Stambaugh earns back-to-back gymnast honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the second straight week Oregon State's Makayla Stambaugh was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 18-24 as announced by the Pac-12 Conference office Tuesday. Utah's Lia Del Priore was selected as the Specialist of the Week and Washington's Allison Northey was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.
Stambaugh led then-No. 11 Oregon State to victory in Oregon State eighth annual Pink Out over then-No. 15 Arizona and Seattle Pacific. The Beavers posted a season-best score of 196.925 behind the leadership of Stambaugh and her 39.525 all-around total. She added a career-high 9.90 on the vault to finish second in the meet and added event titles on bars (9.90) and floor (9.950) tying her career-best. It is the second week in a row and fifth time in her career that Stambaugh has been recognized as the conference's gymnast of the week. She becomes just one of five gymnasts to ever receive five or more Gymnast of the Week honors and has more than any other OSU gymnast in history.
Del Priore scored a career-high 10.0 on the floor exercise helping to secure a win by the Utes over Stanford. The 10.0 crushed Del Priore's previous career-high of 9.85. Del Priore's perfect 10 is the third by a Pac-12 gymnast this season.
Northey, a freshman, performing in the all-around for the second time in her career earned Freshman/Newcomer of the Week for the second consecutive week as well. Her vault (9.825) and bars (9.85) scores earned top three finishes in the Huskies' win over Arizona State.
This week's award is the fifth GOW of Stambaugh's career and the 21st all-time for Oregon State.
The Beavers, ranked No. 9 this week, takes its final regular season road trip of the year when they visit the Bay Area to take on No. 12 Stanford and California in Palo Alto Friday at 7 p.m.
Oregon State hosts the 2013 Pac-12 Championships Saturday, Mar. 23, and the NCAA Corvallis Regional Championships, Saturday, Apr. 6. Tickets with seat allocations can be purchased at www.BeaverTickets.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or in person at the OSU Ticket Office inside Gill Coliseum.
Gymnast of the Week: Ashley Morgan, STAN; Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Lauren Rogers, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Alicia Asturias, CAL; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Amanda Spinner, STAN; Mattie Larson, UCLA; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Serena Leong, CAL; Erika Aufiero, OSU; Taylor Rice, STAN; Sophina DeJesus, UCLA.