Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

San Francisco – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 17 – Feb. 23. UCLA’s Samantha Peszek was named the Gymnast of the Week, UTAH’s Georgia Dabritz was voted Specialist of the Week, and UCLA’s Christine Peng-Peng Lee was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

UCLA redshirt senior Samantha Peszek earned gymnast of the week honors for the second time this season after her performance in the No. 10 Bruins’ first-place win in their quad meet with No. 8 Nebraska, Sacramento State, and Bridgeport on Feb. 21. Peszek tied for second place on three events, scoring 9.9s on vault and bars and a career-high-tying 9.95 on beam. She also added a 9.875 on her first floor routine in a month, tying for 5th place. Peszek’s all-around win was her third in as many attempts, and she is averaging 39.6 in the all-around. 

UTAH senior Georgia Dabritz earned Special Performance of the Week honors for her performance on bars and vault in the No. 4 Utes’ victory over No. 11 STANFORD. Dabritz scored a perfect 10.0 on bars for the second time this season, to mark her fourth career 10.0 on the bars. Dabritz placed second on vault with a 9.95 to help Utah to its best vault score of the year, and also scored a 9.85 on floor. She is ranked No. 1 nationally on vault and bars and ranked No. 5 nationally on the floor.

UCLA redshirt sophomore Christine Peng-Peng Lee, who missed competition the last two seasons due to injuries, earned Newcomer of the Week honors this week. Lee won both events in which she competed, scoring a career-high-tying 9.95 on the bars and a career-high 9.975 on the beam. Lee’s beam score helped the Bruins earn a season-high 49.525 team score on the beam.

A 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 third year for Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

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Also Nominated: 
Gymnast of the Week: 

Allison Northey, WASH; Allison Flores, ARIZ; Tory Wilson, UTAH; Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Taylor Rice, STAN

Special Performance of the Week: 
Samantha Shapiro, STAN; Desiree Palomares, CAL; Emily Liddle, WASH; Victoria Ortiz, ARIZ; Taylor Keeker, OSU; Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: 
Elizabeth Price, STAN; Toni-Ann Williams, CAL; Kari Lee, UTAH; Victoria Ortiz, ARIZ; Hailey Burleson, WASH

2015 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners:
                        Gymnast                              Specialist                          Freshman/Newcomer
Jan. 12            Tory Wilson, UTAH              Jessie Sisler, ARIZ           Elizabeth Price, STAN
Jan. 19            Georgia Dabritz, UTAH        Ivana Hong, STAN            Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Jan. 27            Samantha Peszek, UCLA    Corrie Lothrop, UTAH       Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 2              Georgia Dabritz, UTAH        Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA     Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 9              Georgia Dabritz, UTAH        Tory Wilson, UTAH           Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 16           Toni-Ann Williams, CAL        Taylor Rice, STAN            Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 23           Samantha Peszek, UCLA      Georgia Dabritz, UTAH    Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA

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