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Pac-12 Gymnastics Closes out Regular Season this Week

Mar 14, 2018
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•  Six Pac-12 gymnastics teams close out the regular season against non-conference competition this weekend. On Thursday, No. 8 WASHINGTON hosts a dual meet versus No. 16 Boise State and No. 19 BYU. On Friday, No. 4 UTAH matches up against No. 20 Georgia in the Huntsmen Center; and No. 13 OREGON STATE, No. 17 ARIZONA STATE, Sacramento State and UC Davis compete in a quad meet in Sacramento. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Arizona ARIZONA faces national powerhouse No. 2 LSU to wrap up the regular season before preparing for the postseason.
• Last night, No. 3 UCLA closed out its regular season with a season-high 198.275 to defeat San Jose State (194.850) on Senior Night in Pauley Pavilion. Bruin seniors Christine Peng-Peng Lee, Sonya Meraz, Napualani Hall and JaNay Honest all scored 9.9 or higher on their routines in their farewell performance at home, and junior Katelyn Ohashi ended the competition with her third perfect 10 on floor exercise.
•  No. 10 CALIFORNIA also took home gold in their final meet of the regular season last Sunday, scoring a 196.375 in a dual meet at UC Davis (194.925) for the team’s second meet in three days. Arianna Robinson (vault), Nina Schank (bars) and Alicia Gallarzo (beam) each earned event titles as the Bears swept vault, bars and beam in the victory.
•  Perfect scores were flying at Maples Pavilion last Sunday in an exciting contest between Stanford and UCLA. Four 10's were earned in the final home meet Stanford’s for that attracted 2,047 spectators. Pac-12 Specialist of the Week Christine Peng-Peng Lee and Kyla Ross combined for three perfect 10s to lead UCLA to a 197.800-196.650 victory. Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week Elizabeth Price performed a flawless floor routine and tallied her third perfect 10 of the season and the fourth of her career, setting a Stanford-program record for most 10's in a career (4). 
•  In the final week of the regular season, six Pac-12 squads remain nationally ranked. UCLA tops the Conference at the No. 3 spot, followed by No. 4 Utah, #8 Washington, #10 California, #13 Oregon State and #17 Arizona State. 

Thursday, March 15
No. 16 Boise State and No. 19 BYU at No. 8 WASHINGTON
6 p.m. PT
Friday, March 16
No. 20 Georgia at No. 4 UTAH  ESPNU
6:30 p.m. PT
No. 13 OREGON STATE, No. 17 ARIZONA STATE, UC Davis, at Sacramento State   7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 17
5 p.m. PT

Pac-12 Record
Overall Record
Washington 196.820 4-2 10-5
California 196.775 3-3 11-4
Oregon State
Arizona State
195.920 0-6
195.520 1-5 4-8


GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Elizabeth Price, SR, Stanford (Coopersburg, Pa.)
• Performed a flawless floor routine and tallied her third perfect 10 of the season and the fourth of her career, competing in her last event on Senior Day against UCLA. The 10 set a Stanford program record for most 10's in a career (4), Price is the first Cardinal to claim two perfect scores on floor. 
•  Won the floor and vault titles, and captured her seventh all-around title of the year with a career-high 39.825.
•  Posted a season-best 9.975 on vault, leading her squad to a season-high 49.105 in the event, and a season-best 196.650 team score against the No. 3 Bruins. 
•  Currently ranked second in the nation in the all-around, tied for third on floor and bars, and ranked fourth on vault.
• Earns gymnast of the week honors for the third time this season and for the seventh time in her career.

SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, RS SR, UCLA (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
• Scored two 10.0s in the uneven bars and balance beam to help UCLA to a 197.800-196.650 victory over Stanford on Sunday. 
• Her perfect 10 on bars was her first of the season in the event, the third of her career, and the first perfect scores for UCLA on uneven bars this season (alongside teammate Kyla Ross). 
• Tied Kate Richardson's school record of four career 10s on beam, her third perfect score in the event this season. 
• Has earned seven-career perfect 10s, and leads the nation with four perfect marks this season.
• Holds the No.1 spot in the country on balance beam for the second week in a row, and is tied for seventh place on uneven bars.  
• Claimed her ninth Pac-12 Specialist of the Week award of her career, beating the all-time record of eight weekly gymnastics specialist honors previously set by Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) and Georgia Dabritz (Utah). 

FRESHMAN / NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Kaitlyn Yanish, FR, Oregon State, (Chandler, Ariz.)
•  Helped the Beavers defeat Michigan State 196.800-191.350 last week. With the win, Oregon State concluded its five-meet home slate undefeated, including wins over top 25 teams – No. 23 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 24 Arizona and No. 21 BYU.
•  Took home a share of the gold in both events she competed in, scoring a career-best 9.850 on vault, and tallying 9.875 on floor. 
•  Currently ranked #15 in the nation on floor, with an average score of 9.903. 
•  Earned her first-career Pac-12 weekly honor this week, and the first honor for Oregon State this season.

Gymnast of the Week: Victoria Ortiz, ARIZ; Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Toni-Ann Williams, CAL; McKenna Singley, OSU; Kyla Ross, UCLA; MyKayla Skinner, UTAH; Hailey Burleson, WASH.

Specialist of the Week: Justine Callis, ASU; Alicia Gallarzo, CAL; Destinee Davis, OSU; Zoey Schaefer, WASH. 

Freshman / Newcomer of the Week: Kyana George, CAL; Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Pauline Tratz, UCLA.

Gymnast of the Week
Specialist of the Week
Freshman / Newcomer of the Week
Feb. 20 MyKayla Skinner, UTAH Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU
Feb. 27 Toni-Ann Williams, CAL Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU
March 6 Elizabeth Price, STAN Sofie Seilnacht, CAL Kyana George, CAL
March 12 Elizabeth Price, STAN Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA Kaitlyn Yanish, OSU

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Pac-12 Networks, now in its sixth season of unprecedented coverage of Pac-12 sports, will air 25 women’s gymnastics meets this season, including a “Meet the Bruins” preview. All eight Pac-12 schools will appear on the Networks at least three times: Arizona (3), Arizona State (4), California (5), Oregon State (7), Stanford (4), UCLA (7), Utah (7) and Washington (4). Both sessions of the 2018 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be televised live nationally on Pac-12 Network on Saturday, Mar. 24 at McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona.