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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:33

UCLA’s Ross, Lee Earn Pac-12 Gymnastics Weekly Honors

UCLA's Kyla Ross earned her first Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honor, while Christine Peng-Peng Lee earned her third Pac-12 Specialist of the Week award in four weeks.


Ross won the all-around at the Metroplex Challenge, scoring a career-high 39.7. The two-time NCAA champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist also won the vault with a career-high-tying 9.925 and tied for first on uneven bars with a 9.925 to record her third consecutive win on the event. She also earned Top 3 finishes on balance beam (9.975) and floor exercise (9.875). Ross' all-around score of 39.7 was the highest by a Bruin since Samantha Peszek scored 39.7 in 2014.


Lee continued UCLA's streak of winning every Pac-12 Specialist of the Week award this season, taking her third in four weeks and her seventh career. She is one off the Pac-12 record held by UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa and Utah's Georgia Dabritz. Lee's 10.0 on balance beam at the Metroplex Challenge was her second career perfect 10 on beam and fourth perfect 10 overall. Lee is ranked No. 1 in the nation on beam with a season average of 9.925, and her 10.0 score helped UCLA earn a season-high 49.625 on beam.


Joining the Bruin duo in winning the weekly awards was Arizona State's Cairo Leonard-Baker, who earned her third consecutive Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week award.


No. 4 UCLA will host No. 1 Oklahoma on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 pm.


Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Madison Cindric, ARIZ; Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Toni-Ann Williams, CAL; Mary Jacobsen, OSU; Elizabeth Price, STAN; MaKenna Merrell-Giles, UTAH; Hailey Burleson, WASH.


Specialist of the Week: Christina Berg, Nichelle Christopherson, ASU; Sylvie Seilnacht, CAL; Maela Lazaro, OSU; Lauren Navarro, STAN, Kari Lee, UTAH; Haley Roy, WASH.


Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Payton Bellows, ARIZ; Kaitlyn Yanish, OSU; Kyla Bryant, STAN; Nia Dennis, UCLA; Alexia Burch, UTAH.


2018 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 9: MyKayla Skinner, Utah; Jan. 16: MyKayla Skinner, Utah; Jan. 23: Elizabeth Price, Stanford; Jan. 30: Kyla Ross, UCLA.


2018 Pac-12 Specialist of the Week

Jan. 9: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Jan. 16: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Jan. 23: Grace Glenn, UCLA; Jan. 30: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA.


2018 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week

Jan. 9: Kyana George, California; Jan. 16: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Jan. 23: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Jan. 30: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU.

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