Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

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SAN FRANCISCO – Today the Pac-12 Conference office announced the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Jan. 12 – Jan. 18. STANFORD’s Elizabeth Price was named the Gymnast of the Week, UTAH’s Breanna Hughes was voted Specialist of the Week, and UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi was named the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

Stanford sophomore Elizabeth Price earned Gymnast of the Week honors for the second week in a row after her performance in the Cardinal’s win on the road at No. 10 Georgia on Jan. 18.

Price won the all-around for the second consecutive week, posting top-four finishes in three individual events. She scored Stanford’s highest score on the vault, bars, and floor to help the Cardinal pull off an upset victory on the road. Price’s strong performance on bars was critical as the gymnast before her had fallen and Price’s score helped Stanford salvage a strong start to the meet. She was the only Stanford gymnast to score above 9.750 on floor and provided a much-needed big score in the event to keep pace with Georgia. 

Price has scored 9.850 or higher in seven of eight individual event performances this season. Her 39.462 all-around average has her ranked fourth in the nation in the all-around so far this season. In her freshman season, Price was named the 2015 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year and won an NCAA individual championship on the vault. 

Utah senior Breanna Hughes earned Specialist of the Week honors for her performance in the Red Rocks’ win over No. 24 Southern Utah. This is Hughes’s first Pac-12 weekly honor since she was named Freshman/Newcomer of the Week in March of 2013. 

Hughes scored career highs on all three events in which she competed, leading Utah to a season-high 196.725 score and a road win over Southern Utah. In the process, Hughes placed first on both the vault on the bars, and placed second on the floor. Her 9.925 bar score led the team, which is currently ranked first in the nation in average team bar score. 

UCLA freshman Katelyn Ohashi earned Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors for her performance in the Bruins’ hard-fought loss at No. 1 Florida. Ohashi scored a 9.9 on bars to place third at Florida and help UCLA score a season-best 49.35 on bars and 196.925 overall. She also contributed a 9.8 on beam, receiving a 9.9 from one judge, and a 9.825 on floor to help UCLA win floor at the road meet. Ohashi has competed in seven of eight routines so far this season, the most of anyone on the team.

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 and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week was added in 2013.

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Also Nominated: 
Gymnast of the Week:
 Toni Ann Williams, CAL; Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Allison Northey, WASH

Special Performance of the Week:  Gabrielle Laub, ARIZ; Taylor Allex, ASU; Sylvie Seilnacht, CAL; Jamie Radermacher, OSU; Melissa Chuang, STAN; Danusia Francis, UCLA; Zoey Schaefer, WASH

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week:  Lauryn Mattson, ARIZ; Sylvie Seilnacht, CAL; Mary Jacobsen, OSU; Taryn Fitzgerald, STAN; Sabrina Schwab, UTAH; Malory Rose, WASH

2016 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Award Winners:
                Gymnast                                Specialist                               Freshman/Newcomer     

Jan. 12    Elizabeth Price, STAN           Hallie Mossett, UCLA            Sabrina Schwab, UTAH
Jan. 19    Elizabeth Price, STAN           Breanna Hughes, UTAH        Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA    

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