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Samantha Peszek Named Pac-12 Specialist of the Week

Feb 25, 2014

UCLA senior gymnast Samantha Peszek was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the second time in three weeks and for the third time in her career.

Peszek won all three events in which she competed in the Bruins' dual meet win over Stanford, capturing first place on beam with a career-high-tying 9.95 and tying for top marks on vault (season-high 9.925) and uneven bars (9.825). Peszek's vault was her first since the season opener on Jan. 11. She has been held out of two meets and limited to bars and beam for the others with a stress reaction in her foot. Her vault score helped the Bruins achieve a team season-high of 49.4 on the event. On beam, she led the team to another season-best of 49.525, UCLA's highest score on beam since the 2010 NCAA Regionals. Peszek has seven individual victories in just 11 routines this season.

Stanford's Kristina Vaculik won Gymnast of the Week honors, and her Cardinal teammate Nicolette McNair was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

UCLA travels to the desert to face Arizona on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 3pm PT.

Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week:
Allie Flores, ARIZ; Risa Perez, ASU; Alicia Austurias, CAL; Cerise Witherby, OSU; Sydney Sawa, UCLA; Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Aliza Vaccher, WASH
Special Performance of the Week: Carissa Kraus, ASU; Serena Leong, CAL; Hannah Casey, OSU; Rache Daum, STAN; Kailah Delaney, UTAH; Jackie McCartin, WASH.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Jessica Howe, CAL; Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Hallie Mossett, UCLA; Baely Rowe, WASH; Janae Janik; WASH.

2014 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week
Jan. 7: Alicia Asturias, CAL; Jan. 14: Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Jan. 21: Kristina Vaculik, STAN; Jan. 28: Chelsea Tang, OSU; Feb. 4: Tory Wilson, UTAH; Feb. 11: Tory Wilson, UTAH; Feb. 18: Sydney Sawa, UCLA; Feb. 25: Kristina Vaculik, STAN.

2014 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week
Jan. 7: Amanda Spinner, STAN; Jan. 14: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Jan. 21: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Jan. 28: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Feb. 4: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Feb. 11: Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Feb. 18: Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Feb. 25: Samantha Peszek, UCLA.

2014 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Jan. 7: Charlie Owens, CAL; Jan. 14: Angi Cipra, UCLA; Jan. 21: Rachel Daum, STAN; Jan. 28: Charlie Owens, CAL; Feb. 4: Hallie Mossett, UCLA; Feb. 11: Hallie Mossett, UCLA; Feb. 18: Jessica Howe, CAL; Feb. 25: Nicolette McNair, STAN.