The UCLA Gymnastics team is gearing up for their final regular season meet of the season, welcoming the #15 Arkansas Razorbacks to Pauley Pavilion. The meet begins at 2pm. Sunday is a Blue Out - fans are encouraged to wear blue (although seriously, going to a UCLA event, you should be wearing blue in the first place!)
The meet will also be streamed live on pac-12.com.
Also, FINALLY - you can buy a UCLA Gymnastics t-shirt at the UCLA Store.
UCLA will honor their five seniors on Sunday after the meet. Let us give a round of applause to seniors Kaelie Baer, Monique de la Torre, Alyssa Pritchett, and Vanessa Zamarripa. These seniors won the NCAA title in 2010, three NCAA regional championships, and two Pac-12 championships. (Baer, Pritchett and Zamarripa have three as fifth year seniors.) This group of seniors has also been to the NCAA Championships the last three years, placing 2nd and third in the last two years. We will miss this group of seniors dearly.
The Razorbacks are currently ranked #15 in the nation, with a RQS of 196.090. Their average score is 195.764 and their high of the season is 197.100. With an overall record of 6-6-1, they might be disappointed but they are competing in the extremely difficult SEC. They did tie Alabama earlier this year, at 197.100 apiece. Their top events are vault and floor, and are also ranked in the top 25 in bars and beam. Their top individual gymnast is Katherine Grable, who is currently ranked 25th in the country in the all-around, with an RQS of 39.225.
If UCLA performs up to their ranking, which is an average score of 196.905, this meet should be a good tuneup heading into Pac-12s next week.
Mattie Larson out for the Season
Mattie Larson last week hurt her knee during warmups, and this week underwent knee surgery. When Mattie is on, she is a beautiful gymnast, and her scores on beam and bars will be missed. Everyone will be expected to step it up in her absence.
Pac-12 Awards of the Week
Congratulations to Alyssa Pritchett, who earned her first ever Special Performance of the Week award, for her career high 9.95 on the floor exercise last week. She currently leads the team averaging 9.889 on the floor for the season (on the average scores, she leads Zamarripa. Zamarripa is second in the country when you look at the RQS.)
Olivia Courtney was also nominated for Gymnast of the week and Danusia Francis was nominated for newcomer of the week.
Vanessa Zamarripa still holds a small lead over Joanne Sampson of Michigan as the top all-around gymnast in the country. She is ranked second in the vault, sixth on the bars, and fourth on the floor. Danusia Francis is tied for 15th on the beam.
Video of the Week:
No weekly interview this week, but someone did post the UCLA Gymnastics Intro Video. Enjoy. Go Bruins!