Pac-12 gymnastics wraps up regular season
For the ninth week in a row, seven of eight Pac-12 gymnastics squads are ranked in the Top 25 nationally.
Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships Preview: The seeds for the Championships are as follows: 1. UTAH, 2. UCLA, 3. OREGON STATE, 4. STANFORD, 5. ARIZONA, 6. CALIFORNIA, 7. WASHINGTON, and 8. ARIZONA STATE. The Championships will take place at the Huntsman Center on campus at the University of Utah on Saturday, Mar. 21 and tickets are still on sale at utahtickets.com. The two sessions will start at 1 p.m. PT and 6 p.m. PT and will air on Pac-12 Networks.
The #4 ranked Utes will be looking to repeat as Pac-12 Champions and have claimed the No. 1 seed for the third year in a row. This will be the fourth occurrence of the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships and titles have been claimed by three different squads: UCLA in 2012, OREGON STATE in 2013, and UTAH last season.
ARIZONA: The #17 Wildcats closed out the regular season with a home meet against #14 Denver on Saturday. The meet ended in a 196.850-196.850 tie. The team is led by senior Allie Flores, who competed in her last home meet this weekend. Freshman Madison Cindric earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Honors this week. The Wildcats end the regular season with a 6-4-1 overall record and are one of the four teams sitting at 3-3 in Pac-12 competition. ARIZONA came in sixth place in last year’s Pac-12 Championships.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils ended their regular season with a 195.175-191.050 victory over Air Force in Tempe on Senior Night. The Sun Devils end the regular season with an overall record of 2-11, their other victory coming on the first meet of the season over #23 Southern Utah. Seniors competing in their final Pac-12 Championships this weekend are Natasha Sundby, Brianna Gades, and Morgan Steigerwalt. ARIZONA STATE finished seventh in the 2014 Pac-12 Championships.
CALIFORNIA: The #20 Golden Bears ended their regular season by coming in third with a score of 196.125 in a tri-meet with #23 Southern Utah and #15 Boise State. The Bears are led by freshman Toni-Ann Williams who ranks tenth in the nation in the all-around, second on the vault, and fourth on the floor. CALIFORNIA closes the regular season with a 14-5 overall record and a 3-3 record in the Pac-12. Last year, CALIFORNIA came in third place at Pac-12 Championships.
OREGON STATE: The #12 team in the nation ended their season by winning a quad meet with San Jose State, Seattle Pacific, and Lindenwood. Sophomore Madeline Gardiner was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week this week for her all-around score of 39.450. The Beavers finished fifth in the Pac-12 Championships last season.
STANFORD: #13 STANFORD was off this past weekend after finishing their regular season against UCLA. The Cardinal is led by freshman Elizabeth Price, junior Taylor Rice, and redshirt junior Ivana Hong. Price ranks 6th nationally on the vault, Rice ranks 14th nationally in the all-around, and Hong ranks 21st nationally on the bars and 15th nationally on the beam. Last season, STANFORD finished second at Pac-12 Championships, scoring a 197.175.
UCLA: The #7 Bruins closed out their season with a road win over #18 Arkansas this past weekend. UCLA is led by senior Samantha Peszek, who will be competing in her final Pac-12 Championships this weekend. Last season, Peszek claimed the beam title and placed second in the all-around at Pac-12 Championships, helping the Bruins to a fourth place finish. Peszek currently ranks 8th in the nation on vault, 15th on bars, and second on beam. The Bruins ended the season with an 11-1 overall record and a 5-1 record in the Pac-12, the only loss coming to #4 UTAH.
UTAH: The #4 Utes suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend at #9 Georgia. UTAH ended the season with a 6-0 record in Conference competition and earned the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Championships. The Utes will host the Pac-12 Championships after performing before a crowd of 16,109 in the Huntsman Center two weeks ago against Michigan. UTAH senior Tory Wilson is the defending Pac-12 all-around champion, while senior Georgia Dabritz was the 2014 champion on vault, bars and floor. Dabritz was also the 2012 Pac-12 uneven bar champion and senior Corrie Lothrop won the 2012 Pac-12 all-around title. The Utes will be looking to defend their overall Pac-12 title this weekend.
WASHINGTON: The #22 Huskies closed out the regular season with a close loss to UC Davis. The seniors competing in their final Pac-12 Championships this season include McKenzie Fechter, Jackie McCartin, and Madison Podlucky. Junior Allison Northey came in second on the vault at Pac-12 Championships in 2014.
Note on Berkeley Regional: Tickets for the 2015 NCAA Gymnastics Berkeley Regional are now on sale at CalBears.com. The meet will take place on April 4 and feature six teams contending for a berth to the NCAA National Championships.
Upcoming Pac-12 Gymnastics Schedule:
Sat., Mar. 21
Pac-12 Championship Session 1 1 p.m. PT
#17 ARIZONA, # 20 CALIFORNIA, #22 WASHINGTON, ARIZONA STATE
Pac-12 Championship Session 2 6 p.m. PT
#4 UTAH, #7 UCLA, #12 OREGON STATE, #13 STANFORD