Pac-12 gymnastics teams compete in road matches in week two
SAN FRANCISCO-- Week one of Pac-12 gymnastics took a strong start with the first perfect “10” of the season, recorded by STANFORD senior Elizabeth Price Monday night in the season-opening NorCal Classic at Maples Pavilion. It marked the the first 10 on bars for a Cardinal gymnast since Liz Tricase accomplished the feat in 2006. Price was awarded three 10 scores in the meet; two on bars and one on floor.
Five Pac-12 squads will hit the road this week. On Friday Arizona takes on No. 12 Iowa State, WASHINGTON travels to Sacramento State, and California faces BYU. Meanwhile, OREGON STATE will travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday and ASU matches up against No. 16 West Virginia on Sunday.
On Sunday UCLA, Utah, Stanford, and Washington take part in this year’s Elevate the Stage meet in Reno, Nevada. Three NCAA postseason contenders match up in the annual meet with Utah, UCLA and Washington all qualifing for the NCAA Championships last year. Both Utah (5th) and UCLA (4th) advanced to the Super Six while Washington finished eighth. The podium meet will be streamed live at http://bit.ly/2lHRYwB with a paid subscription.
No. 2 UTAH recorded it’s third-highest season-opening score in school history last Friday with a big 197.000-194.275 win over BYU, led by Pac-12 gymnast of the week, MyKayla Skinner who tied for first in the all-around with teammate MaKenna Merrell-Giles (39.475). Utah was one of two teams to score a 197 in the opening week, trailing only LSU’s 197.150.
CALIFORNIA took home the victory at the NorCal Classic for the fourth year in a row, beating out its four NorCal counterparts with a 195.475, the 10th-best score in the nation of opening weekend. Stanford took second with a 194.925, followed by San Jose State (194.475), UC Davis (194.400) and Sacramento State (192.875).
Pac-12 teams went 10-2 against their opponents in week one, with four teams ranked in the NACGC/W top 25 on Monday. Utah jumped two spots to No. 2 and UCLA rose to No. 4, followed by No. 10 ARIZONA and No. 14 ASU.
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GYMNASTICS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS
Pac-12 Networks, now in its sixth season of unprecedented coverage of Pac-12 sports, will air 25 women’s gymnastics meets this season, including a “Meet the Bruins” preview. All eight Pac-12 schools will appear on the Networks at least three times: Arizona (3), Arizona State (4), California (5), Oregon State (7), Stanford (4), UCLA (7), Utah (7) and Washington (4). Both sessions of the 2018 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be televised live nationally on Pac-12 Network on Saturday, Mar. 24 at McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona.
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