Senior Samantha Peszek and sophomore Danusia Francis have each earned Pac-12 Weekly honors, as Peszek was named Gymnast of the Week and Francis Specialist of the Week honors for the first time this season.
For the second week in a row, Peszek won the all-around with a career-high score, this time scoring a 39.7 on Sunday in the win over Utah State and Bowling Green. Peszek also earned victories on vault (career-high-tying 9.95) and bars (9.975) and was second on beam (9.925) and fourth on floor (9.85). Her marks helped UCLA earn its third 197 score in a row and its best home score of the season, 197.050. Peszek is 2-for-2 in all-around wins this year, having just started competing all four events on Mar. 7. She has totaled 13 out of a possible 24 individual victories. This is her first Gymnast of the Week honor of the season. She also has three Special Performance of the Week awards.
Francis earned her first weekly honor of the season after scoring her first career perfect 10 and only the eighth 10 on beam in UCLA history. Francis, who has the most innovative beam routine in collegiate gymnastics, finished a flawless routine by sticking her sideways side aerial to layout full dismount (a move that only she has done). She also scored 9.875 on floor to place third and 9.85 on bars to tie for fifth. Francis has scored 9.9 or better on beam in seven of eight meets this year and has four event victories.
California's Jessica Howe was named the Freshman of the Week.
UCLA competes in the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday, Mar. 22 at 1pm in Berkeley. The Championships will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
Gymnast of the Week: Kaytianna McMillan, OSU; Tory Wilson, UTAH; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Serena Leong, CAL; Erika Aufiero, OSU; Georgia Dabritz, UTAH.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Hallie Mossett, UCLA.
2014 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week
Jan. 7: Alicia Asturias, CAL; Jan. 14: Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Jan. 21: Kristina Vaculik, STAN; Jan. 28: Chelsea Tang, OSU; Feb. 4: Tory Wilson, UTAH; Feb. 11: Tory Wilson, UTAH; Feb. 18: Sydney Sawa, UCLA; Feb. 25: Kristina Vaculik, STAN; Mar. 4: Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Mar. 11: Kristina Vaculik, STAN.
2014 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week
Jan. 7: Amanda Spinner, STAN; Jan. 14: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Jan. 21: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Jan. 28: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Feb. 4: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH; Feb. 11: Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Feb. 18: Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Feb. 25: Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Mar. 4: Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Mar. 11: Georgia Dabritz, UTAH.
2014 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Jan. 7: Charlie Owens, CAL; Jan. 14: Angi Cipra, UCLA; Jan. 21: Rachel Daum, STAN; Jan. 28: Charlie Owens, CAL; Feb. 4: Hallie Mossett, UCLA; Feb. 11: Hallie Mossett, UCLA; Feb. 18: Jessica Howe, CAL; Feb. 25: Nicolette McNair, STAN; Mar. 4: Selynna Felix-Terrazas, ARIZ; Mar. 11: Madeline Gardiner, OSU.