This week in Pac-12 gymnastics
By the Pac-12 Conference
In the final week of regular season competition teams are vying for that top seed in the Pac-12 Championships. Everyone is in action except Stanford and Oregon State this week. The other six teams are all at home and can rest up before travel next week.
Fri., March 15
Bridgeport at Arizona State 6 p.m. PT
BYU & Seattle Pacific at Washington 7 p.m. PT
Sat., March 16
Missouri at Arizona 4 p.m. MT
Nebraska at California 7 p.m. PT
Florida at Utah 6 p.m. MT
On the Pac-12 Networks
Sun., March 17
Arkansas at UCLA 2 p.m. PT
*All times listed local to site.
Fri., March 8
Arizona at Oklahoma L; 196.125-197.875
Sat., March 9
Arizona State & Illinois State at Denver 2nd; 195.675
Washington at Oregon State Wash; 2nd, 197.225 Tape Delayed on the Pac-12 Networks OSU; 1st, 197.275
With Sacramento State
Utah at Georgia L; 196.975-197.650
Sun., March 10
California at UCLA Cal; 3rd, 194.925
With Michigan & Iowa State UCLA; 2nd,197.075
Stanford at Oklahoma 2nd, 196.000
PAC-12 GYMNASTICS NOTES
The Wildcats posted their second-highest team score of the season but fell to then-No. 2 Oklahoma in Norman. Arizona was fairly consistent through the meet facing some challenges on floor and having a missed bar routine forcing the rest of the performances to hit but the Wildcats fought through it. The team is back at it when they take on Missouri at home on Saturday, March 16 at 4 p.m.
The Sun Devils came out firing in their meet last week with Denver and Illinois State as they set a season-high in the team total and either set a new season-high or tied one in three of the four events. WIth quite an impressive night things just get better for the Sun Devils as 22 of the 24 routines were competed by freshmen or sophomores with years and room to grow. Arizona State is back in action on Friday, March 15 for their final home meet of the season as they host Bridgeport on senior night.
The Golden Bears set out to improve the RQS and did just that posting a 194.925 to place third in a meet with Michigan, UCLA and Iowa State. California is now with a 195.140 RQS, more than two points higher than this time last year. The Bears had to fight through issues during the meet but were able to hold on and have a strong performance on the night. California returns to action when they host Nebraska on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. PT
The Beavers earned another victory with a 197.275 team score to top then-No. 22 Washington (194.775) and Sacramento State (194.675). The team was just .025 off the school record in the team score on vault as the Beavers tallied a 49.450. The Beavers took first place individually on all four events and the all-around title. Oregon State has the week off before hosting the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday, March 23. The Championships will be held in two sessions, with the first at 1:30 p.m. PT and the second slated for a 7 p.m. PT start.
With about as tough of competition as one can get Stanford faced then-No. 2 Oklahoma, who has now moved up to No. 1, last week. The Cardinal had minor errors and a few missed routines throughout the competition but was resilient and put up a strong performance to finish with a 196.000. The Cardinal has the weekend off before traveling to the Pac-12 Championships hosted by Oregon State.
The Bruins overcame adversity in their meet last weekend to place second with a team score of 197.075. UCLA lost Mattie Larson during warm-ups due to a knee injury and had to shuffle the lineup. The team adjusted and hit 24-for-24 in the meet. The Bruins earned the highest team beam score of the meet with a 49.025 and tallied season-highs on vault and bars each totaling a 49.375. UCLA is back in action on Sunday, March 17 when they host Arkansas at 2 p.m. PT.
Despite having their best road show of the year the Utes fell to then-No. 8 Georgia 197.650-196.975. The team improved on their weaker event, bars and beam, but had some slip-ups and deductions on floor that were costly in the meet. Utah returns home this week to close out the regular season no Saturday, March 16 against No. 2 Florida. The meet will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks and will begin at 6 p.m. MT.
The Huskies placed second at the Comfort Suites Invitational posting a 194.775. Washington had three gymnasts place in the top three on multiple events with Lauren Rogers highlighting the finishes with a third place finish in the all-around. Washington is back in action on Friday, March 15 when they host BYU and Seattle Pacific at 7:30 p.m. PT for senior night.