Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships: Workout day in eight Vine videos
SALT LAKE CITY - There is no possible way to capture the power, strength and grace of each gymnast in the Pac-12 in six seconds of video, but that never stopped anyone from trying.
The eight teams participating in Saturday's Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships here (1 PT/2 MT, Pac-12 Networks) took to the floor Friday for their pre-meet workouts, and the energy was flowing with each rotation through the floor of the Huntsman Center.
Here's a brief look at what each team brings into tomorrow's championships, accompanied by a Vine video of their action at Friday's workout.
#1 seed - Utah Utes: The 11-1 and defending conference champion Red Rocks took it easy on Friday, assmbling for a quick stretch and team meeting before dispersing for the day. No. 4 Utah comes into tomorrow's championships with a perfect 6-0 record in Pac-12 competition and will likely have the full force of Ute Nation behind them. A record-setting crowd of 16,109 packed into the Huntsman Center on March 6 to see Utah take down Michigan on Senior Night.
#2 seed - UCLA Bruins: Coming into Saturday's championships as the No. 7 team in the nation, UCLA is looking to reclaim a conference title that the program has captured 16 times since 1987. As always, the 5-1 Bruins are led by Samantha Peszek, who was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week four times this season.
#3 seed - Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers have surged to a national No. 12 ranking heading into Saturday's championships, thanks in part to their three NCAA Championships qualifiers from 2014 - Madeline Gardiner, Chelsea Tang and Kaytianna McMillan. A Pac-12 title would be OSU's third in five years.
#4 seed: Stanford Cardinal: The Cardinal enter Saturday's championships as the No. 13 team in the nation and healthier than they have been all season. Their March 2 meet with Washington was their most successful in recent memory; the winning score of 197.525 was the program's highest since 2008.
#5 seed: Arizona Wildcats: The No. 17 Wildcats ended their season on a tear, earning three dual victories, one quad win and one tie in their final five meets. Coming into Salt Lake City strong is freshman Madison Cindric, the most recent Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, who took 2nd in the all-around on March 14 against Denver and earned a victory on the uneven bars in her first-ever go at it in college.
#6 seed: California Golden Bears: If there are three words to highlight the No. 20 Golden Bears this season, they're "Toni-Ann Williams". The freshman phenom ranks 10th in the nation in the all-around, making her the highest-ranked frosh in America. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week a staggering six times this season.
#7 seed: Washington Huskies: No. 22 Washington brings a full cadre of seniors - McKenzie Fechter, Jackie McCartin, and Madison Podlucky - into the championships for their final go at a conference title. The Huskies are coming off their highest score of the season, posting a 196.600 against UC Davis on March 13.
#8 seed: Arizona State Sun Devils: Rounding out the field in Salt Lake City is Arizona State, who enters the Pac-12 Championships off a strong season finale against Southern Utah. Senior Natasha Sundby put on a Senior Night performance to remember, earning a career high on beam and posting a 9.900 on floor to capture both events.
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