Stanford gymnast earns Pac-12 Conference weekly award

Stanford senior gymnast Amanda Spinner was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

Stanford senior Amanda Spinner is the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week in women's gymnastics. Photo by Don Feria/
Spinner, the reigning Pac-12 Specialist of the Year and Pac-12 co-champion on beam, picked up right where she left off and delivered a 9.850 at the NorCal Quad Meet at Sacramento State to tie for the individual title on the event.

Stanford won the season-opening meet, defeating California, Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State.

Spinner's clutch performance in the anchor position was especially important considering the gymnast before her had a fall. By hitting her routine and recording Stanford's highest score on the event, Spinner helped give Stanford an early lead and eventually win the competition.

Spinner has hit 100 percent of her collegiate routines dating to Feb. 12, 2012.

California's Alicia Asturias and Charlie Owens were named Gymnast of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.

Stanford plays host to No. 8 Georgia this Sunday at 2 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. Admission is free.


Stanford junior Ty Montgomery was named the recipient of the Jet Award, presented to the nation's top kick return specialist.

Montgomery led the nation with a 31.2 yards per kickoff return average while taking a pair of kicks back for touchdowns. Montgomery ranked ninth with 161.0 all-purpose yards per game and had 10 games with at least 100 plus all-purpose yards.

A consensus All-American at kick returner, Montgomery earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors at kick returner and second-team honors at wide receiver.

Montgomery, who travels to New Haven, Conn. this weekend for the Walter Camp All-America Weekend, will be honored at the award ceremony, which will take place April 10 at the Ralston Arena in Omaha.

The keynote speaker will be Jay Harris of ESPN. The award event funds the Johnny Rodgers Career and Technical Education Scholarship at Metropolitan Community College.

Veteran college football return specialists will be honored with Legacy awards each year as well. Former LSU Tiger and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon was awarded the 2012 Legacy award. This year, a veteran return specialist from the 1960's will receive the Legacy award.

Stanford, meanwhile, finished 11th in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll following the Cardinal's 24-20 loss to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl last week. Florida State, which won the BCS championship game Monday, finished No. 1. National runner-up Auburn was No. 2 with Michigan State No. 3.

— Stanford Athletics


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