Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors
SAN FRANCISCO – Today the Pac-12 Conference announced the Pac-12 women’s gymnastics weekly honors for the week of Feb. 9 - 15. CALIFORNIA’s Toni-Ann Williams was named the Gymnast of the Week, UCLA’s Sophina DeJesus 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 second time this season after leading the Golden Bears to a win over ARIZONA STATE on Monday, powering the team to its highest road score and second highest total in school history, a 196.900. Williams swept every event title and matched her own program-record 39.700 all-around total, scoring above a 9.9 on every event, including by a career-best 9.925 on beam. Williams landed her rare double front dismount for the high score, and is currently the only gymnast in the world performing the double front dismount on beam.
Williams also notched season-high totals on vault (9.925), bars (9.90) and floor (9.95) to pick up five titles for the evening. In the national rankings this week, Williams is eleventh in the country on floor and ranks No. 22 in both the all-around the vault.
Last season, Williams was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She was named Gymnast of the Week once and Freshman / Newcomer of the Week six times during the 2015 season.
UCLA senior Sophina DeJesus earned Specialist of the Week honors for her performance in the Bruins’ win over OREGON STATE on Saturday. DeJesus became a viral sensation after her floor routine on Feb. 6 was viewed on the Internet by more than 27 million people. Coming off the newfound and unprecedented popularity, she performed well yet again, this time with a standout performance on the beam.
DeJesus came close to scoring a perfect 10 on the beam, receiving a 10 from one judge and a 9.95 from the other to shatter her career-high with a 9.975. It was her first career win on the beam, and helped the Bruins set a new team season-high on beam with a 49.5. She followed up with a 9.9 on floor exercise to finish third.
UTAH freshman Sabrina Schwab earned Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors for the third time this season for her performance in the Red Rocks’ 197.125 - 196.250 win over WASHINGTON. Schwab scored a 9.925 in both of her routines, on bars and on floor. Her bar score was a new career high and resulted in her first ever win on the bars. Her 9.925 score on floor placed second in the meet.
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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Gymnast of the Week: Shelby Edwards, ARIZ; Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Elizabeth Price, STAN; Danusia Francis, UCLA; Breanna Hughes, UTAH; Allison Northey, WASH
Special Performance of the Week: Jessie Sisler, ARIZ; Taylor Allex, ASU; Jessica Howe, CAL; Kaytianna McMillan, OSU; Nicolette McNair, STAN; Sabrina Schwab, UTAH; Alex Yacalis, WASH
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Lauryn Mattson, ARIZ; Corinne Belkoff, ASU; Sofie Seilnacht, CAL; Mary Jacobsen, OSU; Taryn Fitzgerald, STAN; Nicki Shapiro, UCLA
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
Feb. 9 Sadiqua Bynum, UCLA Angi Cipra, UCLA Madison Preston, UCLA
Feb. 16 Toni-Ann Williams, CAL Sophina DeJesus, UCLA Sabrina Schwab, UTAH