Pac-12 announces gymnastics weekly honors

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 24 - Mar. 3. UCLA’s Olivia Courtney was named the Gymnast of the Week, UCLA’s Samantha Peszek was voted Specialist of the Week, and ARIZONA’s Seylnna Felix-Terrazas was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

Courtney and the Bruins were able to record a UCLA season-high 197.5 in a win at Arizona. Senior Olivia Courtney won the all-around for the second straight meet, scoring a season-best 39.5. Courtney tied for first on vault with teammate Samantha Peszek and tied for second on floor. Her efforts on the floor routine helped lead the Bruins to the teams season-high 49.5. Additionally, Courtney tied for fourth on beam (9.85) and seventh on bars (9.825).

Senior Samantha Peszek scored 9.90 on all three events in which she competed to share the title on vault and bars and placing second on beam. The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted scores to help UCLA earn a season-high 197.5 on the road to take down Arizona. She is tied at 15th in the nation on bars with a season average is 9.90 on bars. So far this season Peszek has racked up nine 9.9 scores and nine individual victories over 14 routines.

Arizona freshman Selynna Felix-Terrazas has made big impact for the Wildcats in a season filled with injury with the upperclassmen. Felix-Terrazas, a Tuscon, Ariz., native, has been contributing all season long with numbers counting scored to team totals. This past meet, she scored a career and season-best 9.90 on bars to take first place against the Bruins.

This week marks UCLA’s third Gymnast of the Week honor on the 2014 season with two of those honors going to Olivia Courtney. This is Samantha Peszek’s second consecutive Specialist of the Week honor and accounts for all three of UCLA’s honors in this category for the 2014 season. This is Seylnna Felix-Terrazas’s first Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor and Arizona’s first weekly honor of the 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 this week to watch No. 15 Oregon State travel to Tucson to take on No. 18 Arizona this Sunday Mar. 9 at 12 p.m. PT.

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Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week: Chelsea Tang, OSU.
Special Performance of the Week: Kristin Klarenbach, ARIZ; Hannah Casey, OSU; Mary Beth Lofgren, UTAH.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Hallie Mossett, UCLA.

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
Feb. 4    Tory Wilson, UTAH        Georgia Dabritz, UTAH        Hallie Mossett, UCLA
Feb. 11    Tory Wilson, UTAH        Samantha Peszek, UCLA        Hallie Mossett, UCLA
Feb. 18    Sydney Sawa, UCLA        Madeline Gardiner, OSU        Jessica Howe, CAL
Feb. 25    Kristina Vaculik, STAN        Samantha Peszek, UCLA        Nicolette McNair, STAN
Mar. 4    Olivia Courtney, STAN        Samantha Peszek, UCLA        Seylnna Felix-Terrazas, ARIZ


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