Sunday, Feb. 16 - 2:00 pm PT
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UCLA at Washington Sunday
The ninth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team (3-2, 3-1 in the Pac-12) hits the road for a Sunday afternoon matchup at Washington at 2 pm in Alaska Airlines Arena.
In the Rankings
UCLA remains ranked No. 9 in the nation with a season average of 196.485 . The Bruins are ranked No. 6 on floor (49.245), No. 7 on bars (49.195), No. 10 on vault (49.230) and No. 14 on beam (48.815). Samantha Peszek is No. 1 in the nation on beam with a season average of 9.938 and is No. 3 on bars (9.917). Sydney Sawa ranks No. 3 on floor (9.930). Olivia Courtney ranks 9th in the all-around (39.425), 12th on vault (9.9) and 17th on bars (9.865). Danusia Francis ranks 8th on beam (9.869), and Hallie Mossett ranks 24th on floor (39.200).
Bruins Score Season-High in Win over ASU
UCLA earned a season-high 196.925 in a nearly two-point lead over Arizona State, who scored 194.950. Redshirt junior Samantha Peszek scored her first career perfect 10 on the uneven bars and tied her career-best on beam with a 9.95. The Bruins opened a large lead on the Sun Devils after scoring a season-high 49.525 on bars. UCLA’s final three competitors on bars all went for career-high marks, with Olivia Courtney scoring 9.925, Sophina DeJesus earning a 9.975 and Peszek reaching perfection. The Bruins also posted a season-high on beam with a 49.175, led by Peszek’s career-high-tying 9.95. Hallie Mossett won the all-around with a career-high 39.325.
Redshirt junior Samantha Peszek scored her first-ever perfect 10 on Feb. 8 with a flawless routine on the uneven bars. Her perfect 10 was the 101st in UCLA history and the first on uneven bars since Anna Li at the 2010 NCAA Regionals. Peszek’s perfect 10 is even more impressive considering she had only competed four routines in two meets prior to it. She sat out two meets due to a stress reaction in her heel and was previously sidelined for the entire 2013 season with a torn Achilles.
Bruin Duo Earns Weekly Pac-12 Honors
Samantha Peszek earned Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honors for her perfect 10 on bars and career-high 9.95 on beam, and Hallie Mossett repeated as Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after winning the all-around with a career-high 39.325 vs. Arizona State. Peszek’s honor is the second of her career. Mossett’s is her second as well.
About the Huskies
Washington is coming off a season-best performance against Stanford, scoring 196.2 in a .625 home loss to the Cardinal. The Huskies had three gymnasts score over 39.0 in the all-around - Aliza Vaccher and Allison Northey (39.275) and Janae Janik (39.125).
The Series with Washington
UCLA is 56-3 all-time against Washington. The Bruins won both meetings last year, with UCLA outscoring the Huskies by a point in a quad meet at UCLA and at the Pac-12 Championships, where the second-place Bruins finished 1.5 points ahead of fifth-place Washington. The Huskies won the last meeting in Seattle in 2012, 194.600-195.350, after problems on uneven bars and balance beam.
UCLA seniors Olivia Courtney and Sydney Sawa have undoubtedly been the team leaders this season. Their competitive experience and edge has shown in all five meets, with Courtney totaling eight 9.9+ scores and Sawa seven, including a 9.975 each (Courtney on vault vs. Florida and Sawa on floor vs. Oregon State). Each also has four event victories (Courtney with three on vault and one on floor and Sawa with three on floor and one on vault).
Courtney is an eight-time All-American who has won four Pac-12 individual titles, the most of any active gymnast in the conference. She has career-best marks of 9.9 or better on all four events, including 9.975 on vault and 9.95 on floor. Sawa earned All-America honors on floor exercise in 2011 and holds career-high marks of 9.9 or better on vault, bars and floor, including 9.975 on floor and 9.95 on vault.
Mossett Most Consistent
Freshman Hallie Mossett has been one of UCLA’s most consistent athletes, hitting all 16 routines she has competed this season. All 16 routines have scored 9.75 or better, and she averages 9.775 on vault and over 9.8 on bars, beam and floor. Prior to this season, Mossett had missed two years of competition due to injuries. She had two hip surgeries related to a car accident and then tore her ACL during her senior year of high school. Mossett, who has two all-around wins in as many attempts, was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week a week ago.
Craddock Beaming as Leadoff
UCLA has found its leadoff beam performer in redshirt sophomore Ellette Craddock. In the ever-important leadoff role, Craddock has excelled, averaging 9.808, with a high of 9.825 set last the last two weeks. Not coincidentally, the Bruins have scored their highest team scores on beam with Craddock hitting in the leadoff spot - 48.825 at Utah, 49.05 at Cal and 49.175 vs. ASU.
Pinches Back in the Saddle
Freshman Jennifer Pinches made her collegiate debut on Jan. 19, competing for the first time since the 2012 Olympics. Pinches, who retired after the Olympic Games, decided to return to the sport after UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field recruited her in 2013. Pinches signed with UCLA in August and came to Westwood a month later for preseason training. A broken toe had prevented her from training fully, but she made a successful return vs. Oregon State with a vault that scored 9.625. She improved upon her score at Utah, scoring 9.8, and added floor exercise to her repertoire at Cal, performing in an exhibition that scored 9.725.
Francis Makes History with Beam Dismount
Sophomore Danusia Francis achieved a gymnastics first on Jan. 11, becoming the first gymnast to do a sideways side aerial into a layout full dismount off the side of the beam. The difficult and innovative combo paved the way for a 9.9 score. She improved upon her score on Jan. 19, earning 9.925 to place first, and she tied her career-best on Jan. 25 at Utah with a 9.95. Last season at the NCAA Event Finals, Francis became the first collegiate gymnast to do a sideways side aerial on beam.
Francis, who tuned up for the season by competing at the World University Games, has been amazingly consistent, hitting all 41 of her collegiate routines in team competition without a fall.
Conference of Champions
The Pac-12 Conference leads the nation with all eight teams ranked in the Top 25. Utah is 4th, UCLA 9th, Stanford 10th, Oregon State 13th, Arizona 17th, Arizona State 22nd, Washington 23rd, and California 24th. All eight Pac-12 teams were also ranked in the preseason Top 25.
UCLA hosts Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 pm.