This afternoon, the #2 UCLA gymnastics team will host #19 Arizona State in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinee for what should be another win for the Bruins.
Last Time Out
Last week, UCLA beat #9 UC Berkeley, #14 UC Davis and #33 Michigan State with a season high team score of 197.700. Of course, Katelyn Ohashi and Kyla Ross both scored Perfect 10s. Ross won the all-around while tying a career-high score of 39.700, and Ohashi added a 9.975 on the beam.
UCLA held the lead after their first rotation on the vault and never looked back, even though only three Bruins scored 9.8 or higher. After the first rotation, UCLA had a 0.050-point lead over Michigan State.
The second rotation took the Bruins to the bars and put them even further ahead when freshman Margzetta Frazier started the team off with a 9.925 while Norah Flatley added a 9.900. Ross capped the rotation with her 10 and that gave UCLA a lead of 0.7 points.
In rotation three, UCLA’s last five competitors all scored above a 9.85 with Ross earning a 9.90 and Ohashi just missing a perfect score. Of course, rotation four was the always anticipated “Bruin Dance Party” on the floor exercise. After Norah Flatley scored a 9.750, Gracie Kramer, Ross Frazier and Paulina Tratz all scored 9.925s before Ohashi’s now-viral routine earned that “Perfect 10” and catapulted the Bruins to a first-place finish for the day.
The week only got better for UCLA, when they swept the Pac-12 awards for gymnastics. Ohashi was named Specialist of the Week for the second week in a row. Ross was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week while Frazier was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. At this point, UCLA is ranked in the top five nationally for each event. They are first in the nation on the floor, second on the beam, fourth on the bars and fifth on the vault.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Today, #19 Arizona State comes to Pauley with hopes of knocking off the #2 Bruins. The Sun Devils earned a 195.675 at Texas Woman’s University last Saturday, which was an improvement from the week before.
Cairo Leonard-Baker leads the Sun Devils with an all-around average of 39.113. She has team highs on the bars and the floor with 9.900. Anne Kuhm will be another to look for in the all-around, as she placed second last weekend with a 39.175.
This is your UCLA Gymnastics vs. ASU Sun Devils open thread.