UCLA's Ross, Ohashi, Kondos Field and Cal's Milan land this year's Pac-12 Championships honors
GYMNAST OF THE YEAR: Kyla Ross, Jr., UCLA (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Kyla Ross finished off the 2019 championships by earning 9.9 points on vault (T-3rd), 9.9 points on beam (T-3rd place) and a pair of perfect 10s on bar (1st) and floor (T-1st). She is also named the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships All-Around champion. The junior has been a top performer for the Bruins earning career-highs and perfect 10s in all events competed in. She is the 11th gymnast in NCAA history to achieve the Gym Slam in the last three weeks of the season. Ross is top ranked performer in the Pac-12 and nationally in vault, bars and all-around. The Aliso Viejo, Calif., native has earned a nation’s best 11 perfect 10s this season. Ross has been named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week seven times this season.
SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR: Katelyn Ohashi, Sr., UCLA (Seattle, Wash.)
Katelyn Ohashi closes the door on her final Pac-12 career by awing the crowd with her 9.95 points on beam(T-1st) and perfect 10 in the floor, tying for first place with teammate Kyla Ross. The senior hailing from Seattle is one of the six finalists for the AAI Award, which recognizes the top senior gymnast in the country. She has accumulated 11 career perfect 10s which ranks fourth all time at UCLA. Has won Pac-12 Specialist of the Week six times this season. She sets a new career record for specialist awards with 10. Ohashi has elevated Pac-12 and NCAA Gymnastics by having her exquisite floor routine this year go viral to the tune of 117 million views.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Milan Clausi, Fr., California (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Milan Clausi rounds out her first Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships by dazzling the West Valley crowd with her 9.9 points on vault (T-3rd), 9.825 points on beam and 9.85 on the floor. The freshman from Salt Lake City has burst on the Gymnastics scene by posting career-high scores in beam, floor and vault this season. Her impact on the Bears this season has been felt tremendous. Clausi has performed 37 routines this season, 6 more than the next freshman in the conference. Her 39.30 points in the all-around ranked second-highest behind her teammate Maya Bordas’ 39.45 points. She has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times this year.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Valorie Kondos Field (Sacramento, Ca.)
As coach Valorie Kondos brings her illustrious coaching career to an end, she leads the Bruins to their 19th Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships. This is the fifth time in her illustrious career she has been named Coach of the Year by her fellow coaches. Miss Val to her peers and fans has achieve gymnastics royalty by coaching 20 student-athletes to 36 NCAA Individual Championships as an assistant and head coach. Miss Val has been a consistent pillar of excellence in her 28 years at the helm for the Bruins. She has left her mark on the UCLA program by molding it into one of the premier programs in the nation. Miss Val has taken after close friend and role model coach John Wooden’s philosophy of coaching stresses and balance integrity. Her philosophy and accomplishments throughout her career has cultivated her into being the second active coach to be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and named the Pac-12 Gymnastics Coach of the Century in 2016.