Pac-12 announces gymnastics weekly honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Jan. 13-19. OREGON STATE’s Chelsea Tang was named the Gymnast of the Week, UTAH’s Georgia Dabritz was voted Specialist of the Week, and CALIFORNIA’s Charlie Owens was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.
Tang, a junior from Eugene, Ore., earned two victories last weekend, as No. 16 Oregon State defeated Iowa State in Corvallis. The Beavers beat Iowa State in its home opener, 196.425-194.850. The junior set three season-highs tying for first on bars with 9.875, 9.80 on floor, and took the all-around title with a score of 39.275. This win also marks head coach Tanya Chaplin’s 318th career win, a new Oregon State Gymnastics record.
Utah junior Georgia Dabritz earned her third-consecutive Specialist of the Week honor as the No.4-ranked Utes took down the No. 8 UCLA in Salt Lake City last Saturday, 197.125-195.875. The Newburyport, Mass., native took three titles that evening. Dabritz won the vault and floor with career-tying scores of 9.975 and took first in the bars with 9.95. In a national poll, the junior is ranked No. 1 on bars, No. 2 on vault, and No. 5 on floor. Dabritz has won seven of her nine routines this season as she helped lead the Utes to its first victory over UCLA since 2011.
California’s freshman Charlie Owens earned her first ever all-around victory last weekend against No. 23 Arizona State, scoring 39.175. Owens finished second on floor with a score of 9.85 and fourth on bars with 9.825 to try keep the Golden Bears on pace to upset the Sun Devils. The freshman from Alta Loma, Calif., posted career-highs in three of the meet’s four event and finished within the top six in every single event. This was not enough as No. 23 Arizona State took down No. 25 California 196.00-195.350.
This is Tang’s first Gymnast of the Week honor and Oregon State’s 24th all-time. This marks the fourth time that Georgia Dabritz has received the Specialist of the Week honor and Utah’s 12th all-time. It is Owens’s second Newcomer of the Week honor and California’s second-ever Newcomer of the Week honor since the award was introduced last year.
Gymnast of the Week has been selected every week of the season since 2001. The Specialist of the Week award was added in 2008. It is the second year for Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.
Be sure to tune into Pac-12 Networks to watch No. 9 UCLA take on No. 22 California in Berkeley this Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. MT. No. 15 Oregon State will also be on Pac-12 Networks as they resume action on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. PT at home against No. 11 Stanford.
For more information including a complete television schedule please visit www.pac-12.com.
Gymnast of the Week: Allison Flores, ARIZ; Shona Morgan, STAN; Alicia Asturias, CAL; Hallie Mossett, UCLA; Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Kristin Klarenbach, ARIZ; Serena Leong, CAL; Kaytianna McMillan, OSU; Amanda Spinner, STAN; Danusia Francis, UCLA; Jackie McCartin, WASH.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Mackenzie Valentin, ARIZ; Kaytianna McMillan, OSU; Nicolette McNair, STAN; Hallie Mossett, WASH; Baely Rowe, UTAH.
2014 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners
Gymnast Specialist Freshman/Newcomer
Jan. 7 Alicia Asturias, CAL Amanda Spinner, STAN Charlie Owens, CAL
Jan. 14 Olivia Courtney, UCLA Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Angi Cipra, UCLA
Jan. 21 Kristina Vaculik, STAN Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Rachel Daum, STAN
Jan. 28 Chelsea Tang, OSU Georgia Dabritz, UTAH Charlie Owens, CAL