Oregon State captures 2013 Pac-12 gymnastics crown

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State claimed the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics championship for this second time in three years, this time in front of a home crowd of 3,022 at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum. The Beavers totaled a team season-high score of 197.850 to capture first place. UCLA came in second with a total of 197.375, while Utah took third with a 197.075.

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Stanford rounded out the top half with a 196.625, while Washington took home fifth with a 195.875. Arizona placed sixth, earning a 195.525, and California (195.075) and Arizona State (193.425) took home seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The standings in session two were close after the first event with each of the teams bringing their best to the floor. UCLA held the top spot with a season-high bar total of 49.450, but led only by .050 as Utah was right behind them with a 49.400. Oregon State coming off of beam held strong after suffering a fall, but was able to toss that score and totaled a 49.275 on the event to tie its season best, while Stanford sat in fourth with a 49.050.

Things started to change up in the second rotation as UCLA had a small struggle on beam and fell to third place (98.375) with Utah moving up to first (98.875) and the Beavers taking second (98.725) after earning a new season event high on floor. Stanford lessened the gap to third place with a 98.300.

Heading into the fourth rotation, the standings stayed the same with the championship in anyone’s reach with only .800 separating all four teams in the second session. The fourth rotation was filled with plenty of excitement as teams battled back and forth with amazing routines. UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa earned the first 10.0 of the night with a perfect vault. As fewer and fewer routines remained, the Beavers saw the title in reach and were able to celebrate with just two routines left in the meet.

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With the perfect 10.0, Zamarripa took home the vault title. There was a five-way tie for second with the score of 9.950 among Oregon State’s Makayla Stambaugh and Kelsi Blalock, Utah’s Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson, and UCLA’s Olivia Courtney.

Stambaugh took home the bars title with a 9.975. There was a three-way tie for second on bars at 9.950 with Zamarripa and Oregon State’s Stephanie McGregor and teammate Brittany Harris.

The beam title was a tie between Stanford’s Amanda Spinner and Zamarripa, each earning a 9.925 with a third-place tie going to Oregon State’s Chelsea Tang and Washington’s Paige Bixler with a pair of 9.90s.

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The floor title was a three-way tie between Oregon State’s Melanie Jones, Stanford’s Ashley Morgan and UCLA's Courtney all tallying a 9.950.

The all-around title went to Zamarripa (39.750) with Stanford’s Ivana Hong (39.575) claiming second and Courtney (39.550) taking third.

In a vote by the Conference coaches, UCLA senior Vanessa Zamarripa was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year. It is the 17th time UCLA has won the honor and the second time Zamarripa has won the Gymnast of the Year, as she earned the honor in 2010. California freshman Serena Leong has been named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, the first time the award has gone to California. Cal head coach Justin Howell was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in his first season as the head coach of the Golden Bears. It is the third time a Cal head coach has been named the Coach of the Year. Stanford’s Amanda Spinner is the Specialist of the Year. The Gymnast of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were started in 1987, the Freshman of the Year was added in 2000 and the Specialist of the Year is new this year.

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Pac-12 Championships Final Results

  1. Oregon State 197.850
  2. UCLA 197.375
  3. Utah 197.075
  4. Stanford 196.625
  5. Washington 195.875
  6. Arizona 195.525
  7. California 195.075
  8. Arizona State 193.425
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