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#3 UCLA Gymnastics Wraps Early Season Road Trip at #15 Washington

The undefeated Bruins look to continue their streak in Seattle this afternoon.

Nia Dennis goes head over heels on the beam
Joe Piechowski

UCLA gymnastics continued to roll last weekend at Oregon State with a season-high win over the Beavers with a score of 197.900. The Bruins edged Oregon State by just 0.450 and remained perfect so far this season.

Last Time Out

In their first rotation, the Bruins started on bars with freshman Margzetta Frazier, who logged a solid 9.875. Felicia Hano was up next. New to the bars rotation, she fell and, as a result, her 9.200 score would be the score that got dropped. From there, UCLA went on a nice run as Anna Glenn scored a 9.850, freshman phenom Norah Flatley notched a 9.950, and Madison Kocian earned a 9.975. The final spot on the bars team, of course, is Kyla Ross, who earned a well-deserved perfect 10 for the second time this season, and became the seventh gymnast in UCLA history to earn seven or more perfect 10’s in their collegiate career. The bars rotation would end up being UCLA’s highest score for the day.

In their vault rotation, UCLA would show improvement from last week when some uncharacteristic mistakes were made and landings just wouldn’t stick. Pauline Tratz began the rotation with a 9.825 and Nia Dennis followed with a start value of 9.950 and earned a near perfect 9.925. Freshman Sekai Wright came next with a 9.750, and Hano just about stuck her landing and earned a nice 9.950. Ross came back strong this week after having a rare fall last week at Stanford and scored a 9.850 while Kendall Poston finished the rotation with a 9.725.

The “Bruin Dance Party” was up next and it may have been a disappointment for some in attendance that Valorie Kondos Field chose to rest Katelyn Ohashi on the floor exercise for this meet. However, if ever there was a depth chart in gymnastics, the options UCLA has on floor are a prime example. Gracie Kramer again led off with her Twilight Zone remix and earned a 9.825. Ross followed with a 9.900 and looked about the best she has all season. Tratz had a solid routine, but unfortunately had too much power on one of her tumbling passes, so the 0.10 deduction would earn her a 9.750. Dennis continued her top caliber performance for the day and add a 9.925 for the Bruins. Frazier came through again and earned a 9.825. Hano was in the anchor spot on floor this week and scored a 9.900. In a well-received exhibition, Wright debuted her Bruno Mars floor routine, which was a crowd hit and showed promise for this young Bruin.

The last rotation was on beam and the UCLA beam team has consistently proven to be one of the best in the nation. Senior Brielle Nguyen led off with a 9.825 and Ross followed with a 9.900. Tratz also struggled on beam and had another deduction on this event, earning a 9.750, but Dennis would get the Bruins back on track with a 9.925. Frazier came next with a 9.825 and Hano rounded out the rotation with a solid 9.900.

Following this meet, both Ross and Dennis would earn Pac-12 honors, with Ross earning Pac- 12 Gymnast of the Week and Dennis earning Pac-12 Specialist of the Week.

Washington GymDawgs

In their first ESPN-televised meet, the Washington GymDawgs will host the Bruins today after beating Stanford University last Friday by 0.350 with a final score of 195.825. Evanni Roberson has had back-to-back all-around wins, and also had a nice performance on bars last week with a score of 9.900. She is ranked 17th in the country on beam and scored a 9.950 at Arizona for the highest score in the event for any GymDawg since 2004. She performs alongside teammate Madison Copiak, who has also come through in her performances, recording a season high 9.900 on bars and averaging a score of 9.819 on beam so far this season.

This is your UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies gymnastics open thread.

Go Bruins!