This week in Pac-12 gymnastics
For the third week in a row, seven of eight Pac-12 gymnastics squads are ranked in the Top 25 nationally. # 4 UTAH remains undefeated and will host ARIZONA STATE this weekend as the program celebrates 40 years of Utah Gymnastics.
UTAH’s Georgia Dabritz and UCLA’s Samantha Peszek are ranked #1 and #2 respectively in the national all-around rankings. This is Dabritz’s third week at #1. Dabritz, Peszek, and CALIFORNIA’s Toni-Ann Williams all rank in the top ten nationally in two events. Eight different Pac-12 gymnasts are ranked in the top ten nationally in at least one event.
Pac-12 teams dominating on the beam: In this week’s national beam rankings, Pac-12 squads occupied four of the top ten spots with UTAH at #4, STANFORD at #6, OREGON STATE at #7, and UCLA at #10. In individual beam rankings, Pac-12 gymnasts claimed half of the top ten spots led by UCLA’s Samantha Peszek who leads the nation with a beam average of 9.917. Four other Pac-12 gymnasts are in the top ten on the beam: STANFORD’s Ivana Hong at #4, OREGON STATE’s Chelsea Tang at #5, and STANFORD’s Kristina Vaculik and UTAH’s Kari Lee tied at #6.
Pac-12 freshmen making a splash nationally: CALIFORNIA’s Toni-Ann Williams is ranked in the top ten nationally in two different events this week: coming it at #9 on the vault and #7 on the floor. STANFORD’s Elizabeth Price is ranked at #4 nationally on the vault and UTAH’s Kari Lee is ranked at #6 nationally on the beam.
Utes on a roll: #4 UTAH is undefeated at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 action after a win at #18 ARIZONA. The Utes are ranked in the top ten nationally in all events: #5 on vault, #4 on bars, #4 on beam, and #6 on the floor. This weekend, at the Utes home meet against ARIZONA STATE, the program will celebrate the 40th year of Utah Gymnastics with 70 former Ute gymnasts in attendance. Speaking of attendance, Utah is averaging 14,564 fans per meet this season, up from the 14,376 record set for highest average season attendance by the Utes in 2014.
UPCOMING PAC-12 GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE
(all on Pac-12 Networks)
Fri., Feb. 6
ARIZONA STATE at #4 UTAH 5 p.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 7
#10 OREGON STATE at #18 ARIZONA 2 p.m. PT
Sun., Feb. 8
#13 STANFORD at #20 CALIFORNIA 10 a.m. PT
Mon., Feb. 9
#17 WASHINGTON at #11 UCLA 6 p.m. PT