Pac-12 Teams Gearing Up For Postseason
No. 7 UTAH will play host to No. 6 Nebraska in the marquee match-up of the week. For the second week in a row the Utes will host a top-10 opponent. Utah hopes to be well-prepared prior to hosting the inaugural Pac-12 Championships as they will also travel next week for a dual meet at No. 1 Florida. Prior to Friday's meet, Utah will honor its three seniors as they compete in their final home meet.
In the only Conference action this week, No. 11 STANFORD travels to No. 23 ARIZONA STATE. Programs continue to prepare for the postseason as CALIFORNIA will look to be tested when it travels to No. 15 Boise State. No. 9 OREGON STATE will travel to compete against No. 22 Denver and Texas Women's.
Friday, March 9
No. 11 STANFORD at No. 23 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 15 Boise State, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Nebraska at No. 7 UTAH, 7 p.m.
San Jose State/Central Michigan at No. 24 WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 11
No. 9 OREGON STATE at No. 22 Denver/Texas Women's, 6 p.m.
All times are local to site.
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com.
Pac-12 Team Notes
ARIZONA: Aubree Cristello has been the Wildcats' most consistent gymnast of the past couple of weeks. The junior posted her fifth consecutive score of 9.900 or better on the floor. Cristello won the event against Washington, scoring a 9.900.
ARIZONA STATE: Freshman Natelle Gentile recorded her second-straight career-high on beam against Washington, scoring a 9.825. Fellow freshman Brianna Gades also performed well on the beam, tying a career-high 9.850.
CALIFORNIA: California was led by junior Madisyn O'Brien and sophomore Dallas Crawford, who each scored a 9.775 on the vault at Stanford. The Golden Bears did not have an all-around competitor for the second-straight week.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State suffered its first loss of the season when the Beavers fell to Utah, 196-575-195.600. Junior Makayla Stambaugh was pulled from both the balance beam and floor exercise as she re-aggravated a lower leg injury.
STANFORD: Stanford beat Arizona and Cal by scoring 196.575 in the tri-meet. The Cardinal received major contributions from senior Nicole Pechanec, who scored a career-high 39.450 in the all-around competition, earning Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honors.
UCLA: UCLA recorded its highest road score of the season despite falling to Georgia, 197.700-196.975. Olivia Courtney performed well for the Bruins, recording a season-high 39.325 in the all-around. Tauny Frattone contributed to UCLA's effort as she took first on the vault, scoring 9.950.
UTAH: Stephanie McAllister won the all-around for the second-straight week, scoring a 39.375. The senior also won on the floor by scoring 9.950 and tied for first on beam with a 9.850.
WASHINGTON: Washington tied its season-best score in defeating Arizona State, 195.725-193.850. Sophomore McKenzie Fechter won the all-around with a 39.250. Fechter also won the bars, tying her season high score with a 9.850.