After scoring a season-high 197.425 at a tri-meet against BYU and Utah State last weekend, the UCLA Bruins will take on Stanford tonight for the second time this season.
Last Time Out
UCLA began last weekend’s tri-meet on the beam. For this outing, head coach Chris Waller tinkered with the lineup, moving senior Kyla Ross to third in the order instead of having her ties up the event at the anchor spot. All six Bruin scores were at least 9.800 or higher, with Grace Glenn leading off with a 9.825 and Margzetta Frazier following with a 9.800. Ross stayed solid in her new position, scoring a 9.975 and winning the beam title for the day. Kendal Poston earned a 9.850 and Norah Flatley brought in a 9.825. Samantha Satki had a nice recovery from a fall the week earlier and posted a 9.900. UCLA’s total after rotation one had them in first place with a 49.375. BYU would be in second with 48.800 and Utah State in third with 48.725.
Rotation two found the Bruins on floor, where three routines scored a 9.900 or higher. Nia Dennis led off the event with a 9.825 and Pauline Tratz followed with a 9.675. Madison Kocian returned to the floor for the first time in the 2020 season after missing two meets with shoulder soreness and she earned a solid 9.850. Gracie Kramer then brought down the house and scored an amazing 9.950, earning the floor title for the day. Frazier and Ross followed with a pair of 9.900s. This rotation still saw the Bruins out in front with a 98.800, with BYU in second at 97.650. Utah State was not far behind in third with 97.575.
Rotation three on vault was a but of a struggle for UCLA, but the event score would still make it over the 49-point mark. Dennis and Felicia Hano tied for second place with a 9.850, and Ross posted a 9.875 to take the day’s vault title. Kramer scored a 9.725 and Frazier added a 9.800. Even with a bit of a struggle, UCLA was still out in front with a score of 147.900. BYU was still hanging on to second at 146.675 and Utah State remained in third with 145.925.
The final rotation was the uneven bars for the Bruins and Ross posted her second perfect 10 in a row on the event and take the win. Kocian came back strong in this event with a 9.950 and Frazier would also score strong at 9.900. Flatley added a 9.825 and Hano scored a 9.850, solidifying UCLA’s win for the meet. The final score had UCLA at a season-high 197.425. BYU took second at 195.875 and Utah State was in third with 194.750. Ross won her third All-Around title this year with a 39.750 and was also named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week.
UCLA will be competing against Stanford today for the second time this season. These two teams met to at the Collegiate Challenge earlier this month where UCLA placed second to Oklahoma and Stanford came in fourth. Stanford will be making their home debut this evening.