Tonight, the #3 UCLA gymnastics team welcomes the #11 Washington Huskies to Pauley Pavilion for a Friday night meet at 7pm PT.
Last Time Out
UCLA took on the Stanford Cardinal on Monday night at Maples Pavillion in Palo Alto, California, and posted a season high 197.575 in their first Pac-12 meet of the season.
Beginning the meet on the uneven bars, Felicia Hano started the Bruins off strong with a score of 9.850 and Savannah Kooyman followed with a 9.775. From there, UCLA’s scores climbed, with Madison Kocian and Margzetta Frazier each scoring a 9.900, Norah Flatley notching 9.850, and Kyla Ross taking the uneven bars title with a 9.950. After the first rotation, UCLA was ahead with a 49.450 to Stanford’s 48.950 on vault.
In the second rotation on vault, UCLA saw four vaulters earn a 9.850: Chloe Lashbrooke and Pauline Tratz, Gracie Kramer, and Hano. Nia Dennis and Ross each earned a 9.900, and shared the vault win for the meet. After two rotations, UCLA extended their lead with a 49.275 to bring their total to 98.725 against Stanford’s 97.800 after the uneven bars.
The third rotation had the Bruins on the floor exercise and Flatley led off with a 9.875. After Lashbrooke and Dennis each scored a 9.850, UCLA got another 9.875 from Kramer and Hano followed with a strong 9.900. Ross anchored the event by earning a 9.975 with one judge awarding her a perfect 10. Her score would be the top floor exercise score of the day. After this rotation and a score of 49.475, UCLA was beating Stanford by more than a point, 148.300 to 147.125. UCLA is currently ranked #1 in the nation in this event.
In the final rotation on beam, UCLA led off with Grace Glenn, who scored a near-perfect 9.975 for the second time this season and won the beam title. Kendal Poston scored a 9.850 and Ross followed with a 9.750. Flatley and Dennis each came back with a 9.875 and Nicki Shapiro made her season debut with a 9.800. The event score of a 49.375 gave the Bruins a grand total of 197.575, beating Stanford’s 196.250.
UCLA takes on the Washington GymDawgs tonight, who are are coming off their best meet of the season against UC Berkeley. Washington scored a 197.225 and four GymDawgs earned career-high scores. Kristyn Hoffa earned a career-high 9.975 on floor, giving her the highest finish by a GymDawg on the floor since 2004. Washington’s total meet scores have climbed by almost a full point each week. So, expect this meet to be some of the toughest competition UCLA has faced so far this year.