March 20, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Aubree Cristello has been recognized by the Pacific-12 Conference as Gymnast of the Week for the week of Mar. 12-18 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Cristello, a junior from Glenville, NY, won the all-around by tying her career high score of 39.475. Her scores from the meet contributed to the Wildcats’ season high score of 196.525 and first place victory over Bridgeport (192.575), Utah State (192.975), and the Air Force Academy (192.175) in last Friday’s meet. To put into perspective how much she contributed, without Cristello’s performances, the team would’ve put up a score of 195.200 – almost a point and a half lower than the actual score posted.
Cristello proved to be a powerhouse for the team on each event, earning event titles on vault and floor with scores of 9.875 and 9.925, and made significant contributions on both the bars (9.850) and beam (9.825), placing second and third, respectively.
Cristello’s score of 9.925 on floor marker her ninth total score of 9.90 or better, and her eighth score this season. Because Cristello posted this score, Arizona has now completed 11 consecutive meets with at least one score of 9.90 or better this year.
These scores also place Cristello in the Arizona Gymnastics record books to take the ninth best all-around performance in Arizona history, as well as rank her No. 14 in the nation.
Cristello's Gymnast of the Week Award is her second (GOW the week of Feb. 8, 2011), and is Arizona's first this season.
This coming Saturday the Cats will look to leadership from Cristello once again, as they prepare to compete in the inaugural Pac-12 Championships set to be held at the University of Utah on March 24.
Gymnast of the Week: Leslie Mak, OSU, Corrie Lorthrop, Utah; Lauren Rogers, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Katie Matusik, ARIZ; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Ruby Engreitz, WASH.
2012 Pac-12 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 10 Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Jan. 17 Leslie Mak, OSU; Jan. 24 Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Jan. 31 Ruby Engreitz, Wash; Feb. 7 Corrie Lothrop, Utah; Feb. 14 Leslie Mak, OSU; Feb. 21 Makayla Stambaugh, OSU; Feb. 28 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Mar. 6 Nicole Pechanec, STAN; Mar. 13 Samantha Peszek, UCLA; Mar. 20 Aubree Cristello, ARIZ
2012 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week: Jan. 10 Tauny Frattone, UCLA; Jan. 17 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 24 Leslie Mak, OSU; Jan. 31 Cortni Beers, Utah; Feb. 7 Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Feb. 14 Melanie Jones OSU; Feb. 21 Leslie Mak, OSU; Feb. 28 Kyndal Robarts, Utah; Mar. 6 Kyndal Robarts, Utah; Mar. 13 Tauny Frattone, UCLA; Mar. 20 Kailah Delaney, Utah