Stambaugh honored for third straight week as top gymnast

Stambaugh honored for third straight week as top gymnast

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – For the third consecutive week Oregon State senior Makayla Stambaugh was selected as the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 25-Mar. 3 as announced by the Pac-12 Conference office Tuesday. UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa was selected as the Specialist of the Week and Arizona’s Shelby Edwards was selected as the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

Stambaugh led then-No. 9 Oregon State to its 10th highest score in school history, 197.175, in a second-place finish at Stanford. It marked the first time in more than a year the Beavers have reached the 197-point threshold. Stambaugh scored a meet-high 39.525 in the all-around. En route to her all-around title she performed near-flawless routines on uneven bars and floor exercise registering scores of 9.950 on each event.

Zamarripa, who received Specialist of the Week for the eighth time in her career, won two events for the Bruins scoring 9.95 on the vault and 9.90 on the bars.

Edwards, a freshman, established a career-high on the vault with a 9.85 and added an individual title on the balance beam with a 9.875. It was the second event title of Edwards’ career and is her second Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor.

This week’s award is the six GOW of Stambaugh’s career, a feat matched by only three other gymnasts in conference history – Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA), Carly Janiga (STAN) and Zamarripa, and the 22nd all-time for Oregon State.

The Beavers, ranked No. 10 this week, host the Comfort Suites Invitational this Saturday, Mar. 9, at 7 p.m. when No. 22 Washington and Sacramento State visit on Senior Night. OSU’s five seniors – Stambaugh, Kelsi Blalock, Hailey Gaspar, Melanie Jones and Stephanie McGregor will be honored following the meet.

Oregon State hosts the 2013 Pac-12 Championships Saturday, Mar. 23, and the NCAA Corvallis Regional Championships, Saturday, Apr. 6.

Also Nominated:
Gymnast of the Week: Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Mariesah Pierce, CAL; Shona Morgan, STAN; Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Tory Wilson, UTAH.

Special Performance of the Week: Jessie Sisler, ARIZ; Kristina Heymann, CAL; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Mary Beth Lofgren, UTAH.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Serena Leong, CAL; Nicole Turner, OSU; Taylor Rice, STAN; Sophina DeJesus, UCLA.