UCLA wins 2016 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship
SEATTLE – UCLA claimed the 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championship, winning the title for the 17th time in school history, and the first time since 2012. The Bruins recorded a 197.250 to capture first place overall. OREGON STATE and UTAH tied for second place, each scoring 196.925 total team points.
CALIFORNIA rounded out the top four with a 196.725, while STANFORD took home fifth with a 196.125. ARIZONA placed sixth earning a 195.525, and WASHINGTON (195.300) and ARIZONA STATE (191.725) took home seventh and eighth place, respectively.
The lower four seeds entering the Pac-12 Championships competed in the first session, leaving UTAH, UCLA, CALIFORNIA and OREGON STATE to compete for the title in the later session. In the first session, STANFORD performed best, scoring a 196.125, but it was only enough to get them fifth place overall as all four teams competing in the second session bested the Cardinal’s team total.
UCLA’s victory was truly a team effort as eight different gymnasts had at least one score of 9.90 or better. Sophomore JaNay Honest was part of a three way tie for the bars individual title, scoring a 9.90 on the event and senior Danusia Francis was part of a four-way tie to claim part of the beam championship with a 9.95. Sadiqua Bynum’s 9.90 on floor also put her tied for second place in the event. UCLA won two team event titles en route to the championship, winning with a 49.300 on bars and a 49.575 on beam.
The other two event titles were won by UTAH, who tied with OREGON STATE for second place overall. The Utes took first on vault with a 49.400 and first on floor with a 49.475. The Utes also claimed the all-around title, as senior and Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year Breanna Hughes took the crown with a 39.550. Hughes’ impressive night also saw her win the Pac-12 vault title with a 9.975. UTAH took home a share of the Pac-12 individual titles on the beam and floor as well. Baely Rowe was part of a four-way tie for the Pac-12 beam title, scoring a 9.95 and Tiffani Lewis scored a 9.925 on floor to tie with CALIFORNIA’s Toni-Ann Williams for the floor title. Rowe also came in second on the floor with a 9.90, tying with teammate MaKenna Merrell.
OREGON STATE had a strong showing at Pac-12 Championships, especially on the beam. Teammates Madeline Gardiner and Risa Perez tied with a 9.95 to claim shares of the Pac-12 beam title. Overall, the team scored a 196.925 to tie with UTAH as Conference runners-up.
CALIFORNIA finished fourth with a total team score of 196.725. Sophomore Toni-Ann Williams staked claim to a share of the Pac-12 floor title, scoring a 9.925 in the event.
Other standout performances included STANFORD’s Elizabeth Price who won a share of the Pac-12 title on bars with a 9.90 and came in second place on vault with another 9.90. WASHINGTON’s Kaitlyn Duranczyk also claimed a share of the bars title.
In a vote by Conference coaches, STANFORD’s Elizabeth Price has been named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year after taking home Pac-12 Specialist of the Year honors last season. UTAH freshman Sabrina Schwab was been named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. CALIFORNIA head coach Justin Howell was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. And UTAH’s Kassandra Lopez has been named the Specialist of the Year. The Gymnast of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were started in 1987, the Freshman of the Year was added in 2000 and the Specialist of the Year honor was added in 2014.
Pac-12 Championships Final Results
1. UCLA 197.250
2. OREGON STATE 196.925
2. UTAH 196.925
4. CALIFORNIA 196.725
5. STANFORD 196.125
6. ARIZONA 195.525
7. WASHINGTON 195.300
8. ARIZONA STATE 191.675