Pac-12 gymnastics teams stay on top
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 Gymnastics has all eight of its teams ranked in the WCGA Top 25 for the third consecutive week.
- Unbeaten #3 UCLA and #4 UTAH surpass school records and both look to post their sixth consecutive 197+ team score.
- #3 UCLA, #11 OREGON STATE, and #14 CALIFORNIA all raise the bar by scoring season high team scores last weekend with (197.900), (197.450), and (196.700) respectively.
- Stanford’s Kyla Bryant will look for her sixth-straight all-around title this Friday.
- Kyla Ross of UCLA recorded her second perfect 10 of the season, elevating the Bruins just past the Beavers 197.900-197.450 in a highly competitve meet.
- No. 4 Utah continues to lead the nation in attendance, averaging nearly 14,000 fans per meet at the Huntsman Center. The Utes will host the California Golden Bears on Saturday.
- UCLA gymnastics head coach, Valorie Kondos-Field discusses her last season leading the Bruins in Pac-12 Network's Our Stories.
- In recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Pac-12 is proud to claim:
- Nine NCAA Women’s Championships in 2017-18
- Nation-leading 185 all-time NCAA Women’s Championships
- At least one NCAA Championship in 14 different women’s sports
PAC-12 TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA - No. 24 Arizona outscored No. 4 Utah on the beam (49.125-48.925) but ultimately fell to the Utes 197.075 to 195.400 ... Four GymCats earned season high scores on the balance beam including Courtney Cowels (9.875), Jenny Leung (9.800), Kennedi Davis (9.800), and Maddi Leydin (9.750). Other notable beam performances include Sydney Freidin (9.825) and Haylie Hendrickson (9.775) ... The GymCats will return home to host No. 11 OREGON STATE on Friday.
ARIZONA STATE - Behind a solid performance by Cairo Leonard-Baker, the No. 19 Arizona State women’s gymnastics squad took second place scoring a 195.700 to defeat No 14. BYU and secure their second win over a top 25 team this season ... Leonard-Baker not too far from her home town of Oakland, Calif. took second in the all-around with a 39.350.
CALIFORNIA - A record-breaking balance beam score (49.425) boosted No. 14 California to its season best score of 196.700, toppling both No. 14 BYU and No. 19 Arizona State Saturday evening at Haas Pavilion ... Toni-Ann Williams (floor), Nina Schank (bars) and Sofie Seilnacht (beam) each picked up event titles, while Williams finished in the top two of all three of her events ... The Bears will head to Salt Lake City next for a dual meet against No. 4 Utah.
OREGON STATE - No. 11 Oregon State was on fire Saturday when the Beavers set their season-high with an overall score of 197.450 ... The OSU gymnasts recorded 12 total career-highs, however, their performance wasn’t enough to defeat the Bruins who tallied a 197.900 overall score ... The Beavers will look to post their second 197+ score of the season when they face the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson.
STANFORD - No. 24 Stanford posted a season-high on balance beam (49.075) and equaled its best on floor (49.175) but could not catch No. 15 Washington on Friday in Maples Pavilion ... Sophomore Kyla Bryant will look for her sixth consecutive all-around title this week after sharing the crown with Washington’s Evanni Roberson scoring a 39.300 ... Bryant also captured titles on bars (9.850) and sophomore Rachael Flam claimed first on vault with a 9.850.
UCLA - The Bruins came out on top in a highly competitive meet against No. 11 Oregon State, scoring their season-high score of 197.900 in front of 6,505 fans ... Kyla Ross won her fourth all-around crown (39.650) and recorded her second perfect 10 of the season on the uneven bars ... Pac-12 Specialist of the Week, Nia Dennis, scored a 9.925 or higher in all three events in which she competed, including a career-high 9.975 on the beam, season-high 9.925 on the floor, and a 9.925 on the vault.
UTAH - The No. 4 Utes secured their fifth consecutive win of the season, defeating No. 25 Arizona 197.075-195.400 before a capacity crowd of 15,558 fans in the Huntsman Center ... Utah won every event title and the all-around with Alexia Burch scoring a career-high 9.90 on vault for her first event title, MaKenna Merrell-Giles and MyKayla Skinner tying for first on bars (9.900), Kari Lee winning the beam with a 9.925, Adrienne Randall taking floor with a career-high 9.950 and Merrell-Giles edging Lee for all-around honors, 39.500-39.475.
WASHINGTON - The No. 15 Washington Huskies earned a road dual meet over No. 24 Stanford 195.825-195.475 ... Kristyn Hoffa recorded a score of 9.875 on floor, giving her two meets in a row with a score of 9.875 or higher ... Evanni Roberson will look to win her fourth consecutive event title on Sunday against No. 3 UCLA after winning first on the beam and the all-around in the GymDawgs’ meet against the Cardinal.
|Friday, Feb. 8|
|#11 OREGON STATE at #25 ARIZONA||7 pm PT|
|Saturday, Feb. 9|
|#14 CALIFORNIA at #4 UTAH||P12N||1 p.m. MT|
|Sunday, Feb 10|
|#24 STANFORD at #19 ARIZONA STATE||P12N||3 p.m. PT|
|#3 UCLA at #15 WASHINGTON||ESPN2||3 p.m. PT|
|Teams||RQS||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
BIGGEST PAC-12 CROWDS IN 2019
|1.||Fri., February 1||#23 ARIZONA at #4 UTAH||15,558|
|2.||Sat., January 5||Penn State at #5 UTAH||13,193|
|3.||Mon., January 21||#19 ASU at #2 UCLA||10,270|
|4.||Sat., February 2||#3 UCLA at #11 OSU||6,505|
|5.||Sun., January 27||#2 UCLA at #24 STAN||6,000|
|6.||Fri., January 11||#5 UTAH at BYU||4,000|