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Utah's Maile O'Keefe named 2023 Pac-12 Gymnastics Specialist of the Year, presented by Gatorade

Women's Gymnastics
Mar 20, 2023
O'Keefe has now collected three straight Pac-12 Annual Awards after being named the 2021 Gymnast of the Year and the Pac-12 Specialist of the Year each of the last two seasons. The senior "beam queen" had another outstanding year on the event, leading the country in NQS (9.980) and scoring a 9.90 or better on all but one routine. Her three Perfect 10s on beam this season matched her own program record for most in a season, while she set a new Utah program record for most career 10.0s on beam with seven. The Las Vegas native has a team-best 12 event victories in 2023 and has hit 28 out of 29 routines. O'Keefe has also scored a 9.90 or better on bars in half of the competitions and in four of six floor routines this season. Forced into being an emergency all-around competitor after a teammates injury late in the season, O'Keefe delivered for the Utes, taking second in the all-around behind Carey and finishing in the top three on beam and bars to help Utah win its third straight Pac-12 title at the 2023 Championships. She earned back-to-back Specialist of the Week honors this year, giving her 11 total weekly awards for her career (Note: O'Keefe remained eligible for the Specialist award due to not having a NQS for the all-around).