Last weekend, a packed Pauley Pavilion was treated to some of the best gymnastics the country has to offer. UCLA and Utah were battling it out to the end, with Utah barely beating UCLA, 197.550 to 197.425. UCLA led the meet after two rotations, but the Utes tied it up after rotation three. Three out-of-bounds deductions on the Floor cost UCLA the meet. Without two of the three deductions, UCLA would have won the meet.
Today, UCLA will host the #8 Oregon State Beavers in an important Pac-12 dual meet. The Beavers recorded their best score of the year, breaking the 197-point mark for the first time in 2018 to defeat #24 Arizona, 197.300 to 145.375 last Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State started off strong on Vault, with McKenna Singley tallying a career-best 9.850 and Mary Jacobsen added a meet-high 9.875 to lead the way. During their second rotation on Bars, the Beavers racked up 49.400 points, two-tenths higher than their highest Bars score last season. OSU widened the gap after every rotation, and recorded their highest score of the meet with a 49.450 on the Floor exercise. Kaitlyn Yanish scored a career-best 9.950 in the final routine, with Isis Lowery (9.925), Jacobsen (9.900), and Niya Mack (9.850) each tying their personal marks as well.
Today’s meet will be another display of exceptional talent. I’d expect last week’s bugs on Floor to be worked out, and another W in the books for UCLA.