Pac-12 Networks announces women's gymnastics on-air talent for fourth season of live event coverage

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Greg Marsden, Samantha Peszek and Alicia Sacramone Quinn join Pac-12 Networks 

Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics All-Century Team to be revealed on ‘Pac-12 Sports Report’

SAN FRANCISCO (December 29, 2015) – A slew of broadcast veterans and decorated newcomers bring their expertise and wealth of knowledge to Pac-12 Networks’ senior season of women’s gymnastics coverage that features 27 total events, six up from last year.

Returning broadcasters include: play-by-play experts Jim Watson and Brian Webber, in addition to analyst Amanda Borden, a former American Gymnast and U.S. Gold Medalist from the 1996 summer U.S. Olympic team.

New to the Networks this year are: former Utah women’s gymnastics head coach Greg Marsden and Olympians Samantha Peszek and Alicia Sacramone Quinn.

Marsden, the winningest gymnastics coach in NCAA history, joins Pac-12 Networks as a women’s gymnastics analyst. Marsden, Utah’s gymnastics coach for the first 40 years of the program’s existence, retired in April 2015. Marsden is the sport’s first 1,000-win coach—winning 83-percent of his competitions and amassing a 1,048-208-8 career record. His teams won a record-tying 10 national championships and narrowly missed out on another title in his final season, when the Utes finished second at the 2015 NCAA Championships. All 40 of Marsden’s teams qualified for the national championships, including the 34 NCAA sanctioned championships from 1982-2015. Other national bests for Marsden and his teams included number of finishes in the top five (30), top three (23) and top two (19). Outside the gym, Marsden served on the NCAA gymnastics committee for five years. He was the president of the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches/Women for a two-year term, during which time he served as the association’s NCAA Division I representative.

UCLA Bruin Peszek joins Pac-12 Networks as a women’s gymnastics analyst. Peszek ended her collegiate career as one of the most accomplished student-athletes at UCLA, with three NCAA individual titles, including the all-around title as a senior and balance beam championships as a freshman and as a senior. She is the first UCLA gymnast ever to win multiple NCAA balance beam titles. She finished her career with 17 All-America honors, along with three NCAA, seven NCAA Regional and three Pac-12 individual titles. She scored a perfect 10 on uneven bars in 2014 and had career-bests of 9.95 on every other event and 39.700 in the all-around. During her time at UCLA, Peszek won four Scholastic All-American honors, three Pac-12 All-Academic awards, and was nominated for a Honda Sports Award. Peszek had a stellar international career prior to attending UCLA. A member of the U.S. National team from 2004-09, Peszek won a silver medal with the U.S. team at the 2008 Olympics and a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships. She was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2013 as a member of the 2007 World Championship team. Peszek also hosted a weekly gymnastics interview series on uclabruins.com for three years, and has broadcasting experience doing color commentary for USA Gymnastics events.

Olympic medalist and world champion gymnast Quinn serves as a Pac-12 Networks women’s gymnastics analyst. During her career, Alicia won twelve medals, including four gold medals on vault and two gold medals on floor exercise at the US National Championships from 2004 to 2008. At the world championships from 2005-07, she won seven medals, including a floor exercise gold in 2005 and a team gold in 2007. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Alicia won a team silver medal. In 2010, Sacramone made a comeback by winning the National Championship on vault. Later in 2010 at the World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, she won the World Title on vault as well. Alicia ended her career as the most decorated U.S. gymnast in the history of the World Championships. In addition to Pac-12 Networks, fans can see her on NBCSN and SEC Network.

Six of the eight Pac-12 teams are ranked in the preseason top 25: No. 4 Utah, No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 14 California and No. 18 Arizona.

Additionally, the Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics All-Century team will be revealed on the February 1 episode of ‘Pac-12 Sports Report,’ which airs after the women’s gymnastics doubleheader of Arizona at Utah and UCLA at California.

Below is the complete women’s gymnastics telecast schedule. For a comprehensive competition schedule, please visit Pac-12.com. Most Pac-12 Networks' customers do have access to all seven networks via the Pac-12 Now TV Everywhere service by simply logging in at Pac-12.com/now or through the Pac-12 Now app.

2016 Pac-12 Networks Women’s Gymnastics Telecast Schedule (times in PST)

Friday

1/8

Michigan State

at

Arizona

5:00 PM

Friday

1/8

Brigham Young

at

Utah

5:00 PM

Sunday

1/10

Alabama

at

UCLA

2:00 PM

Sunday

1/10

Auburn

at

Oregon State

2:00 PM

Monday

1/18

Washington

at

Arizona State

6:00 PM

Saturday

1/23

UCLA

at

Arizona

12:00 PM

Saturday

1/23

Oregon State

at

Utah

2:00 PM

Monday

2/1

Arizona

at

Utah

5:00 PM

Monday

2/1

UCLA

at

California

7:00 PM

Saturday

2/6

Utah

at

UCLA

1:00 PM

Monday

2/8

Oregon State

at

Washington

7:00 PM

Monday

2/8

Arizona

at

California

7:00 PM

Saturday

2/13

Washington

at

Utah

6:00 PM

Saturday

2/13

Stanford

at

Arizona

6:00 PM

Saturday

2/13

Oregon State

at

UCLA

8:00 PM

Monday

2/15

California

at

Arizona State

6:00 PM

Saturday

2/20

California

at

Oregon State

2:00 PM

Saturday

2/20

Utah

at

Stanford

2:00 PM

Sunday

2/21

UCLA

at

Washington

1:00 PM

Monday

2/22

Arizona

at

Arizona State

6:00 PM

Saturday

2/27

Arizona State

at

UCLA

1:00 PM

Saturday

2/27

Utah

at

California

1:00 PM

Monday

2/29

Stanford

at

Oregon State

7:00 PM

Sunday

3/6

Georgia, Stanford

at

UCLA

2:00 PM

Saturday

3/12

Georgia

at

Utah

4:00 PM

Sunday

3/13

Oklahoma

at

UCLA

2:00 PM

Saturday

3/19

Pac-12 Championships

at

Washington

1:00 PM

Saturday

3/19

Pac-12 Championships

at

Washington

6:00 PM

 

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