Regular season wraps up for Pac-12 women's gymnastics
The final week of the regular season wraps up as the teams in the Pac-12 prepare for the Conference Championships. Everyone is in action except for Stanford. The Pac-12 Championships will be hosted by California on Mar. 22 at 1 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.
The WIldcats fell to Oregon State on Sunday, 197.050-196.275. Shelby Edwards led the Wilcats on vault tying her career-high score of 9.90 earning her the first place title. In the loss, Arizona was able to record a season-best score of 49.300 on bars. The charge was led by Lexi Mills with a career-high 9.90 finishing second on the event. Selynna Felix-Terrazas and Gabby Laub both contributed scores of 9.875 tying for third. Edwards showed up again for Arizona on beam taking second place with a career-high 9.90.
Up Next: The No 20-ranked Wildcats will copete in a quad meet vs. BYU Texas Women’s and Bridgeport on Sat., Mar. 15 at 4 p.m. MT.
The Sun Devils hit rough patches on the road and had to count a fall on both bars and floor in a loss to Oklahoma, 197.450-194.150. Carissa Kraus led ASU on bars recording a score of 9.875. Senior Sammie Seaman shined on vault scoring a career-high 9.900 to tie for first. Junior Natasha Sundby tied her career-high with a score of 9.925 to lead the Sun Devils.
Up Next: The No. 22-ranked Sun Devils return home to host Northern Illinois on Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. MT.
The Wildcats of Kentucky took down the Golden Bears of California by a slim margin, 196.150-196.075. Alicia Austurias led Cal with titles on both vault and floor. She also finished third in the all-around with a score of 39.125. Charlie Owens excelled for the Bears as well, matching her career-high on bars and setting anew personal best on floor to take the runner up position in the all-around. Senior Leilani Alferos took the title on the uneven bars, matching a personal-best of 9.875.
Up Next: The No. 19 ranked Cal Golden Bears return home to close out the season against UC Davis on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. PT.
Oregon State is closing the last few meets of regular season strong with the highest road score this season in a win over Arizona, 197.050-196.275. Three all-arounders saw career-highs, led by Chelsea Tang’s 39.500 with Brittany Harris and Madeline Gardiner both posting scores of 39.400. The Beavers scored over 49 points on all four events with a season-high tying score of 49.350 on the bars and a season-best 49.325 on beam. Erika Aufiero took the title on the uneven bars with a 9.925. Freshman Madeline Gardiner took first on beam with a 9.925 with teammates Cerise Witherby and Chelsea Tang tying for second with 9.90.
Up Next: No. 12 Oregon State will be on the road again next week as they travel to Seattle to face Washington and Seattle Pacific on Fri., Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. PT.
Cardinal freshman Nicolette McNair recorded three top four finishes in a loss to the Crimson Tide of Alabama, 196.300-198.250. McNair tied her collegiate best on bars (9.875), fourth on vault (9.925) and closed the meet with a third place finish on beam (9.875). Stanford’s Taylor Rice led the Cardinal on floor tying her collegiate best of 9.900.
Up Next: No. 10 Stanford takes next week off and will return to action for the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships on Sat., Mar. 22 in Berkeley, Ca.
UCLA competed in a highly competitive field against Top Ten ranked opponents Michigan and Utah. The Bruins were able to take second with a total of 197.475. Samanthat Peszek made her return to the all-around since the 2012 NCAA Championships scoring 39.65. The senior scored 9.925 on floor, 9.925 on vault and beam and 9.875 on bars. Bruin Halloe Mossett led off the meet for UCLA with her third consecutive 9.875 on beam.
Utah traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face stiff competition vs. Michigan and UCLA. The Utes took third overall with a score of 197.350. Georgia Dabritz performed well for the Utes scoring her first career 10.0 on floor. Breanna Hughes scored a season-high and career-high tying 9.90 on bars. Nansy Diamanova matched Hughes with 9.90, and Dabritz finished strong with a 9.95.
Up Next: No.5 Utah hosts Georgia next Sat., Mar. 16 at 7 p.m. MT in the last regular season meet of the season. Catch the action on Pac-12 Networks.
Washington scored 194.300 in a loss to BYU on Friday night who scored 196.125. All-around competitor Allison Northey took third on the bars with a 9.775. Hiskies were led by Madison Podlucky in the vault as she scored a career-high 9.80 with Alexandra Yaculis also posting the same score. Washington ended on beam with McKenzie Fetcher tying her career-high and setting a new season-high with a 9.850.
Up Next: Washington is at home for a tri-meet versus No. 12 Oregon State and Seattle Pacific on Fri., Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. PT.