2017 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships: What to watch for in Session 2
The second session of the 2017 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championship begins at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, with top-seeded UCLA, No. 2 seed Utah Red Rocks, No. 3 seed Oregon State Beavers and No. 4 seed Washington GymDawgs.
Which school will take home the team title?
Top-seeded UCLA is the reigning champion and holds an RQS of 197.500, but Utah is right on their heels with a 197.355 RQS. The two school's average differential is just 0.065, so it’s anyone’s game. The Red Rocks won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 and are very familiar with that winning feeling. Oregon State won it all in 2013 and finished in second last year, so it should be no surprise if the Beavers perform well. Adding to the mix, OSU is the only Pac-12 team to have beaten Utah this season. For Washington, the GymDawgs will compete in their first night session since the format was introduced. Their specialty under first-year head coach Elise Ray is the beam and they'll start the night on that apparatus.
Can the Red Rocks four-peat the all-around?
A Utah gymnast has won the all around for the past three years, including Tory Wilson (2014), Georgia Dabritz (2015) and Breanna Hughes (2016). Utah’s freshman MyKayla Skinner is second in the nation this season in the all-around with a 39.650 RQS. The 11-time Pac-12 weekly award recipient definitely appears to be the frontrunner for the crown, but watch out for UCLA’s Madison Kocian, OSU’s Katiyanna McMillan and even Skinner’s teammate Baely Rowe to challenge for top honors.
Pursuit of Perfection
In its 30th year, there have been 21 perfect 10s at the Pac-12 Championships. This regular season the conference has seen ten perfect 10s: six on bars, three on beam and one on floor exercise.
The last perfect 10 at the championship came from Tory Wilson on vault in 2015, and there have been seven on vault, eight on bars, none on beam and six on floor. With the three perfect marks on beam in the regular season, will we see the first 10 on the apparatus in the history of the championship this year?