devils had a strong event going into the final rotation but the balance beam proved to serve the team some troubles as three of the competitors fell and the Sun Devils had to count two falls and an out-of-bounds landing. The Sun Devils had high moments in the meet as they won bars with a team score of 48.825. With a short break Arizona State is back at it when they travel to Colorado to face Denver and Illinois State in a non conference tri-meet on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. MT.
Despite placing third in a tri-meet with then-No. 12 Stanford and Oregon State, the Golden Bears saw major improvements from the team. Individuals posted seven career highs and saw two gymnasts return to the all-around lineup. The team had solid performances on all four events on the night. Cal returns to action in a road meet at No. 6 UCLA on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. PT.
The Beavers posted their first team score over a 197 in their second-place finish last weekend at Stanford. Oregon State had a stellar meet, setting new or tying season-high team scores on vault, bars, floor and the team total. With 10 career highs set in the meet, the Beavers fought hard and only lost to the Cardinal by .025. The Beavers return home this week for the Comfort Suites Invitational with Washington and Sacramento State on Saturday, March 9.
Despite only winning one event as a team, Stanford was victorious, snapping a four-meet losing streak. The Cardinal had team highs on both floor and bars for the meet. The senior duo of Nicole Dayton and Ashley Morgan stepped up for a strong performance on senior night. Stanford trailed going into the last rotation, but strong routines from each of the gymnasts secured the victory. The Cardinal returns to action with a trip to Oklahoma to also compete against North Carolina on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. CT.
The Bruins led halfway through the meet at Alabama but were unable at hold on as they fell 197.075-196.375. With unlikely stumbles on floor, the team had to overcome a low floor total. The team held strong on beam but were not able to bounce back due to a strong floor performance from Alabama. The Bruins finally return home with a meet on Sunday, March 10 vs, Michigan, California and Iowa State with a start time of 2 p.m. PT.
The Utes posted their highest team score on the road this season in the victory over Brigham Young and North Carolina State. The Utes posted a 197.125. With a strong finish on bars and an amazing vault performance, the Utes started strong and never looked back. The team closes out its regular season on the road first with a meet against Georgia on Saturday, March 9.
The Huskies had a bye week this past week but will head to Oregon State for a tri-meet with Sacramento State on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. PT.