After defeating Stanford last weekend and preserving their unbeaten record, the UCLA gymnastics team will continue their three-week road trip with a dual meet against the #20 Oregon State Beavers today in Corvallis at 11:30 am PT.
Last Time Out
Last Sunday, the Bruins took on Stanford in front of a sold out crowd at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, beating the Cardinal 197.725-195.125, which continues the Bruins’ best start in program history.
In their first rotation on bars, UCLA earned six solid scores. Margzetta Frazier started off the rotation with a 9.850 and Savannah Kooyman followed in her competitive debut with a 9.775. Anna Glenn earned a 9.875 and freshman Norah Flatley continued her solid run this season with a 9.825. Madison Kocian would follow with a 9.8 and Kyla Ross anchored the rotation with a 9.9 and would ultimately earn the bars title for the day. That gave the Bruins a 49.250 for the rotation while the Cardinal scored 48.850 over on the vault.
On rotation two, the Bruins scored their lowest event score of the day. Frazier would begin the rotation earning a 9.775 and Felicia Hano and Pauline Tratz came next earning 9.825 and 9.775 respectively. Freshman Sekai Wright also made her competitive debut on vault, earning a 9.875, which would be good enough for the day’s vault title. Kyla Ross struggled on her landing which would result in her 9.325 score being dropped. Nia Dennis finished the rotation with a solid 9.850. The Bruins finished up the rotation with a 49.100 to increase their lead to 98.350-97.775.
The floor rotation was next for UCLA and, while Bruin gymnastics fans are used to most routines earning 9.9s and higher, the judges weren’t feeling so generous Sunday. That didn’t stop the Bruins’ event score would still be the day’s highest. Gracie Kramer had a stellar routine, but was only given a 9.8 by the judges, which is solid but not indicative of her performance. Dennis would then earn a 9.775 and Tratz and Hano would both earn a 9.85. Frazier would once again turn up the crowd with her floor routine and bring home a 9.875, but in true Bruin Dance Party fashion, Katelyn Ohashi would finish up the floor rotation with her internet breaking routine, earning a 9.975 and the floor title. UCLA’s 49.350 score increased UCLA’s lead to more than 1.5 points as the Cardinal scored a 48.250 on the beam and the meet score was UCLA, 147.700, Stanford 146.025.
The Bruins wrapped up the meet on the beam with Kocian in the leadoff spot. Although she hit her routine, she was given a score a 9.575. Kendal Poston turned in her first collegiate beam performance and earned a 9.85. The scores would only increase from there. Flatley, who would later say on camera that she “does not feel like a freshman anymore”, got a 9.9, Dennis a 9.875, Ross a 9.925, and Ohashi’s 9.975 would get her a second event title for the day. Their 49.525 on this event is a season-high score so far. It also wrapped up a Bruin win by a final score of 197.225-195.125.
Unfortunately, that dropped UCLA’s season average to 197.488 leaving the Bruins trailing Florida by four-thousandths of a point and ranking UCLA 3rd in the nation.
#20 Oregon State Beavers
Today, the Bruins will face the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers recorded a season high 196.100 when they beat Washington by just 0.200 in the final two rotations last weekend, and recorded a season-high 49.275 on the balance beam, where junior Maela Lazaro notched a career high 9.925. Sophomore Kaitlyn Yanish scored a career-high 39.250 in the all-around, earning career-bests on the bars (9.75) and beam (9.80) and season-highs on vault (9.80) and floor (9.90).
Currently, the Beavers are ranked in the top 25 in all events, with the floor lineup the highest at #6, with a season average of 49.175. Beam is their next at #17, bars is tied for 24th, and vault ranks 25th. They return 22 of 24 routines from last year’s lineup, but currently have four gymnasts, Destinee Davis, Sabrina Gill, Alyssa Minyard, and Lena Greene, out either due to illness or injury.
Today’s meet begins at 11:30 am PT and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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