Pac-12 announces weekly gymnastics honors

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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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Also Nominated: 
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

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