Gymnastics Pac-12 Power Rankings (Jan. 30)
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 16:01
1. No. 4 UCLA
The Bruins finally had their first road meet of the season, but showed why they’re No. 4 in the nation with a score of 196.375 in a win over Arizona State. Vanessa Zamarippa continues to show why she has the second-highest all-around score in the nation, with a 9.950 on vault in the last meet. Sophina DeJesus earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors with a consistent effort — scoring between a 9.800 and a 9.875 in uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
2. No. 11 Stanford
Stanford was led by Ashley Morgan in Saturday’s meet against Cal, which saw the Cardinal score a season-high 196.450. Morgan won vault and floor, scoring a 9.925 in both and won all-around with a 39.225. She was awarded Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week. Stanford faces its toughest test of the year this Saturday when UCLA comes to Palo Alto, Calif.
3. No. 9 Utah
The Utes were barely edged by Stanford for the second slot. Utah has the Pac-12 individual leader in vault (Tory Wilson — averaging a 9.333) and uneven bars (Georgia Dabritz — averaging a 9.883).
4. No. 14 Oregon State
The Beavers have improved their team score in each of the first four weeks, notching a 196.825 in the Metroplex Challenge against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Georgia and Washington. Kelsi Blalock, in her first time competing in all-around, finished third with a 39.425. Makayla Stambaugh and Stephanie McGregor led the Beavers to a season-high 49.425 in bars, each scoring a 9.925.
5. No. 12 Arizona
Despite a loss to Utah, the Wildcats scored a season-high team total of 196.075 last week. Arizona has been the mark of consistency in the Pac-12, scoring between 195.850 and 196.075 in the last three meets.
6. No. 20 California
Cal is the sixth Pac-12 team (there are only eight Pac-12 schools with gymnastics programs) in the top 20. The Golden Bears fell in a bit of a rut in the two meets before last week with scores under 195, but came back with their highest score of the season last week vs. Stanford. Madisyn O’Brien is tied for second in the conference in uneven bars.
7. Arizona State
The Sun Devils got off to a sluggish start, with scores of 193.625 and 194.350 in their first two meets. ASU has improved though, and passed Washington this week to avoid being ranked last in the conference. Natasha Sundby scored a 9.900 in last week’s meet against UCLA, and the Sun Devils actually topped the Bruins on the floor exercise in the meet.
Unlike Oregon State, the Huskies did not play at the level of their highly-ranked opponents at the Metroplex Challenge, finishing last with a 194.800. A bad sign for the Huskies: Their best team score of the season was in their first meet.