2017 Pac-12 gymnastics year in review

SAN FRANCISCO--The Pac-12 had another strong year in women’s gymnastics, with four teams participating in the NCAA Semifinals, six of the eight Conference teams being ranked in the top 25 in the national final rankings, and Pac-12 gymnasts winning three NCAA individual national championships.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
UCLA, UTAH, WASHINGTON, and OREGON STATE traveled to St. Louis to compete for the 2017 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship. WASHINGTON made their first appearance in the national championships since 1998. All four Pac-12 competitors competed in the first semifinal session on Friday, April 14 where UCLA finished second, UTAH finished third, WASHINGTON finished fourth, and OREGON STATE finished sixth. UCLA and UTAH then moved on to the NCAA Super Six where they came in fourth and fifth place respectively, trailing national champions Oklahoma as well as LSU and Florida.

Pac-12 gymnasts won at least a share of the inidvidual national titles in three events during the national semifinals. UTAH's MyKayla Skinner was named the co-national champion on floor and UCLA's Kyla Ross won the NCAA beam title and a share of the NCAA bars title. This marks the third season in a row in which a UCLA gymnast has been crowned the NCAA beam champion, following Samantha Peszek in 2015 and Danusia Francis in 2016. Skinner was also the national runner-up in the all-around. 

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
UTAH claimed the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championship, winning the title for the third time in school history, and the third time in the last four years, after also claiming the title in 2014 and 2015. The Red Rocks recorded a 197.925 to capture first place overall. OREGON STATE came in second place with a 197.400 total team score, followed by WASHINGTON and UCLA who tied for third place with a 197.100.

STANFORD took home fifth with a 196.625. CALIFORNIA placed sixth earning a 196.300, and ARIZONA (196.275) and ARIZONA STATE (195.600) took home seventh and eighth place, respectively.

UTAH’s victory was a dominant one as the Utes won all but one event, claiming victory on the vault with a 49.475, on the bars with a 49.425, and on the floor with a 49.625. UTAH freshman standout MyKayla Skinner won the all-around, as she has in every Pac-12 meet this season, with a score of 39.725. Skinner is also the 2017 Pac-12 champion on floor and has a share of the individual championship on vault as well. Skinner’s floor title was won with a perfect 10.0 in the event. She shares her vault title with teammate Tiffani Lewis and OREGON STATE’s Dani Dessaints, all of whom scored a 9.950 on the event. Lewis also came in second on the floor with a 9.925. Other standout performances from UTAH included Baely Rowe who placed second in the all-around with a 39.575, and Kari Lee and Missy Reinstadtler who tied for second place on the bars – both scoring 9.900s.

PAC-12 ALL-AMERICANS

Pac-12 First Team All-Americans
All-Around
MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Kyla Ross, UCLA
Madison Kocian, UCLA

Vault
MyKayla Skinner, UTAH

Bars
Kyla Ross, UCLA

Beam
Kyla Ross, UCLA
Madeline Gardiner, OSU
Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA
MyKayla Skinner, UTAH

Floor
MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Madison Kocian, UCLA
Angi Cipra, UCLA
Hallie Mossett, UCLA
Baely Rowe, UTAH

Pac-12 Second Team All-Americans
All-Around

Hailey Burleson, WASH
Baely Rowe, UTAH
MaKenna Merrell, UTAH

Vault
Madison Kocian, UCLA
Felicia Hano, UCLA
Tiffani Lewis, UTAH

Bars 
Erika Aufiero, OSU
Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA
Madison Copiak, WASH
Madison Kocian, UCLA

Beam
Silvia Colussi-Pelaez, OSU
MaKenna Merrell, UTAH

Floor
Kaytianna McMillan, OSU
MaKenna Merrell, UTAH

YEARLY AWARDS
In a vote by Conference coaches, OREGON STATE’s Kaytianna McMillan was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year. UCLA freshman Kyla Ross was named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and UCLA’s Christine Peng-Peng Lee was named the Specialist of the Year. First-year WASHINGTON head coach Elise Ray was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and Coach of the Year awards began in 1987, the Freshman/Newcomer of the Year award was added in 2000 and the Specialist of the Year honor was added in 2014.

FINAL RECORDS

Teams RQS National Ranking Pac-12 Record Overall Record NCAA Finish
Utah  197.550  4 13-2 23-6  5th
UCLA  197.500  5 10-3-1 20-7-1  4th
Oregon State  197.115  8 10-4 19-4  11th
Washington  196.735  13 7-6-1 14-11-1  8th
California  196.515  16 6-9 14-14  N/A
Arizona  195.880  25 2-11 12-17  N/A
Stanford  195.695  32 6-9 11-18  N/A
Arizona State  195.145  41 1-12  3-17  N/A

2017 PAC-12 GYMNASTICS WEEKLY AWARDS WINNERS

  Gymnast of the Week Specialist of the Week Freshman / Newcomer of the Week
Jan. 10 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Elizabeth Price, STAN MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Jan. 17 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Jan. 24 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Toni-Ann Williams, CAL MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Jan. 31 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Kyla Ross, UCLA Kyla Ross, UCLA
Feb. 7 Madison Kocian, UCLA Elizabeth Price, STAN Madison Kocian, UCLA
Feb. 14 Kaytianna McMillan, OSU Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA Madison Kocian, UCLA
Feb. 21 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA Kyla Ross, UCLA
Feb. 28 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Hallie Mossett, UCLA MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Mar. 7 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA MyKayla Skinner, UTAH
Mar. 14 Kaytianna McMillan, OSU Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA MyKayla Skinner, UTAH

PAC-12 VS. OTHER CONFERENCES

Conference  
Big Ten 8-6
Big 12 5-10
East Atlantic Gymnastics League  1-2
Eastern College Athletic 2-2
Mid-American 7-0
Midwest Independent  5-0
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 12-4
Mountain Rim 9-4
Southeastern 7-10
Western Athletic 0-0
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic 0-0
Independent 0-0
Total 56-38
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