This week in Pac-12 gymnastics

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SAN FRANCISCO--As a competitive season of Pac-12 gymnastics continues, four teams sit at 3-1 in conference competition with two regular season conference meets remaining for each Pac-12 team. 

UTAH continues to lead the Pac-12 in team all-around average and team averages for all events besides floor exercise. On the floor, UCLA claims not only the best average in the conference, but in the entire nation . In the national rankings, OREGON STATE’s Dani Dessaints is holding her place in third on the vault, STANFORD’s Elizabeth Price is back in first on the all-around, and UCLA’s Danusia Francis is second in the nation on the beam. Ten Pac-12 gymnasts from five different teams rank within in the top-25 floor performers in the nation this week.

This upcoming weekend, the hot competition in the Pac-12 will continue as another two top-20 match-ups get underway Saturday. No. 5 UTAH will travel to No. 12 STANFORD and No. 14 CALIFORNIA will take on No. 16 OREGON STATE. 

#Complete12: Pac-12 student-athletes are known for their success and competitiveness in athletics, but their community involvement, off-the-field achievements, and academic interests are just as laudable. Pac-12 student-athletes are are able to harness their athletic ability to augment their lives- not define them. They’re impressive, they’re complicated, they’re real, and they’re complete. Here are just some of the great storylines Pac-12 schools are sharing this week:

  • No. 5 UTAH’s Fall 2015 GPA team average was 3.719
  • OREGON STATE junior Silvia Colussi-Pelaez is a chemical engineering major with a 3.96 cumulative GPA
  • UCLA superstar Sophina DeJesus is double-majoring in sociology and theatre
  • OREGON STATE’s Erika Aufiero participated in a Beavers Without Borders trip to the Dominican Republic.

UCLA floor success continues: UCLA is leading the nation on the floor and five UCLA gymnasts rank in the top-25 in floor score nationally. Sophina DeJesus, Hallie Mossett, and Angi Cipra are all tied for 8th in the nation in floor average, with Sadiqua Bynum coming in at 14th and Madison Preston ranked No. 25.

Price back on top: After a season-high all-around score of 39.650, Elizabeth Price is once again the top-ranked all-arounder in the nation, with an average of 39.545.

High marks from top to bottom: Of the four teams that lost this past week, three of them still scored a 196.000 or better. Only the top 11 teams in the nation are averaging above a 196.000.

Arizona’s tough schedule: No. 20 ARIZONA has been through the gauntlet the last four weeks, facing No. 7 UCLA, No. 5 Utah, No. 14 California, and No. 12 Stanford over the past four consecutive weeks. Despite losing all four meets head to head, Arizona remains in the national top-20 in all-around average, proving the strength of the conference.

Upcoming Schedule:

Sat., Feb 20
#5 UTAH at #12 STANFORD                             P12N, BA, M      2 p.m. PT
#14 CALIFORNIA at #16 OREGON STATE      P12O                  2 p.m. PT

Sun., Feb. 21
#7 UCLA at WASHINGTON                                P12N, W, LA     1 p.m. PT

Mon., Feb. 22
#20 ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE                    P12N,  A            6 p.m. PT

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