After a 196.800-195.475 win over Boise State last Sunday at home, the UCLA Bruins are making their way to Provo, Utah today to take on the #15 BYU Cougars and the Utah State Aggies in a tri-meet.
Last Time Out
Last weekend, UCLA started the meet on vault, following a traditional Olympic rotation. Five Bruins scored a 9.825 and higher, with junior Kendal Poston scoring a meet high of 9.900. Margzetta Frazier and Felicia Hano each added a 9.825 and Nia Dennis and Kyla Ross both posted a 9.875. Even with such high scores, the Broncos started on the uneven bars and notched a solid 49.325 and the Bruins trailed by 0.025 with a 49.300.
On the second rotation, UCLA took the lead and never looked back. The Bruins had five solid routines scoring 9.800 or higher, with the big news coming from Ross, who scored her first perfect 10 on the uneven bars at home. Savannah Kooyman and Norah Flatley each scored a 9.800, and Hano came in slightly higher at 9.825. Frazier was once again solid in this event and notched a 9.925. In rotation two, UCLA scored 49.375 to Boise State’s 48.600 on vault. This brought the meet total to 98.675 for the Bruins and 97.925 for Boise State.
The balance beam was an achilles heel for UCLA once again with two falls and a routine that was not given full credit in its start value. However, Grace Glenn shook off last week’s fall with an amazing routine that scored a 9.975 and Frazier posted a 9.825. Ross scored a 9.875, tying with Boise State’s Emily Muhlenhaupt and Isabella Amado for the meet’s beam title. Boise State was not able to take advantage of the Bruin falls and still trailed the Bruins after both teams posted a 48.400 in the third rotation, bringing the meet total to 147.075-146.325.
The Bruins sealed the meet’s fate with another round of showstopping floor routines in rotation four. Dennis and Pauline Tratz each brought home a 9.925 while freshman Chloe Lashbrooke made her first appearance in the lineup and scored a 9.875. Gracie Kramer and Frazier each scored a 9.950 while Ross capped the event with a 9.975 and took yet another event title. UCLA’s team floor score was the top floor exercise score in the country for the weekend with a 49.725 and the Broncos scored 49.100 in their rotation on beam. The final scores left the Bruins on top, 196.800-195.475. Ross took yet another all-around title with a final score of 39.725.
BYU and Utah State have already met once in competition this season at the Rio Tinto Best of Utah meet where the Cougars placed second with a score of 195.575 and the Aggies placed fourth with a 194.150.
So far this year, BYU has been able to pass the 49-point mark on three events, but has fallen short on beam. Utah State has not reached that point on any event, but both teams have outscored UCLA on beam. The Aggies’ head coach Amy Smith is a former Bruin team member and All-American. The Bruins’ top score on beam is 48.500, which will need to improve today to ensure a win.