Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Mar. 9 - 15. OREGON STATE’s Madeline Gardiner was named the Gymnast of the Week, UCLA’s Samantha Peszek was voted Specialist of the Week, and ARIZONA’s Madison Cindric was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

OREGON STATE sophomore Madeline Gardiner was voted Gymnast of the Week this week after leading the No. 12 Beavers to their second-highest team score of the season (197.075). Gardiner won the all-around, tying her career-best score of 39.450 set just last week. Gardiner also posted a first place score of 9.850 on the beam and tied for third on the floor with a score of 9.925.

UCLA senior Samantha Peszek earned Special Performance of the Week honors this week for her performance in the No. 7 Bruins’ meet at No. 18 Arkansas. Peszek won vault and beam and placed third on bars to lead UCLA to a 197.175-195.900 victory. Peszek earned a perfect 10 from one of the two judges on beam and finished with a final score of 9.95. She also scored 9.925 on vault, her seventh consecutive score of 9.9 or higher on vault. On beam, she recorded her third victory and her fourth 9.95 score of the season. Peszek has been named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week three times this season. 

ARIZONA freshman Madison Cindric was named Freshman of the Week for her performance in the No. 17 Wildcats’ meet with No. 14 Denver on Mar. 14. In her first collegiate performance on bars, Cindric scored a 9.925 and earned first place in the event. Cindric was called to rise to the occasion after senior all-around competitor Allie Flores sustained an injury last week during ARIZONA’s meet at Texas Woman’s. Cindric competed in the all-around competition for the first time in her career on Saturday and earned a 39.350 to take second place in the all-around. She also received a 9.825 on vault, 9.775 on beam and 9.825 on floor. 

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: 

Madison Cindric, ARIZ; Sonya Meraz, UCLA

Special Performance of the Week: 
Shay Fox, ARIZ; Erika Aufiero, OSU; Baely Rowe, UTAH

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: 
Kari Lee, UTAH; Sonya Meraz, UCLA; Toni-Ann Williams, CAL

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
Mar. 9             Georgia Dabritz, UTAH         Elizabeth Price, STAN         Toni-Ann Williams, CAL
Mar. 16           Madeline Gardiner, OSU       Samantha Peszek, UCLA    Madison Cindric, ARIZ

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