UCLA Sweeps First Pac-12 Gymnastics Weekly Honors

Jan. 10, 2012

UCLA swept the first ever Pac-12 Gymnastics weekly awards, with sophomore Samantha Peszek and senior Tauny Frattone being awarded the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Jan. 2-8.

Peszek, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., led the No. 1 Bruins past No. 5 Utah on Jan. 8 in a meet that went down to the wire. UCLA earned the nail-biting win, 196.075-196.025, in its Conference opener in front of a sellout crowd. UCLA jumped out to a fast start on the vault behind career-highs from Peszek (9.925) and Frattone (9.95). On the uneven bars, Peszek's 9.825 helped keep UCLA's lead to over a point. A shaky beam rotation by UCLA cut the lead considerably, but it was Peszek's 9.825 that helped keep UCLA ahead going into the last rotation, and her 9.875 on floor helped secure the victory.

Tying her career best of 9.95 on the vault, Frattone's performance in the opening rotation provided the Bruins with a strong start and the highest event score in the nation on any event during opening week. A native of Lake Forest, Calif., Frattone also performed well on the floor, earning a 9.875 to finish in a tie for second place.

The Special Performance of the Week nod is Frattone's third of her career; she won the award twice in 2011. This is Peszek's first Gymnast of the Week award. She had previously earned Special Performance of the Week honors last season.

UCLA will next travel to California on Jan. 15 at 2pm.

Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week:
Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Stephanie McAllister, UTAH; Ruby Engreitz, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Katie Matusik, ARIZ; Kailah Delaney, UTAH; McKenzie Fechter, WASH.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
vs. Meet the Bruins
Los Angeles, CA
-, -
Sunday, Jan 10
vs. Alabama
Los Angeles, CA
W, 196.550 - 196.300
Friday, Jan 15
at Florida
Gainesville, FL
L, 196.925 - 197.675
Saturday, Jan 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 196.800 - 196.475
Monday, Feb 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 195.175 - 196.375
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
W, 197.100 - 197.075
Saturday, Feb 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 1:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Georgia and Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Apr 02 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Friday, Apr 15 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Fort Worth, TX