Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

San Francisco – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 24 – Mar. 1. UCLA’s Samantha Peszek was named the Gymnast of the Week, UTAH’s Georgia Dabritz was voted Specialist of the Week, and UCLA’s Christine Peng-Peng Lee was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

UCLA redshirt senior Samantha Peszek earned gymnast of the week honors for the third time this season after her performance in No. 8 UCLA’s road win over ARIZONA STATE on Feb. 28. Peszek tied for first place on the vault with a career-high-tying score of 9.95, marking her fourth vault title of the year and helping the Bruins earn their highest vault score of the season. Pezek also earned second place finishes on beam (9.925) and bars (9.9). Nationally, she is currently the ranked 13th on vault, 11th on bars, and fifth on beam.

UTAH senior Georgia Dabritz earned Special Performance of the Week honors for the second week in a row for her performance in the No. 4 Utes’ victory at No. 15 OREGON STATE. Dabritz picked up her 20th win of the season after victories on bars (9.95) and floor (9.925) to help the Utes win in Corvallis for the first time since 2009. Dabritz is currently ranked second in the nation on vault, first on bars, and fifth on the floor.

UCLA redshirt sophomore Christine Peng-Peng Lee, who missed competition the last two seasons due to injuries, earned Newcomer of the Week honors for the second week in a row this week. In the Bruins meet with Arizona State, Lee won the bars for the fifth time this season, scoring her second-consecutive 9.95 on the event as UCLA totaled its second-highest bars score of the year. Additionally, Lee tied for third on both the beam (9.85) and the vault (9.875), marking her career-best vault score. She now ranks fifth in the nation on the bars.

A 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 third year for Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

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Also Nominated: 
Gymnast of the Week: 

Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Toni-Ann Williams, CAL; Allison Flores, ARIZ

Special Performance of the Week: 
Lexi Mills, ARIZ; Chelsea Tang, OSU; Jordan Williams, UCLA

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: 
Toni-Ann Williams, CAL; Victoria Ortiz, ARIZ; Dani Dessaints, OSU

2015 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners:
                        Gymnast                              Specialist                           Freshman/Newcomer

Jan. 12            Tory Wilson, UTAH              Jessie Sisler, ARIZ            Elizabeth Price, STAN
Jan. 19            Georgia Dabritz, UTAH        Ivana Hong, STAN            Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Jan. 27            Samantha Peszek, UCLA    Corrie Lothrop, UTAH        Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 2             Georgia Dabritz, UTAH         Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA      Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 9             Georgia Dabritz, UTAH         Tory Wilson, UTAH            Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 16           Toni-Ann Williams, CAL        Taylor Rice, STAN             Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Feb. 23           Samantha Peszek, UCLA      Georgia Dabritz, UTAH     Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA
Mar. 2             Samantha Peszek, UCLA      Georgia Dabritz, UTAH     Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA

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