Pac-12 announces gymnastics weekly honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 24 - Mar. 3. UCLA’s Olivia Courtney was named the Gymnast of the Week, UCLA’s Samantha Peszek was voted Specialist of the Week, and ARIZONA’s Seylnna Felix-Terrazas was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.
Courtney and the Bruins were able to record a UCLA season-high 197.5 in a win at Arizona. Senior Olivia Courtney won the all-around for the second straight meet, scoring a season-best 39.5. Courtney tied for first on vault with teammate Samantha Peszek and tied for second on floor. Her efforts on the floor routine helped lead the Bruins to the teams season-high 49.5. Additionally, Courtney tied for fourth on beam (9.85) and seventh on bars (9.825).
Senior Samantha Peszek scored 9.90 on all three events in which she competed to share the title on vault and bars and placing second on beam. The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted scores to help UCLA earn a season-high 197.5 on the road to take down Arizona. She is tied at 15th in the nation on bars with a season average is 9.90 on bars. So far this season Peszek has racked up nine 9.9 scores and nine individual victories over 14 routines.
Arizona freshman Selynna Felix-Terrazas has made big impact for the Wildcats in a season filled with injury with the upperclassmen. Felix-Terrazas, a Tuscon, Ariz., native, has been contributing all season long with numbers counting scored to team totals. This past meet, she scored a career and season-best 9.90 on bars to take first place against the Bruins.
This week marks UCLA’s third Gymnast of the Week honor on the 2014 season with two of those honors going to Olivia Courtney. This is Samantha Peszek’s second consecutive Specialist of the Week honor and accounts for all three of UCLA’s honors in this category for the 2014 season. This is Seylnna Felix-Terrazas’s first Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor and Arizona’s first weekly honor of the year.
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 second year for Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.
Be sure to tune into Pac-12 Networks this week to watch No. 15 Oregon State travel to Tucson to take on No. 18 Arizona this Sunday Mar. 9 at 12 p.m. PT.
For more information including a complete television schedule please visit www.pac-12.com.
2014 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners
Jan. 7 Alicia Asturias, CAL Amanda Spinner, STAN Charlie Owens, CAL
Jan. 14 Olivia Courtney, UCLA Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Angi Cipra, UCLA
Jan. 21 Kristina Vaculik, STAN Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Rachel Daum, STAN
Jan. 28 Chelsea Tang, OSU Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Charlie Owens, CAL
Feb. 4 Tory Wilson, UTAH Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Hallie Mossett, UCLA
Feb. 11 Tory Wilson, UTAH Samantha Peszek, UCLA Hallie Mossett, UCLA
Feb. 18 Sydney Sawa, UCLA Madeline Gardiner, OSU Jessica Howe, CAL
Feb. 25 Kristina Vaculik, STAN Samantha Peszek, UCLA Nicolette McNair, STAN