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Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

Feb 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Today the Pac-12 Conference office announced the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 1. CALIFORNIA’s Toni-Ann Williams was named the Gymnast of the Week, STANFORD’s Ivana Hong was voted Specialist of the Week, and UTAH’s Sabrina Schwab was named the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

California sophomore Toni-Ann Williams earned Gymnast of the Week honors for the first time this season for leading the Golden Bears to their first victory over No. 5 UCLA since 1985. Williams won the all-around with a score of 39.250 and also came in first on the vault and the floor. Williams’ 9.875 on the vault and 9.675 on the beam were both season-highs for her. Williams helped No. 21 California to season-high total scores on three of four events and a season-best 196.375 overall team score. 

Last season, Williams was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She was last named Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 16, 2015 and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week six times during the 2015 season.

Stanford senior Ivana Hong earned Specialist of the Week honors for her performance in the Cardinal’s fourth-place finish at the Metroplex Challenge. Hong tied for fifth on bars and won the beam title in a field that included four top-16 ranked squads. Her performance in the third position on beam came immediately after the gymnast before her fell. Hong followed the missed routine with a meet-best performance that helped Stanford finish the rotation with the highest beam score of any team at the meet (49.300). Her performance on bars helped No. 12 Stanford complete a solid third rotation after a tough start on floor and vault. Hong has scored 9.775 or higher on bars in all four performances this season.

Utah freshman Sabrina Schwab earned Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors for the second time this season for her performance in the Red Rocks’ 197.150 - 194.850 win over No. 20 Arizona. Schwab tied or set career-highs in both of her routines, scoring a 9.95 and coming in second on the floor and scoring a fourth-place 9.875 on the bars. Schwab’s floor routine marked a new career-high and her bars routine tied her career-mark. Her scores contributed significantly to No. 7 Utah’s highest all-around team score of the season. 

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: 

Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Elizabeth Price, STAN; Breanna Hughes, UTAH; Danusia Francis, UCLA; Allison Northey, WASH

Special Performance of the Week: 
Alicia Gallarzo, CAL; Risa Perez, OSU; Samantha Partyka, UTAH; JaNay Honest, UCLA; Kaitlyn Duranczyk, WASH

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: 
Sofie Seilnacht, CAL; Marianna Colussi-Pelaez, OSU; Dare Maxwell, STAN

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
Jan. 26    Elizabeth Price, STAN           Baely Rowe, UTAH             Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA
Feb. 2     Toni-Ann Williams, CAL         Ivana Hong, STAN              Sabrina Schwab, UTAH