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UCLA Gymnastics Takes Down #2 Team In The Nation

From the diaries. Kyle over at Dawgsports has the Georgia pov. Sounds like a very impressive win for our Lady Bruins. Congrats all around. GO BRUINS. -N

I don't really follow our gymnastics team, I just know we usually have a very good team, but this article on the official website's front page caught my eye as it looked like our Bruins had a great day today. Apparently our gymnastics team is ranked #6 in the nation and today hosted #2 Georgia.

The two programs have been by far the most dominant of the past decade with the 2 schools combining to win 9 of the past 10 NCAA titles. Overall, UCLA has won five NCAA titles (2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1997), while Georgia has won seven, including the last two consecutive (2006, 2005, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1989, 1987). Not onlt have the teams had great success, but the individuals on the teams have as well. UCLA features a former Olympian and Georgia features 2 while the 2 teams have 13 athletes who have appeared for either the U.S. or Canadian National Teams.

This was obviously a star-studded and highly anticipated meet and it lived up to its billing. In front of 4,552 fans at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins defeated the Bulldogs 197.150-197.00 to end Georgia's 27-meet and 57-opponent winning streak.

Gymnastics works where there are 4 events and each team rotates between the 4, giving a meet 4 rotations. The events are uneven bars, vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Each team has 6 competitors per rotation and each person is scored out of 10. The points are then added up and the team with the most points wins.

UCLA took a lead after the first rotation where they were on the vault. Georgia then took the lead back from the Bruins after the 2nd rotation. After the 3rd rotation UCLA took a slight lead. The dramatics continued into the fourth rotation where Georgia took a lead with one competitor left for the Bruins. Fr. Anna Li was up for the Bruins needed a 9.775 to win the meet for the Bruins and the entire arena was focused on her. She came through in a big way, scoring a career-high 9.9 to win the meet for the Bruins. WAY TO GO BRUINS!!!

Again, I do not follow gymnastics and only see it during the Olympics so if anybody else out there knows about gymnastics or was there today please chime in and fill in anything I missed or correct anything I incorrectly stated.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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