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UCLA Gymnastics at Washington - Preview and Open Thread

The #9 UCLA Gymnastics team travels to Seattle this weekend to take on the #23 Washington Huskies. This will be live on Pac-12 Networks and you can follow UCLA's twitter account (@uclagymnastics) for updates during the meet.

In last week's news, congratulations to Sam Peszek who earned Pac-12 Special Performance of the week honors for her 10 on the uneven bars and a 9.95 on the balance beam, and also to Hallie Mossett, who won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row, who won the all-around last week with a 39.325.

The Bruins are coming off a victory over Arizona State, and this is the last "cupcake" type meet for the Bruins for a while. While all the Pac-12 schools are ranked, there is a divide between the top schools and the lower ranked schools.

Washington is currently ranked #23, with an average score of 195.030. They hit a season high last week, scoring 196.020 in a loss versus Stanford. Their best event is uneven bars, with an average team score of 49.010 and ranked 13th in the country. They are 18th on balance beam with a score of 48.645, and 23rd on the floor with 48.895. For comparison, the Bruins are ranked #9 overall, 10th in the vault with a score of 49.230, 7th on the uneven bars with a 49.195, 14th on the balance beam with a 48.815, and 6th on the floor with a 49.245. Just like last week, as long as UCLA performs up to their averages, they will should defeat Washington. This is also a good week to possibly throw someone into the lineup to give them a more extended look than an exhibition, and to just work out kinks in the program before UCLA takes on Stanford next week.

Washington is led by three gymnasts - Senior Aliza Vaccher, Sophomore Allison Northey, and Freshman Janae Janik, all former Junior Olympians. Vaccher is currently ranked 38th in the country in the all-around, and Northey is ranked 68th. Vaccher is the most consistent of the three on the four apparatuses.

As long as the Bruins stay upright, the Bruins should cruise to victory. This is your open thread. Go Bruins.

<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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