Pac-12 women's gymnastics teams prepare for championships
By the Pac-12 Conference
Teams have completed regular season competition and are putting in the final hours in the gym to prepare for the 2013 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships. Utah grabbed the No. 1 seed after finishing with a regional qualifying score just .010 above No. 2 UCLA. Host Oregon State and Stanford rounded out the top four to fill the second session, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PT. No. 5 Arizona leads the first session and is joined by No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 California. Five of the eight Pac-12 teams finished the regular season in the Top 25 in the nation, ranking third among all conferences.
Saturday, March 23
12:30 p.m. PT Doors open to the public
1:30 p.m. PT Session One
No. 5 Arizona
No. 6 Washington
No. 7 Arizona State
No. 8 California
6 p.m. PT Doors open to the public
7 p.m. PT Session Two
No. 1 Utah
No. 2 UCLA
No. 3 Oregon State
No. 4 Stanford
9:40 p.m. PT (approx.) Awards Ceremony
Session 1 Starting Event Session 2
No. 8 California Vault No. 4 Stanford
No. 6 Washington Bars No. 2 UCLA
No. 7 Arizona State Beam No. 3 Oregon State
No. 5 Arizona Floor No. 1 Utah
Hosted by Oregon State
600 Southwets 26th Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Both sessions will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
General Admission: $12
General Admission Students: $8
General Admission: $7
General Admission Students: $5
Host media contact: Jason Amberg, Oregon State SID
Pac-12 contact: Megan Medeiros
Results will be posted to championships.pac-12.com/gymnastics
Please contact Megan Medeiros for more information.
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
The Wildcats ended regular season competition with strength as they posted their highest season total of the year and the highest floor score since 2007, a team total that ranks seventh in the all-time record books. The team swept the bar awards, taking first through third place, and also claimed individual titles on beam and floor.
Peaking at the right moment, the Sun Devils posted a 196.025 last weekend to post a team score above a 196 for the first time since 2009. The team set a new team season high on bars with a 49.225, beating their previous best by almost .300. The team continued on floor to contribute five scores of 9.800 or higher.
Many times in gymnastics, fans can't look at if a team just won or lost, and this past weekend proved that for the Golden Bears. Although on paper it says the team lost, California posted the second highest score in program history with a 196.525. The team posted the third highest vault team score of a 49.30 in program history and set or matched a total of 12 season or career bests.
The Bruins matched their season-high team total of a 197.425 to finish out regular season competition The team was led by senior Vanessa Zamarripa when she posted a 10.0 on vault. The team held the lead throughout the entire meet and did not stumble when the lead-off competitor on floor fell and the victory was in limbo.
The Utes posted their third-highest score in the school history and upset then-No. 2 Florida 198.125-197.875. The team scored season highs on three of four events and were led by Georgia Dabritz with a perfect 10.0 on bars. Utah claimed the NCAA all-sports season attendance title for women, averaging 14,349 fans to its meets this year.
Washington had a solid finish to the regular season with the team posting the highest team score since 2005 and with nearly every competitor posting a season or career high. The Huskies tallied new season highs on vault, bars and floor as a team as well. In the individual standings, the Huskies claimed first place on three of the four events as well as all-around. They swept the vault and bar placings.