The fourth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team will be in Tempe for a meet against the Arizone State Sun Devils today at 2 pm PT.
Last Time Out
The UCLA Bruins gymnastics team hosted Arizona on Sunday and defeated the Wildcats, 197.675-195.37. UCLA’s team score was a season-high for the Bruins.
UCLA’s first rotation on the vault was a season-high as well with Nia Dennis leading off and earning a 9.850. Gracie Kramer followed with a tough vault that included a blind landing. She was able to notch a 9.825. Emma Andres made her collegiate debut on the event with a 9.750. Kendal Poston matched Dennis’s 9.850 while Felicia Hano and Kyla Ross each contributed a 9.900. After the first rotation, UCLA was in the lead with a 49.325 over Arizona’s 48.900 on uneven bars.
Rotation two took UCLA to the uneven bars with Hano leading off and earning a 9.825. Savannah Kooyman notched a 9.800 and Kalyany Steele earned a career-high 9.850. Madison Kocian then kicked up the scoring with a 9.925. Margzetta Frazier followed with a 9.900. Ross anchored the event with a 9.975, bringing the Bruins’ total to 49.475. At this point, UCLA was comfortably out in front, 98.800 to 97.700.
The beam was UCLA’s next event and it’s an event where the Bruins have struggled all season. With skill and confidence, Grace Glenn led off the rotation and got the team off to a good start with a 9.950. Samantha Satki and Norah Flatley each added a 9.750 while Poston came through with a 9.900. Hano earned a season-high 9.800 and Ross brought it home with a near-perfect 9.975, garnering a 10 from one judge. The event total was a season-high tying 49.375 and put UCLA even further out in front, 148.175-146.625.
The final rotation was the floor exercise and it was the strongest event of the meet for the Bruins. It started off with freshman Chloe Lashbrooke earning a 9.850. Andres and Dennis each earned a 9.875. Kramer and Hano then doubled up, with each scoring a 9.950. Ross was the final competitor. Her score of 9.850 earned her a sixth consecutive all-around title with a total of 39.700. The final score was a season-high 197.675 for UCLA and 195.375 for Arizona.
Arizona State is hosting UCLA today at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe. In their last meet, the Sun Devils earned a season-high road score of 195.600 and, in their last home meet on February 1, they upset #10 UC Berkeley with a score of 196.300.
One Sun Devil to watch is junior Cairo Leonard-Baker. She earned a 9.900 on bars for the second time this season, good enough for a share of the event title. She also earned a 9.850 on vault, tying her career high. Graduate student Morgan Wilson led the way for the Sun Devils in the all-around with a 38.925, which included a season-high 9.825 on vault.
Arizona State is a strong team looking to make a statement. Their upset of UC Berkeley just two weeks ago shows what they are capable of. So, expect this team to be bring their A game this afternoon against UCLA.