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UCLA Gymnastics Takes Down Stanford 196.925-196.200

Vanessa Zamarripa scores her 7th perfect 10 of her career, and the Bruins remain undefeated.

UCLA at Stanford, leading the Bruins fans in an 8-clap
UCLA at Stanford, leading the Bruins fans in an 8-clap

The #4 ranked Bruins improved their record to 4-0 on Saturday, with a 196.925 - 196.200 victory over Stanford in front of a full house of 1500 at Stanford on Saturday. Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around with an overall score of 39.675, tying her season high score. Zamarripa also scored a perfect 10 on the vault, along with winning floor exercise with a score of 9.925. Freshman Danusia Francis won the balance beam with a career high score of 9.925.

Full meet results are here.

The Bruins started the meet from behind. On the first rotation, with Stanford on vault and the Bruins on the uneven bars, Stanford stuck all their vaults, with a team score of 49.200, led by sophomore Ivana Hong's 9.90. (Hong only competed on one event last week at Cal, I wonder if they were trying to keep her fresh for UCLA...) On bars, UCLA scored 49.075, led by Vanessa Zamarripa's 9.85 (who could have been higher, although I think a slight arm break on her last handstand might have knocked her down a bit) and Lichelle Wong's 9.850.

In the second rotation, UCLA moved to the vault, and Stanford moved to the bars, and UCLA started to distance themselves from the Cardinal. Zamarripa scored a perfect 10, right when the team needed it to start putting the Cardinal away, and the Cardinal started to falter on the bars. Samantha Shapiro landed on her knees on her dismount, scoring a 9.175 (which was dropped) and Nicole Dayton fell from the bars, scoring 9.275, which did count. Hong once again led the Cardinal with a 9.875 on bars. After two rotations, the Bruins were up 98.375 to 97.825.

In the third rotation, UCLA moved to the floor, while Stanford moved to the beam. The Bruins were once again solid and spectacular on the floor, with all gymnasts scoring 9.8 and above, with Zamarripa leading the way with a 9.925 and Alyssa Pritchett with a beautiful routine scoring 9.875, and an overall team score of 49.325. Stanford kept the pressure on the Bruins with a spectacular beam set, also scoring a 49.325, led again by Hong with a 9.90 and Ashley Morgan with a 9.90. I was at the meet, and their composure on the beam was spectacular.

(What I don't get is the nonstop blaring music during an event. It's dead silent on all events except the floor when I was at US Olympic Trials.)

In the final rotation, UCLA moved to the beam and Stanford closed the meet on the floor. Francis led the way with a nearly perfect beam routine, scoring a 9.925, followed closely behind by Zamarripa at 9.90. Mattie Larson, the final Bruin competitor, fell on her aerial series, and scored a 9.325, but the score wound up being dropped from the overall team score of 49.225. Stanford scored 49.050 on the floor, with three gymnasts scoring 9.875.

It was a great atmosphere at the meet, as there were several Bruins in the crowd, leading eight claps and responding when the team initiated an 8 clap right back.

The new rankings and Pac-12 honors will come out on Monday. In the meantime, UCLA will be preparing for a quad meet on Sunday at 2pm, hosting Washington, UC Davis and Sacramento State. This will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.