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#4 UCLA Gymnastics Heads to the Desert to Face the #17 Gymcats

The Bruins take on Arizona in their first Pac-12 meet.

Christine Peng Peng Lee

The UCLA Bruins gymnastics squad heads to McKale Center this weekend to take on the GymCats. Arizona is 0-2 going into this meet, narrowly losing to Iowa State last Friday 194.975 to 195.450. The Wildcats are led by seniors Madison Cindric, Victoria Ortiz and Kennady Schneider and are coached by interim head coach John Court.

For the first time this season, Arizona did not receive a final event score 49.000 or higher on any of the four events. They ended competition with a 48.750 on vault, a 48.750 on the uneven bars, a 48.825 on the balance beam, and a 48.650 on floor. Schneider took first place in the floor competition with a score of 9.875, while Cindric placed third in the All-Around competition with a score of 39.025.

Two weeks ago, the Gymcats fell to the University of Denver by an even smaller margin of .325. Here are highlights from that meet, courtesy of Arizona Gymnastics on YouTube:

The Bruins are coming off a big win last weekend at Elevate the Stage in Reno, Nevada. UCLA came in first with a score of 197.200. Utah was second with 196.975, followed by Washington with 195.625 and Stanford with 195.350. The day was highlighted by a trio of 9.9s on floor from Gracie Kramer, Kyla Ross and Pauline Tratz. As if that wasn’t enough, the Bruins brought in another pair of 9.9s on vault from Napualani Hall and Felicia Hano. On the final rotation, a 9.95 from Kyla Ross and a 9.925 from Christine Peng-Peng Lee ensured the Bruin win. Ross also tied for first on uneven bars and was third in the all-around with a 39.55.

Here are floor routines from Elevate the Stage, thanks to All About Gymnastics:

Going into this meet, UCLA is ranked #1 nationally in the floor exercise, with an average meet score of 49.413.

Go Bruins!