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UCLA Gymnastics Improves to 7-0, Wins Quad Meet

UCLA takes down Sacramento State, UC Davis and Washington Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

Vanessa Zamarripa wins the all-around again.
Vanessa Zamarripa wins the all-around again.

UCLA Gymnastics remained undefeated this season, winning a quad meet on Sunday at Pauley, defeating Sacramento State, and UC Davis and Washington. The Bruins improved to 7-0 and posted a team score of 196.950, their second best team score of the season. Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around, with a total score of 39.625, along with winning the vault, bars and floor, and junior Olivia Courtney took second, with a score of 39.475. The 4,234 in attendance also scored a coupon for a free pizookie from BJ's thanks to Zamarripa's 9.95 on the vault.

Washington came in second with a team score of 195.95, UC Davis third with a score of 194.675, and Sacramento State fourth with a score of 193.925.

The Bruins also won on "Power of Pink" day, promoting and supporting breast cancer awareness. One of the individuals honored before the meet was Nan Muehlhausen, the daughter of John Wooden. The Bruins wore their normal blue leotards, but accented with pink jewels and pink t-shirts were given away (along with one lucky student winning an iPad mini.)

For full meet results, click here.

The Bruins began the day on vault, and started on a great note when Dana McDonald stuck her vault and scored a 9.8. Olivia Courtney scored a 9.9, and Zamarripa sealed the event for the Bruins with a 9.95, for an overall team score of 49.3. Washington came in second on the vault, with a team score of 48.95, led by Allison Northey's 9.875. UC Davis came in third on the vault, with a team score of 48.575, led by Anna Shumaker's 9.80, and Sacramento State came in fourth in the vault, scoring 48.425 and the high scorer was Kalliah McCartney with a 9.775.

On the bars, UCLA again won the event, posting a team score of 49.225. Zamarripa won the event with a 9.925, and Mattie Larson tied her season high score with a 9.875. Washington took second on the bars, scoring 49.125, led by Lauren Rogers and Phoebe Tham's 9.850. Sacramento State took third, with a team score of 48.825, led by Kaila Kilwein's 9.80. UC Davis barely missed third with a 48.775, led by Katie Yamamura's 9.825.

On the balance beam, UCLA barely won the event overall, scoring 49.075. Olivia Courtney and Danusia Francis led the way for the Bruins, each scoring 9.875. Mattie Larson rebounded from her fall last week at Stanford to tie her career high with a 9.850. Washington came in second, with a team score of 49.025. They were much more consistent on the beam overall compared to UCLA, with all scores in the 9.8 and 9.7 range. Paige Bixler was the high scorer for Washington, with a 9.850. UC Davis took third, scoring 48.575, led by Anna Shumaker's 9.850. Sacramento State came in fourth with a team score of 47.850, with McCartney leading the way with a 9.625.

UCLA swept the meet by taking the floor with an overall team score of 49.350. Zamarripa won the event with a 9.925 and Courtney contributed a 9.9. Danusia Francis competed for the first time with a score that counted this season on floor and contributed a 9.725, which included a deduction for stepping out out bounds (which she also did at Stanford as an exhibition, definitely something to work on!) Washington barely edged out Sacramento State for second on the floor, scoring 48.850 to Sacramento State's 48.825. Aliza Vaccher led Washington with a 9.850 while McCartney for Sacramento State also scored 9.850. UC Davis came in fourth with a 48.750, led by Stamates's 9.80.

The format of the quad meet started with each gymnast competing on their own, but eventually they had all four events running concurrently, which is confusing at times to watch but helped to move the meet along.

UCLA remains at number 4 overall, with an average score of 196.765. Florida still leads the country with an average score of 197.296 and scored a high of 198.10 over the weekend against #5 and defending national champion Alabama. UCLA is tied for first overall in the country in average team score on the floor.

The Bruins will be away from Pauley for the next three meets, with the Bruins traveling to Corvallis next week to take on 12th ranked Oregon State. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks at 7pm.