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. 23 - 29. WASHINGTON's Allison Northey 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.
WASHINGTON senior Allison Northey earned Gymnast of the Week honors for the first time in her career after winning the all-around in the Huskies' meet with No. 19 ARIZONA on Saturday. Northey's 39.500 all-around score was the second-highest of her collegiate career. She also won titles on the vault, beam, and floor-scoring a 9.875, a 9.925, and a 9.875 respectively. Her vault score tied her season-high and her beam score marked a new personal best. Northey also finished in third on the bars, scoring a 9.825.
Northey's last Pac-12 weekly award came when she was named Freshman of the Week three times in 2013. Her win for WASHINGTON marks the fifth different school to be awarded Gymnast of the Week honors this year.
UTAH senior Breanna Hughes earned Specialist of the Week honors this week, marking her second weekly honor of the season. Hughes won three of four events for the No. 6 Utes as they defeated No. 12 California 197.025-196.75. Winning the first three events of the day, Hughes scored a 9.90 on bars, a 9.90 on vault, and a 9.925 on floor. Her vault score tied a career high.
UCLA freshman Katelyn Ohashi earned Freshman / Newcomer of the Week honors for the third time this season after helping the Bruins to a win over Arizona State. Ohashi missed the last four meets with a sternum fracture, but returned to competition Saturday and picked up right where she left off. She scored a career-high 9.9 on beam to take first place in No. 7 UCLA's 196.625-192.950 win over the Sun Devils. Ohashi returned to the apparatus where she was initially injured at Arizona and achieved her highest score of the year on beam to claim her first collegiate beam title. Her 9.9 led the Bruins to a team total of 49.225 on beam.
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: Lexi Mills, ARIZ; Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Elizabeth Price, STAN; Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Baely Rowe, UTAH
Special Performance of the Week: Jessie Sisler, ARIZ; Sofie Seilnacht, CAL; Kaytianna McMillan, OSU; Nicolette McNair, STAN; JaNay Honest, UCLA
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Lauryn Mattson, ARIZ; Sofie Seilnacht, CAL; McKenna Singley, OSU; Dare Maxwell, STAN; MaKenna Merrell, UTAH
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
Feb. 23 Madeline Gardiner, OSU Sadiqua Bynum, UCLA Mary Jacobsen, OSU
March 1 Allison Northey, WASH Breanna Hughes, UTAH Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA