Six Pac-12 women's gymnastics teams remain in top-25
Starting this week, the Top 25. national rankings will be based on the regional qualifying score. Last week in the Pac-12, ARIZONA STATE pulled the upset over rival and No. 20-ranked ARIZONA in Tempe and No 5 UTAH stayed at home to defeat No. 11 OREGON STATE. No. 9 UCLA hosted No. 10 STANFORD and emerged victorious, 196.900-196.250. No. 19 CALIFORNIA placed first in a meet againsT WASHINGTON and Sacramento State scoring 196.425. In a Pac-12 Networks televised matchup, Utah will take on at home on Fri., Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. MT. Also on Pac-12 Networks, CALIFORNIA will visit STANFORD on Mon., Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. PT. Weekly Pac-12 honors include Gymnast of the Week Kristina Vaculik of Stanford, Specialist of the Week Samantha Peszek of UCLA, and Freshman of the Week Nicolette McNair of Stanford.
The Wildcats fell to rival Arizona State 195.350-196.125 in their annual Territorial Cup rivalry. Arizona started off on bars and earned a 49.550 to end the first rotation. Freshman Selynna Felix-Terrazas led the Wildcats on the event with a 9.80 tying her season-best. Vault was led by Shelby Edwards with a 9.850 who earned a second place tie.
Up Next: Arizona will host UCLA on Sat., Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. MT.
The Sun Devils defeated rival Arizona at home, 196.125-195.350. ASU opened up with five vaulters scoring above 9.80. Sophomore Carissa Kraus (9.850) and junior Natasha Sundby (9.875) led the way for the Sun Devils to help them score a season-high 49.125. ASU saw another season high score of 49.150 on bars with sophomore Kristine Levin and freshman Beka Conrad earning career-highs of 9.825 on the event. Allie Flores took the all-around title with a score of 39.100.
Up Next: Arizona State takes on No. 14 Oregon State and No. 7 Nebraska in Corvallis on Sat., Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. PT.
The Golden Bears put together a strong performance to sweep every event title and beat Washington and Sacramento State. California scored 196.425, Washington finished with 195.000 and Sac State took third with 193.425. Cal started on vault with senior Alicia Austurias and sophomore Serena Leong tying with a Sac State gymnast for the event title. Leong also took first on floor (9.90) beam (9.90), leading the Golden Bears to their season-best total on beam (49.175). Alicia Austurias took first in the all-around in a field of seven competitors.
Up Next: No. 19 California will make the shirt trip to Stanford to face off against the Cardinal on Mon., Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. PT.
Oregon State scored its highest road score of the season but fell to Utah 196.450-197.575. Oregon State opened up with three career-highs in the opening rotation. Madeline Gardiner led off the meet on bars for the Beavers with a personal-best 9.775 and Hannah Casey posted a career-high 9.90. The Beavers scored a season high 49.275 on the vault accompanied by two season-high performances from Chelsea Tang (9.825) and Brittany Harris (9.875).
Up Next: No. 14 Oregon State will return home for the final time in 2014 to host Arizona State on Sat., Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. PT.
The Cardinal performed well on the road but fell to UCLA, 196.250-196.900. Opening up on bars, the Cardinal recorded four scores of 9.80 or higher with Samantha Shapiro and Kristina Vaculik scoring 9.825 to tie for the individual title. Stanford put forth a season-best performance on vault to finish with a score of 49.350, claiming four of the top six spots. Vaculik and Taylor Rice lead the way with scores of 9.90 to finish tied for third.
Up Next: No. 10 Stanford will take an extended break before hosting No. 21 California on Mon., Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. PT. Be sure to tune into Pac-12 Networks to catch the action.
UCLA saw spectacular performances from gymnasts on floor and beam to defeat Stanford in Los Angeles, 196.900-196.250. On beam, the Bruins scored a season high 49.525. Hallie Mossett started the team off on beam with a career-high-tying 9.875 with Sophina Dejesus following with another career-high –tying mark of 9.90. Olivia Courtney scored 9.875, and Samantha Peszek performed well scoring 9.95. UCLA finished the meet strong on floor with senior Sydney Sawa scoring her first career perfect 10. This is the second perfect score that the Pac-12 has seen so far this season.
Up Next: No. 9 UCLA travel to Tucson to take on the No. 20 ranked Wildcats on Sat., Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. MT.
Utah defeated Oregon State at home 197.575-196.450 to improve their record to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-12. Georgia Dabritz scored a season-high 9.875 on her second beam routine on the year. Her big score on the event helped Dabritz take the all-around title with 39.625 for her first all-around win of the year and fourth of her career. Tory Wilson placed second with 39.500. Utah was able to win every event title with Kalah Delaney and Wilson tying for first on vault (9.95), Mary Beth Lofgren winning beam (9.925) and Nansy Diamanova took the title on floor (9.90).
Up Next: Make sure you tune into Pac-12 Networks as No. 5 Utah hosts Washington in Salt Lake City on Fri., Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. MT.
Washington scored 195.000 to finish second in a meet against California and Sacramento State. The Huskies lost to the Golden Bears who scored a 196.425 with Sacramento State scoring 193.425 for third. Jackie McCartin led the team with a 9.825 on bars to tie for second with senior Aliza Vaccher close behind for third with a score of 9.80. Freshman Janae Janik led the team on beam with a 9.875 to tie for second. The Huskies finished the routine with a 49.00 event total.
Up Next: Washington will travel to Salt Lake City to take on No. 5 on Fri. Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. MT.