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#4 UCLA Gymnastics Takes on North Carolina in Final Meet of the Season

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After defeating UC Berkeley in front of a record crowd, UCLA’s final meet of the season will be at home against North Carolina.

Katelyn Ohashi became the fourth Bruin to score a perfect 10 this season.

The 10s kept rolling in as the Bruins defeated the UC Berkeley Bears 197.525-196.800 last weekend. Katelyn Ohashi became the fourth Bruin to earn a perfect 10 last weekend (balance beam), which also earned her the title of Pac 12 Specialist of the Week (her second in three weeks) and UCLA Student Athlete of the Week. Two other Bruins came close to the magic number, with senior Christine Peng-Peng Lee scoring 9.975 on both uneven bars and balance beam, and freshman Kyla Ross nearly scoring her third 10 of the season on bars, also earning a 9.975.

Here is Katelyn’s routine, courtesy of UCLA Athletics:

And here is her post meet interview, again courtesy of UCLA Athletics:

After a slow start on vault, UCLA and UC Berkeley were pretty much dead even, but the Bruins were able to pull away on the other events with scores of 49.55 on bars and beam. UCLA ended the meet on floor exercise with a 49.325, led by Ohashi's meet-winning 9.925.

For their final meet of the season, UCLA will play host to North Carolina today in Pauley Pavillion at 12:00pm/PT. The Tar Heels are coming off of their third win of the season against William and Mary, which was their fourth win overall. UNC is lead by head coach Derek Galvin, who is in his 36th year of coaching the Tar Heels, and is only the third coach in North Carolina gymnastics history. At their last meet, Morgan Lane finished third in the all-around competition behind Briana Gironda and Olivia O'Connor of William and Mary with a score of 38.425. This score brings Lane's streak of 39.000 or better scores to an end at 16 consecutive meets, which is the longest such streak in UNC program history. Lane has been Carolina's top performer all season, scoring a 39.000 in the all-around in seven of eight meets. She is currently ranked 19th nationally in the all-around with a RQS (Regional Qualifying Score) of 39.265.

Freshman Khazia Hislop earned first place honors in both of her events, scoring a 9.875 on floor and a 9.850 on beam. On floor, Hislop scored above 9.850 for the seventh meet in a row after receiving a score of 9.875. Tying William & Mary’s Briana Gironda for first, Hislop earned a 9.850 on beam and extended her streak of scoring at least 9.800 to six consecutive weeks. She has scored at least 9.775 on beam in all but the first competition of this season. After this meet, she ended up earning EAGL Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season.

North Carolina is ranked fourth in the southeast region and 25th nationally on the balance beam entering the final week of the regular season. They are 33rd nationally.

Today, seniors Angi Cipra, Mikaela Gerber, Christine Peng-Peng Lee, Hallie Mossett, Alex Waller and Jordyn Wieber will be honored in post-meet ceremonies.

#4 UCLA Bruins (7-2, 6-1)

Opponent: University of North Carolina

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017, 12:00 pm PT

Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

TV: Pac 12 Networks National and Los Angeles

Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac 12 Now App

Live Stats: uclabruins.com

Twitter: @uclagymnastics

Meet Notes:

Go Bruins!