Utah repeats as Pac-12 Gymnastics Champions
SALT LAKE CITY – UTAH claimed the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championship for the second year in a row and the second time since joining the Pac-12. The Utes won the title in front of their home crowd at the Huntsman Center on the campus of the University of Utah. Total attendance over two sessions of the Championships was 23,568, a new record for the event.
The Utes recorded their second highest total of the season with a 198.150 to capture first place. UCLA came in second with a total of 197.350, while STANFORD took third with a 197.175.
OREGON STATE rounded out the top half with a 196.900, while ARIZONA took home fifth with a 196.225. CALIFORNIA placed sixth earning a 196.150, and WASHINGTON (196.000) and ARIZONA STATE (192.700) took home seventh and eighth place, respectively.
The lower four seeds entering the Pac-12 Championships competed in the first session, leaving UTAH, UCLA, STANFORD and OREGON STATE to compete for the title in the later session. In the first session, ARIZONA performed best, scoring a 196.225, but it was only enough to get them fifth place overall as all four teams competing in the second session bested the Wildcats’ team total.
UTAH was lead to victory by senior standout Georgia Dabritz who won the 2015 All-Around Pac-12 title with a total of 39.775. Dabritz also was part of a three-way tie for first on the floor, tied for second on the beam, tied for second on the bars, and claimed second on the vault. Fellow UTAH senior Tory Wilson scored a 10.0 on vault to win the Pac-12 vault title but was later injured during her floor exercise and was unable to finish the meet. Additionally, UTAH senior Corrie Lothrop came away with the Pac-12 title on the uneven bars with a score of 9.950. Lothrop also tied for second in the all-around with a score of 39.575.
The Utes won three event titles en route to winning their second-straight Pac-12 Championship. UTAH finished with a 49.675 on the vault, a 49.550 on the bars, and a 49.525 on the floor to win those three events.
UCLA came from behind to edge out STANFORD and place second overall. The Bruins claimed the team title on the beam with a 49.425 and were led by senior Samantha Peszek. Peszek tied for second in the all-around, won her second striaght Pac-12 individual beam title, and was part of a three-way tie for the Pac-12 floor title.
STANFORD earned third place with a total team score of 197.175. Freshman Elizabeth Price tied for first on the bars with a 9.950 to earn a share of the individual Pac-12 title. She also tied for third on the vault with a 9.950.
Other standout performances included ARIZONA’s Jessie Sisler who won a share of the Pac-12 title on the floor with a 9.950.
In a vote by Conference coaches, UTAH’s Georgia Dabritz has been named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year. CALIFORNIA freshman Toni-Ann Williams was been named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. For the second year in a row, Utah’s co-head coaches Greg and Megan Marsden were named the Pac-12 Coaches of the Year. And STANFORD’s Elizabeth Price has been named the Special Performer of the Year. The Gymnast of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were started in 1987, the Freshman of the Year was added in 2000 and the Specialist of the Year honor was added last year.
Pac-12 Championships Final Results
1. UTAH 198.150
2. UCLA 197.350
3. STANFORD 197.175
4. OREGON STATE 196.900
5. ARIZONA 196.225
6. CALIFORNIA 196.150
7. WASHINGTON 196.000
8. ARIZONA STATE 192.700