The UCLA Gymnastics team travels to Berkeley this weekend to determine who is the best team in the Pac-12 among the eight gymnastics schools. The Bruins will be competing in the first session, with Utah, Oregon State and Stanford, and is the 2 seed. Usually the 1-4 seeds would compete in the evening, but Berkeley is the host, and they're seeded 5th, so morning it is!
This will be televised at 1pm on Pac-12 Networks. Live stats will be available here.
In UCLA's session, we will be taking on Stanford (whom we beat) Oregon State (whom we beat) and Utah (1-1 this season.) The Bruins are currently ranked 7th, Utah is 5th, Stanford is 10th, and Oregon State is 11th. Our rotation starts on bars, then to beam, floor and finishing on vault. All the teams are great, but I don't think Stanford has the firepower to keep up with the other three teams, and Oregon State seems to have fallen off. If Utah and UCLA perform at the same level they did two weeks ago in a tri-meet, this should be a competition down to the wire.
Congratulations to Samantha Peszek and Danusia Francis, who were named Pac-12 Gymnast and Specialist of the week. Sam Peszek went 2-2 in the all-around this season, with a phenomenal 39.70 this week, along with winning vault and bars, and Francis scored the first 10 of her career on the balance beam. Hallie Mossett was nominated for Pac-12 Freshman of the week.
In this week's Bruin Banter, there won't be major changes to the lineups this week, with the only possible change of adding Ellette Craddock back on the floor, moving Jen Pinches to the anchor spot, and more pressure on Sam Peszek to return next year.
The Bruins have won 16 Pac-12 Championships, Oregon State has 6, and Stanford has 5. This weekend will also crown the Coach of the Year, Gymnast of the Year, Freshman/Newcomer of the year, Specialist of the Year, and Student Athlete of the year. I personally would nominate Hallie Mossett for Freshman of the year, and Danusia Francis for Specialist of the year, solely for her beam work.
The champion will come out of the first session, and it will be either Utah or UCLA. Let's Go Bruins.