Led by powerful freshmen, #Pac12Gym teams continue to shine

SAN FRANCISCO-- The 2017 Pac-12 gymnastics season continues to be dominated by the conference's standout freshmen. UTAH freshman MyKayla Skinner is ranked second in the nation in the all-around and ranks 7th on the vault, 18th on the bars, tenth on the beam, and fourth on the floor. She has also been named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week five times this season, and Freshman of the Week three times. UCLA freshman and gold medalist Madison Kocian is now ranked 11th in the nation in the all-around and ranks 21st on the vault, 22nd on bars, 22nd on beam, and seventh on floor. Kocian has been named Gymnast of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice this season. Fellow UCLA freshman and fellow gold medalist Kyla Ross is ranked ninth in the nation on the vault, second in the nation on bars, and tenth in the nation on beam. She has scored three perfect 10.0s so far this season -- the first Bruin to score three perfect 10.0s in a season since 2005-- and has been named Specialist of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice. Only once so far this season has the Gymnast of the Week not been a freshman. 

UTAH won the battle of Pac-12 heavyweights over UCLA in Salt Lake City in front of 15,558 fans and a national ESPNU audience. The Red Rocks took the win with a 197.875 team score and a 39.675 all-around win from MyKayla Skinner.

UCLA has scored five of the nation's 15 perfect 10.0s so far this season, the most of any school in the nation. Those five perfect scores have been scored by three different gymnasts: Kyla Ross, Madison Kocian, and Christine Peng-Peng Lee. No other school has had more than two gymnasts score a perfect 10.0 this season. Five perfect bars scores have been awarded, and four of those have gone to these three UCLA standouts -- one each for Lee and Kocian, and two for Ross. After a weekend that included two perfect 10.0s in and of itself, Ross now has three total on the season, second in the nation only to No. 1 Oklahoma's Maggie Nichols who has four. 

No. 18 WASHINGTON's 197.175 team score against ARIZONA last weekend marked the first time the Huskies have scored above a 197 since 2004. The score is now in eighth place in all-time program history. 

This week, No. 18 WASHINGTON and No. 19 CALIFORNIA hit the road for some mid-season non-conference action. WASHINGTON will take on No. 11 Kentucky, No. 23 Illinois, and Northern Illinois on Friday and CALIFORNIA will travel to Lincoln to take on No. 15 Nebraska, No. 20 Utah State, and Southeast Missouri. 

Injuries have plagued many in the Pac-12 this season, including STANFORD star Elizabeth Price. Fortunately, Price returned to the bars lineup last week after missing the previous week's meet due to injury; she won the event with a 9.950. CALIFORNIA has suffered several injuries including a dislocated knee for newcomer Cassidy Keelen, a torn Achilles for Olympian Toni-Ann Williams, and a second torn ACL for Dana Ho. This season, UTAH has also lost sophomore All-American and 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Sabrina Schwab to a knee injury and freshman Kim Tessen to an ankle injury.

Pac-12 Networks will debut a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring UCLA and UTAH in the lead-up to their head-to-head meet last weekend. The special 30-minute documentary, Pac-12 All Access: UCLA & Utah Gymnastics, will premiere on Saturday, February 25 at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network following the UTAH at ARIZONA STATE meet. The documentary will air later that night, at 9 p.m. PT, on Pac-12 Los Angeles.

Pac-12 Championships are quickly approaching and will take place Saturday, March 18 on campus at Stanford. Click here for tickets. 

This week’s national rankings, and all rankings for the rest of the season, are based on regional qualifying score (RQS). The RQS takes the six best scores—three which must be road scores—dropping the high and averaging the remaining five scores.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 24 TV/Stream Time
No. 18 WASHINGTON at No. 11 Kentucky, with No. 23 Illinois and Northern Illinois  None  4:00 p.m. PT
No. 10 OREGON STATE at STANFORD  Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon, Pac-12 Bay Area  6:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 25    
ARIZONA at No. 6 UCLA  Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles  1:00 p.m. PT
No. 19 CALIFORNIA at No. 15 Nebraska, with No. 20 Utah State and Southeast Missouri   Huskers.com  4:00 p.m. PT
No. 5 UTAH at ARIZONA STATE  Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Mountain  4:00 p.m. PT
Pac-12 All Access: UCLA & Utah Gymnastics show  Pac-12 Network  6:00 p.m. PT
Pac-12 All Access: UCLA & Utah Gymnastics show  Pac-12 Los Angeles  9:00 p.m. PT

RECENT RESULTS

Saturday, Feb. 18 Results
STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE  STAN, 195.775 - 195.200
No. 10 OREGON STATE at No. 19 CALIFORNIA  CAL, 197.075 - 196.825
No. 6 UCLA at No. 5 UTAH  UTAH, 197.875 - 197.500
Sunday, Feb. 19  
ARIZONA at No. 18 WASHINGTON  WASH, 197.175 - 195.425
Monday, Feb. 20  
Bridgeport, Utah State at No. 6 UCLA  UCLA 1st, 195.875

RECORDS 

Teams RQS Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Utah  196.965 3-1 8-1
UCLA  196.935 3-1 6-2
California  195.785 4-2 9-2
Stanford  194.760 3-2 6-6
Oregon State  196.370 2-2 6-2
Washington  195.875 2-3 4-5
Arizona  195.105 1-3 9-4
Arizona State  193.965 0-4 2-7

PAC-12 VS. OTHER CONFERENCES

Conference  
Big Ten 2-3
Big 12 3-3
East Atlantic Gymnastics League  0-0
Eastern College Athletic 2-0
Mid-American 3-0
Midwest Independent  3-0
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 11-3
Mountain Rim 4-2
Southeastern 2-0
Western Athletic 0-0
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic 0-0
Independent 0-0
Total 30-11
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