Samantha Peszek Named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 24, 2012

Peszek's 9.9 on Balance Beam

Sophomore Samantha Peszek was selected as the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22 after winning the all-around Jan. 22 with a career-high score of 39.5.

Peszek has continued her scintillating start to the season, helping the Bruins record a national best 197.575 in its Sunday meet against San Jose State. The Indianapolis, Ind., native won the all-around for the third time in as many meets and was also first on balance beam with a score of 9.9. She scored 9.875 on her other three events to place second on floor, fourth on and fifth on bars. Through three meets this year, she has averaged 39.476 in the all-around and has scored 9.875 or higher on seven of her 12 routines, with no score under 9.775.

This is Peszek's second Gymnast of the Week award this season and third conference award of her career, having earned Special Performance of the Week honors in 2011.

Oregon State's Leslie Mak received Special Performance of the Week honors after scoring 9.95 on beam in the Beavers' win over Arizona.

UCLA travels to Washington on Friday, Jan. 27.

Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week:
Deanna Graham, ARIZ; Beate Jones, ASU; Nicole Pechanec, STAN
Special Performance of the Week: Katie Matusik, ARIZ; Kahoku Palafox, ASU; Rebecca Wing, STAN; Tauny Frattone, UCLA.

2012 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week
Jan. 10: Samantha Peszek, UCLA
Jan. 17: Leslie Mak, Oregon State
Jan. 24: Samantha Peszek, UCLA

2012 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week
Jan. 10: Tauny Frattone, UCLA
Jan. 17: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA
Jan. 24: Leslie Mak, Oregon State

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. NCAA Regionals
Salt Lake City, UT
2nd, 196,375
Friday, Apr 15
vs. NCAA Team Semifinals
Fort Worth, TX
3rd, 196.700
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. NCAA Super Six
Fort Worth, TX
5th, 196.825