Stambaugh, Pritchett and Hughes earn weekly gymnastics honors

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women's gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 4-10. OREGON STATE's Makayla Stambaugh was named the Gymnast of the Week, UCLA's Alyssa Pritchett was voted Specialist of the Week, and UTAH's Breanna Hughes was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the week.

Stambaugh helped lead then-No. 10 Oregon State to a season-high score tallying a 197.275 en route to winning the Comfort Suites Invitational. Stambaugh earned three individual titles for the fifth week in a row. She claimed the all-around title with a new career-high of 39.600. She tallied a career-high on vault with a 9.925 which was good enough for second place. The senior scored another pair of 9.925's on bars and beam each claiming first place, with her floor score tallying another career-high. She rounded out her competition with a 9.825 on beam to tie for fourth overall. Stambaugh's all-around score ties for the ninth best score in OSU history.

Senior Alyssa Pritchett helped UCLA to a second place finish last weekend with a team score of 197.075. Pritchett scored a career-high 9.95 on floor to tie for first place with Michigan's Joanna Sampson, who ranks No. 1 in the nation on the event. This was Pritchett's first floor win of the season and her first ever 9.95 score. She averages a team-best 9.889 on floor and has not scored lower than a 9.85 all season. She currently ranks No. 16 in the nation on the event.

Hughes stood up to the challenge in a road meet at then-No. 8 Georgia to go 2-for-2 on the night. The freshman scored a 9.8 on bars and tallied a season and career-high on beam with a 9.875. Her score on beam was good for second place overall. She has now gone 18-for-18 in routines this season without a fall.

This is Stambaugh's seventh career Gymnast of the Week honor and fourth in a row this season. She's the first gymnast to earn the honor four times in a row in one season. It is Oregon State's 23rd all-time honor. This is Pritchett's first Specialist of the Week honor and UCLA's 23rd overall. It is Hughes' first Freshman/Newcomer of the week honor and the first time for Utah.

Gymnast of the Week has been selected every week of the season since 2001. The Specialist of the Week award was added in 2008. It is the first year for Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

UCLA hosts non-conference opponent Arkansas on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. PT. Utah hosts SEC rival Florida on  Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. MT, the meet will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks. Oregon State has the week off to prepare to host the 2013 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, March 23.

For more information including a complete television schedule please visit www.pac-12.com.

Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week: Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Alicia Asturias, CAL; Ashley Morgan, STAN; Olivia Courtney, UCLA.

Special Performance of the Week: Kristin Klarenbach, ARIZ; Jordan Widener, CAL; Melanie Jones, OSU; Nicole Dayton, STAN; Alyssa Pritchett, UCLA, Tory Wilson, UTAH, Megan Whitney, WASH.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Shelby Edwards, ARIZ; Serena Leong, CAL; Hailey Gaspar, OSU; Taylor Rice, STAN, Danusia Francis, UCLA.

2013 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners
  Gymnast Specialist Freshman/Newcomer
Jan. 8 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA Nicole Dayton, STAN Sophina DeJesus, UCLA
Jan. 15 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA Olivia Courtney, UCLA Hailey Gaspar, OSU
Jan. 22 Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Tory Wilson, UTAH Shelby Edwards, ARIZ
Jan. 29 Ashley Morgan, STAN Natasha Sundby, ASU Sophina DeJesus, UCLA
Feb. 5 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA Tory Wilson, UTAH Danusia Francis, UCLA
Feb. 12 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Jessie Sisler, ARIZ
Feb. 19 Makayla Stambaugh, OSU Tory Wilson, UTAH Allison Northey, WASH
Feb. 26 Makayla Stambaugh, OSU Lia Del Priore, UTAH Allison Northey, WASH
March 5 Makayla Stambaugh, OSU Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA Shelby Edwards, ARIZ
March 12 Makayla Stambaugh, OSU Alyssa Pritchett, UCLA Breanna Hughes, UTAH

 

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