Pac-12 gymnastics emerges dominant in this weeks polls

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A major milestone was reached as No. 4 UTAH head coach Greg Marsden became the first 1,000-win coach in Utah Gymnastics history. Coach Marsden is in his 39th year with the program and now has a winning percentage of .829. The Pac-12 was well represented in this week’s poll as it once again landed all eight teams in the national Top 25. UTAH maintained its position at No. 4 with UCLA coming in at No. 9. STANFORD is  No. 12 with ARIZONA and OREGON STATE following in the No. 13 and No. 16 spots. ARIZONA STATE is next at No. 20 with CALIFORNIA at No. 22 and WASHINGTON following at No. 24. Weekly Pac-12 honors include Gymnast of the Week Tory Wilson of UTAH, four-time consecutive Specialist of the Week Georgia Dabritz of UTAH, and Freshman of the Week Hallie Mossett of UCLA. This week all eight gymnastics teams will once again face off against fellow members of the Pac-12. Be sure to tune into Pac-12 Networks this week to watch No. 4 Utah host the No. 13 Wildcats in Salt Lake City this Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. MT. No. 20 Arizona State will also be on Pac-12 Networks as they hit the road to visit No. 9 UCLA Saturday, Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m. PT.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Fri., Feb. 7
#13 ARIZONA at #4 UTAH 7 p.m. MT
 
Sat., Feb. 8
#20 ARIZONA STATE at #9 UCLA 12:30 p.m. PT
#12 STANFORD at #24 WASHINGTON 4 p.m. PT
#22 CALIFORNIA at #16 OREGON STATE 6: p.m. PT
*All times listed local to site.
 
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
 
ARIZONA
The Wildcats defeated the Washington Huskies at home, 196.500-195.175. Sophomore Shelby Edwards led the charge in the vault, claiming the title with a 9.875. Scoring 9.875, junior Shay Fox tied for first and helped Arizona score a beam total of 49.150, their highest of the season thus far. Also claiming titles for Arizona, Kristen Klarenbach and Allie Flores tie for first on floor, receiving scored of 9.90.
 
Up Next: No. 13 Arizona will visit Salt Lake City to face No. 4 Utah on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. MT. on Pac-12 Networks.  
 
ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State was without two of its most valuable competitiors as they fell to Utah at home, 197.200-194.900.  Natasha Sundby topped the scoresheet on vault and floor with a 9.825 and 9,.875, respectively. Freshman Beka Conrad made her debut in the all four events to become the first all-around competitor for Arizona State this season. She finished second overall with a score of 38.925. 
 
Up Next: No. 20 Arizona State travels to Los Angeles to take on No. 9 UCLA Sat. Feb. 8 at 12:30 PT on Pac-12 Networks.
 
CALIFORNIA
California’s Golden Bears fought hard and tallied scores of 49.0 or higher in two events but fell short in a loss to UCLA at home, 196.575-195.550. California took titles on bars and beams and had finishers among the top 3 in all four events. Serena Leong matched her career-high on floor with 9.90 to help the Golden Bears collectively score 48.575. Senior Alicia Austurias earned a season-high 9.850 on floor, tied for first on bars with a 9.90 and finished second in the all around with 39.350
 
Up Next: No. 22 California will travel to Corvallis to take on No. 16 Oregon State on Sat., Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. PT.
 
OREGON STATE
Oregon State emerged victorious in a 197.100-195.750 win at home vs Stanford in its annual Pink Out meet. The Beavers topped the 49-point mark in all four events and for the firs time this season, exceeded 197.000. Chelsea Tang performed well as she established a career-high of 9.925 on beam and went on to win the all-around with a score of 39.350. Brittany Harris and Erika Aufiero both scored 9.925 on bars to tie for first and Kelsi Blalock saw a career-best 9.95 on floor for the title.
 
Up Next: No. 16 Oregon State hosts No. 22 California on Sat., Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. PT.
 
STANFORD
Stanford suffered their first loss of the season to Oregon State 197.100-195.750. Stanford struggled early on bars, with two missed routines to give Oregon State the lead after the first rotation. Niccolette McNair and Kristina Caculik led the way for the Cardinal both scoring 9.875. McNair and Vaculik both went on to tie for first in the vault with 9.90. Going into the final rotation down 147.625-146.550, the Cardinal rallied and notched five scores of 9.775 or higher, but this was not quite enough to catch up to the Beavers. 
 
Up Next: No. 12 Stanford hit the road to face No. 24 Washington on Sat., Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. PT
 
UCLA
UCLA hit the road this week in a matchup against California after a loss against No. 4 Utah. The Bruinsdefeated the Golden Bears 196.575-195.550 as they clinched the meet in the final rotation. The Bruins started off the meet strong with a season-best 49.3 on uneven bars and carried momentum over to the vault with a 49.15. Sydney Sawa scored a meet-high 9.925 on floor and Angi Cipra contributed a 9.90 to keep the Bruins ahead despite two out of bound penalties. In the final rotation, senior Olivia Courtney earned a season high 9.875 on beam and won the all-around with a score of 39.425. 
 
Up Next: No. 9 UCLA will return home to take on the No. 22 Sun Devils Sat. Feb. 8 at 12:30 PT on Pac-12 Networks.
 
UTAH
The 197.200-194.900 win over Arizona State allowed head coach Greg Marsden to reach a major milestone, as he became the first 1,000-win coach in Utah gymnastics history. The Utes are now 6-0 on the season for the first time since their NCAA runner-up season in 2008. Junior Georgia Dabritz remains unbeaten on uneven bars with a 9.925 and also won the floor exercise with a 9.95. Kailah Delaney finished just ahead teammate Tory Wilson to take the vault title.  Wilson would go on to with her third all-around of the year with a 39.45. Utah also scored a season high 49.275 on beam after counting a fall in two of the first three meets.
Up Next: Watch No. 4 Utah stay at home to host No. 13 Arizona on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. MT. on Pac-12 Networks. 
 
WASHINGTON
The Huskies traveled to Tucson and put up a season-best team total of 195.175 against the Wildcats. Washington’s fell short as the Wildcats rallied to win the meet, 196.500-195.175.  On the floor routine, both junior Madison Podlucky and freshman Alexandra Yacalis set new career highs of 9.825 and 9.850 respectively. Sophomore Allison Northey also performed well for the Washington Huskies, taking the all-around title with a 39.050 and scoring 9.725 or higher on all four events. 
Up Next: Watch No. 24 Huskies host No. 12 Stanford on Sat., Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. PT
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