Top non-conference competition to come for Pac-12 gymnastics

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SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 Gymnastics will face non-conference competition leading up to the first ever neutral site Pac-12 Championship at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah on Saturday, Mar. 23.

  • #2 UCLA remains undefeated after scoring two consecutive 198.000+ team scores.  The Bruins hit the road this weekend to face No. 1 Oklahoma in a meet to be televised live on ESPN at 10am PT.
  • #5 UTAH hosted its third sell-out crowd of 15,558 fans on Saturday.  The Utes will compete in their last home meet of the season at the Huntsman Center as they host #8 Michigan on Saturday.
  • Media interested in covering the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships will need to submit their credential request online at: https://pac12.me/2019GymCredentials. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 19.

PAC-12 TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA - No. 25 Arizona competed against No. 23 Stanford on Sunday in its final Pac-12 matchup of the season ... Four GymCats earned career-high scores to earn an overall 195.250, but Stanford outscored Arizona with a 196.525 ... Kennedi Davis and Adra Parks earned career-highs on vault with a 9.625 and 9.825, respectively ... Sydney Freidin tied her career-hih on the balance beam (9.850) and Heather Swanson reached her career-high on the uneven bars with a 9.825.

ARIZONA STATE - With a season-best performance alongside ASU wrestling in Wells Fargo Arena, No. 20 Arizona State battled in a tight meet with No. 12 Oregon State on Friday, but ultimately lost 196.650-196.625 ... The Beauty and the Beast meet was the first time the GymDevils scored a 49.000 or better in each event: floor (49.200), vault (49.150), bars (49.125), and beam (49.150) ... Cairo Leonard-Baker scored a season high 39.550 in the all-around to take the individual title ... The GymDevils will travel to Pennsylvania to compete in a quad meet with Penn State, Cornell, and Yale this Saturday.

CALIFORNIA - No. 14 California proved its depth and resilience to continue its march toward a second consecutive NCAA championship berth by defeating No. 18 Washington for the first time since 2003 ... The Golden Bears slightly edged the Huskies 196.650-196.350 to keep their record perfect in Haas Pavilion this season ... The Bears made season-best totals on both bars (49.250) and floor (49.250) ... Milan Clausi and Rachael Mastrangelo shared the vault crown by both notching a 9.825 score and Kyana George won the bars with a 9.90 ... The Bears continue a four-meet Bay Area homestand with two road meets in the next two weeks, starting at Sacramento State on Friday.

OREGON STATE - No. 12 Oregon State earned another road win Friday over No. 20 Arizona State, 196.650-196.625, to remain unbeaten away from home this season.  The Beavers posted their highest road score in 2019, toppling the 49.000+ in all four events ... Pac-12 Specialist of the Week, Kaitlyn Yanish, set a career-high 9.90 on vault to win the event and added a 9.925 to tie for the meet-high score ... The Beavers return to Corvallis to host Bowling Green and Alaska Anchorage at Gill Coliseum next Friday.

STANFORD - No. 23 Stanford earned its first Pac-12 victory of the season on Sunday by defeating No. 25 Arizona, 196.525-195.250 ... The Cardinal swept every individual crown with Rachael Flam, Kyla Bryant, and Wesley Stephenson all scoring 9.875 to win vault, bars, and beam, respectively, and Brant also winning floor with a 9.925 ... Stanford will compete again on March 10 when it travels to Los Angeles to compete against No. 2 UCLA.

UCLA - No. 2 UCLA defeated No. 4 Utah, 198.025-197.625, to keep a perfect record in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,558 at the Huntsman Center on Saturday ... UCLA junior and Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week, Kyla Ross, scored a perfect 10 for her fourth consecutive meet, hitting her third perfect 10 of the season on uneven bars ... Ross also won the all-around with a 39.775 ... UCLA earned four 9.90+ scores to win floor exercise with Katelyn Ohashi (9.925), Felicia Hano (9.90), Gracie Kramer (9.90) and Ross (9.90) leading the Bruins to a team total of 49.500 ... UCLA will face No. 1 Oklahoma on the road Sunday to be televised live on ESPN at 10am PT.

UTAH - The No. 4 Utes posted their best score of the season but fell 198.025-197.625 to No. 2 UCLA before a capacity crowd of 15,558 in the Huntsman Center ... The Bruins avenged last season’s Pauley Pavilion loss to the Utes, handing Utah its first conference loss of the season ... MyKayla Skinner tied for first on two events, with a 9.950 on vault and a 9.925 on floor, and finished second in the all-around with a season-high 39.750 ... MaKenna Merrell-Giles tied for first on vault (9.950) and Sydney Soloski tied for the floor title with a 9.925 ... The Utes will host No. 8 Michigan on Saturday in their last home meet of the season at the Huntsman Center.

WASHINGTON - No. 18 Washington clinched four of five event titles against No. 14 California, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Bears, who ultimately prevailed 196.650-196.350 ... Evanni Roberson earned event titles on beam (9.925), floor (9.900), and all-around (39.450), while Geneva Thompson took home her third vault event title of 2019 with a 9.825 ... Washington hits the road again this week to take on Boise State and Utah State in a tri-meet in Boise on Friday.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE 

Friday, Mar. 1         
#17 WASHINGTON at #13 Boise State (with Utah State)   6 p.m. PT
#15 OREGON STATE hosts tri meet (with Bowling Green, Alaska Anchorage) OSU Stream 7 p.m. PT
#14 CALIFORNIA at Sacramento State   7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Mar. 2         
#9 Michigan at #5 UTAH P12N 2 p.m. MT
#21 ARIZONA STATE at Penn State quad meet (with Cornell and Yale)   2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb 10    
#28 ARIZONA STATE at Texas Woman's University   2 p.m. CT 
#2 UCLA at #1 Oklahoma ESPN 10 a.m. PT
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS 

Teams RQS Pac-12 Record Overall Record
UCLA 197.800 7-0 10-0
Utah 197.220 5-1 9-2
Oregon State 196.300 4-2 7-2
Washington 196.065 3-3 4-5
California 196.335 3-4 6-5
Arizona 195.350 1-5 3-7
Arizona State 195.940 1-5 6-7
Stanford 195.685 1-5 6-8

 

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