2017 Pac-12 gymnastics season gets underway

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SAN FRANISCO-- The 2017 season begins on Friday, Jan. 6 with three squads in action. No. 13 OREGON STATE travels to No. 8 Auburn and ARIZONA STATE travels to Iowa State. Meanwhile, No. 18 ARIZONA will start the season by hosting Utah State and Texas Women's University.  

Pac-12 gymnastics teams are taking on top non-conference foes in the opening weekend of competition. Conference teams will face No. 8 Auburn (vs. No. 13 OREGON STATE), No. 17 Arkansas (at No. 4 UCLA), and No. 7 Michigan (at No. 6 UTAH).

Gymnastics on Pac-12 Networks also debuts this weekend with both UCLA and UTAH’s season-opening meets broadcast on the Networks. UTAH’s meet with Michigan will be broadcast on Pac-12 Mountain on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT while UCLA’s opener against Arkansas is broadcast simultaneously on Pac-12 Los Angeles. Pac-12 Networks will air 30 women’s gymnastics meets in 2017, including the conference championships.

UCLA, UTAH, CALIFORNIA, and STANFORD all made NCAA appearances in 2016 and are all set to make deep postseason runs in 2017. The Pac-12’s four NCAA teams from 2016 are ranked No. 4, 6, 10, and 11 respectively this preseason. 

Pac-12 gymnastics squads are always home to Olympic-level talent. UCLA freshman Madison Kocian was a member of the gold medal 2016 USA Olympic Team and UTAH freshman MyKayla Skinner served as the alternate for the team. UCLA’s Kyla Ross was a gold medalist on the USA's 2012 team and CALIFORNIA junior Toni-Ann Williams represented her home nation of Jamaica in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Gymnasts come from all over the world to compete in the Pac-12. This year’s rosters include 14 international student-athletes from four different countries: Canada (9), Australia (3), Ecuador (1), and Jamaica (1). 

UTAH has now sold more than 8,600 season tickets for the 2017 gymnastics season, selling season seats in the upper deck for the first time in school history. A huge crowd is expected this Saturday; the last time UTAH hosted Michigan, the teams competed before 16,109 people, the largest crowd in NCAA gymnastics history.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE 

Friday, Jan. 6 TV/Stream Time
ARIZONA STATE at Iowa State  Cyclones.TV 4:30 p.m. PT
No. 13 OREGON STATE at No. 8 Auburn   5 p.m. PT
Texas Women's, Utah State at No. 18 ARIZONA   6 p.m. PT
Saturday, Jan. 7    
No. 17 Arkansas at No. 4 UCLA  Pac-12 LA 4 p.m. PT
No. 7 Michigan at No. 6 UTAH  Pac-12 Mtn. 4 p.m. PT
Monday, Jan. 9    
Nor Cal Classic: No. 11 STANFORD, UC Davis, Sacramento State, and San Jose State at No.10 CALIFORNIA   7 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS 

Teams RQS Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona   0-0 0-0
Arizona State   0-0 0-0
California   0-0 0-0
Oregon State   0-0 0-0
Stanford   0-0 0-0
UCLA   0-0 0-0
Utah   0-0 0-0
Washington   0-0 0-0

IN THE PRESEASON

Pac-12 Preseason Poll | Road to Nationals Preseason Poll


GYMNASTICS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS

Pac-12 Networks, now in its fifth season of unprecedented coverage of Pac-12 sports, will air 30 women’s gymnastics meets in 2017. All eight Pac-12 schools will appear on the Networks at least six times: Arizona (7), Arizona State (7), California (8), Oregon State (7), Stanford (6), UCLA (9), Utah (7) and Washington (7). Both sessions of the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be televised live nationally on Pac-12 Network on Saturday, Mar. 18 at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, California. 

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