After winning the Champaign regional on April 1 with a score of 196.800, the fifth ranked Bruins are in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for the NCAA championships. UCLA will compete in the first of two sessions on Friday, along with Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon State, Utah and Denver. After the evening session, the top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six Team Finals on Saturday at 6pm PT.
In the April 1 regional, the Bruins hit all six of their first rotation routines, with three scores of 9.9 or higher. In the second rotation on balance beam, UCLA struggled with dismounts but had a strong scores of 9.925 recorded by Kyla Ross and a 9.85 brought in by Christine Peng Peng Lee. After three rotations, UCLA was barely edging host Illinois by two-tenths of a point, but strong floor routines kept the Bruins moving in the right direction. UCLA finished the regional on the vault and had to wait until the sixth rotation was completed to see the final placings. UCLA held the top spot with a 196.800 and Oregon State placed second with a final score of 196.150. Madison Kocian won the bars title with a 9.95 and shared first place along with Angi Cipra on floor with a 9.875.
Each session of the Championships will be televised live. The first semifinal will air on ESPN2, while the second semifinal and Super Six will air on ESPNU.
NCAA Gymnastics Semifinals
Who: UCLA, Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon State, Utah and Denver.
When: Friday, April 14, 2017, 10 am PT
Where: Chaifetz Arena
TV: ESPN2, ESPNU
Live Stream and Stats: NCAA.com
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