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Cal Finishes Seventh at Pac-12 Championships
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2013

March 24, 2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

The California women’s gymnastics team placed seventh overall at this year’s Pac-12 Championships hosted by Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Saturday. The Golden Bears used a 195.075 to claim third place in Session I of the championship’s two sessions, but dropped behind the hosting Beavers (197.850), UCLA (197.375), Utah (197.075), Stanford (196.625), Washington (195.875) and Arizona (195.525). Cal finished ahead of Arizona State (193.425).

“I was pleased with the end result. Our main focus was to come in here and be able to kick out one more road score to improve our RQS,” said Golden Bear head coach Justin Howell. “It wasn’t necessarily a perfect meet, and it wasn’t pretty at times, but we fought really hard from the start all the way from the start to the finish.”

Though no Cal gymnasts claimed a title in any of the events, the Golden Bears did not allow the pressure of competing in one of the nation’s strongest gymnastics conferences to rattle their overall performances. The team continued its recent trend of matching season and career-best scores, as five different Golden Bear gymnasts performed to their highest levels to help guide the team to its best conference championship finish since 2004.

The team started the meet in the Olympic rotation on vault, rocking the event with a 49.150 team total after all six athletes nailed their routines. Junior Dallas Crawford matched her career-best 9.85 score, and sophomore Maddie Kratzke made her season debut on the vault with a 9.70.

The Bears were on a roll heading into the uneven bars event, but their tempo was slowed as the first performer, sophomore Madison Kratzke, fell. The next performer up, senior Alicia Asturias, senior Madisyn O’Brien and Crawford to hit to help the Bears regain their momentum. Asturias tallied a 9.85 to match her career-best total, and both O’Brien and Crawford hit solid routines, but still needed a strong performance from freshman Jordan Widener to keep their overall score high.

“We found ourselves in that position where we would be counting a fall unless Jordan could hit a big number for us, and she did. I was really pleased and proud of how they came back from some an adversity and pulled out a decent beam score,” Howell said. “She has come such a long way. At the beginning of the season, I couldn’t have guessed this is where she’d be.”

Widener came through with another clutch performance to anchor the team as she matched her career-best with a 9.825. The Bears totaled a 48.875 on the bars, and heading into rotation three were tied evenly with Washington for the lead.

On the balance beam, an event that has given California trouble throughout the season, the team posted its lowest score of the night with a 48.150 after several shaky routines and being forced to count a fall. Pierce carried the team with a 9.85 performance to match her career high.

The Golden Bear gymnasts were put in an uncomfortable position of having to nail their floor routines for the team to meet its goal of breaking a 195.00 score, and they came through to register a 48.90 for the team. Asturias tallied a strong 9.85, along with a 9.80 and 9.75 from floor lineup regulars freshman Serena Leong and sophomore Crystal Paz, respectively. The team tally  was highlighted by a new career-best floor total of 9.725 by Widener.

Both Pierce and Asturias competed in the all-around for the Blue and Gold, posting a 38.875 and 38.675 respectively.

After the meet, Howell was the recipient of the Pac-12 Coach of the Year award and Leong was awarded the Freshman/Newcomer of the Year title.

The Golden Bears now await the announcement of the 2013 NCAA Regional Championships, to be determined Monday at 12 p.m. PT live on www.NCAA.com. Competition locations will be selected based on final RQS scores as well as available hosts and regional proximity. The Bears will host a watch party open to the public at noon in the Cronk Room of California Memorial Stadium.

Pac-12 Championship Event Winners

Vault

Place

 Gymnast

 Team

Score 

1

 Vanessa Zamarripa

 UCLA

10.000 

2

 Makayla Stambaugh

 Oregon State

9.950 

2

 Kelsi Blalock

 Oregon State

9.950 

2

 Olivia Courtney

 UCLA

9.950 

2

 Georgia Dabritz

 Utah

9.950 

2

 Tory Wilson

 Utah

9.950

 

Uneven Bars

Place

 Gymnast

 Team

Score 

1

 Makayla Stambaugh

 Oregon State

9.975 

2

 Stephanie McGregor

 Oregon State

9.950 

2

 Brittany Harris

 Oregon State

9.950 

2

 Vanessa Zamarripa

 UCLA

9.950 

 

Balance Beam

Place

 Gymnast

 Team

Score 

1

 Amanda Spinner

 Stanford

9.925 

1

 Vanessa Zamarripa

 UCLA

9.925 

3

 Chelsea Tang

 Oregon State

9.900 

3

 Paige Bixler

 Washington

9.900 

Floor Exercise

Place

 Gymnast

 Team

Score 

1

 Melanie Jones

 Oregon State

9.950 

1

 Ashley Morgan

 Stanford

9.950 

1

 Olivia Courtney

 UCLA

9.950

 

All-Around

Place

 Gymnast

 Team

Score 

1

 Vanessa Zamarripa

 UCLA

39.750 

2

 Ivana Hong

 Stanford

39.575 

3

 Olivia Courtney

 UCLA

39.550

 


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