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Merrell-Giles, Hano and Flam claim Pac-12 gymnastics weekly honors

Feb 6, 2018

GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, JR, UTAH (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
 Earned No. 2 Utah’s first 10.0 of the season on vault, the first perfect score of her career, in the Utes’ season-high 197.700 win over Washington last weekend.
•  Took home gold on vault, floor and in the all-around against the Huskies. Tallied a season-high 9.975 on floor and a career-high 39.675 in the all-around.
•  Her four wins on floor are the most on any event by a Ute this season. The Utes are currently the nation's top ranked team on floor (49.480), led by No. 2 Merrell-Giles (9.940).
•  Also ranked No. 5 in the nation in the all-around (39.565 average), No. 4 on vault (9.925) and tied for 25th on bars (9.86).

SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Felicia Hano, SO, UCLA (San Gabriel, Calif.)
• Scored the first perfect 10 of her career, the first 10.0 score of six awarded in an exciting meet at Pauley Pavilion between No. 4 UCLA and No. 1 Oklahoma. Her perfect floor routine tied for the win in the event with teammate Katelyn Ohashi who also received a 10.000.
• Helped the Bruins set another season-high score of 197.950, just shy of Oklahoma’s 198.050 which handed UCLA their first loss of the season.
• Currently ranked No. 8 in the country on floor with an average score of 9.912.
• Earned the first Pac-12 gymnastics weekly award of her career, the fifth honor in a row for the Bruins.

FRESHMAN / NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Rachael Flam, FR, Stanford (Houston, Texas)
• Posted a 39.375 to take home the gold in her first time competing in the all-around this season.
• Tied for the win with teammate Elizabeth Price on vault (9.875), shared first with teammate Kaylee Cole on balance beam (9.825), and tied for first on floor (9.875), recording season bests in all events she competed in. Her scores also helped Stanford win or share first in all four rotations.
• Led the Cardinal squad to tally a season-high 196.150 points on Friday to capture a quad-meet win against the host UC Davis, San Jose State and Seattle Pacific.
• Claimed her first-career Pac-12 newcomer weekly award.
Gymnast of the Week: Madison Cindric, ARIZ; Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Sabrina Gill, OSU; Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Hailey Burleson, WASH.
Specialist of the Week: Morgan Wilson, ASU; Arianna Robinson, CAL; Isis Lowery, OSU; Elizabeth Price, STAN; Tiffani Lewis, UTAH; Monica Riley, WASH.
Freshman / Newcomer of the Week: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Kyana George, CAL; Kaitlyn Yanish, OSU; Nia Dennis, UCLA; Sydney Soloski, UTAH.