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Sydney Sawa Named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week
By: UCLA Athletics

UCLA senior Sydney Sawa was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the first time in her career.

Sawa won the all-around with a career-high 39.45, along with two events (beam and floor) to lead UCLA to a 196.675-195.650 road win at Washington. Sawa sealed the all-around win with a career-high 9.925 on beam to take first place on the event. She also earned a first-place showing on floor, tying with two teammates with a score of 9.9. Sawa played pivotal roles in the team's lineup, leading off the meet on bars and anchoring on floor and beam. Her marks helped the Bruins score a road season-best team total of 196.675. With her 9.9 on floor, she earned her sixth 9.9+ mark on that event in as many meets and ninth 9.9 overall. She averages 9.925 on floor, 9.863 on vault and 9.810 on bars. Sawa has seven individual wins this season, including a team-high four on floor.

Sawa is the fifth Bruin to earn Pac-12 Weekly honors this year. Olivia Courtney was also honored as Gymnast of the Week. Samantha Peszek earned Special Performance of the Week honors last week, and both Angi Cipra and Hallie Mossett (twice) have won Freshman of the Week awards.

Oregon State's Madeline Gardiner was voted Specialist of the Week, and California’s Jessica Howe was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

UCLA hosts Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6pm in Pauley Pavilion.

Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week:
Allison Flores, ARIZ; Chelsea Tang, OSU; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Jessie Sisler, ARIZ; Serena Leong, CAL; Sadiqua Bynum, UCLA; Jackie McCartin, WASH.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Krysten Howard, ARIZ; Madeline Gardiner, OSU; Jennifer Pinches, UCLA; Alexandra Yacalis, WASH.

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.

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.

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.

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