Monday, 12 February 2018 15:12

UCLA Downs California, 197.750-197.225

Berkeley, Calif. -UCLA showed just how deep its lineup is, competing a season-high 15 gymnasts and resting some standouts yet still scoring 197.750 in a dual meet victory at California. The Golden Bears had a strong meet of its own, scoring a season-high 197.225. 

 

The Bruins (9-1) started the meet with a season-best performance on uneven bars, scoring 49.525 to take the first rotation lead over Cal (5-4), who scored 49.4 on vault. Dennis led off with a career-high 9.9, followed by back-to-back 9.85s from Katelyn Ohashi and JaNay Honest. In just her second routine of the year, freshman Savannah Kooyman scored a career-high 9.875, paving the way for back-to-back 9.95s by Christine Peng-Peng Lee and Kyla Ross.

 

Senior Napualani Hall led UCLA's vault crew, which scored three 9.9s or better. Hall earned her first vault title of her career with a career-high-tying 9.95, sticking her laid-out Yurchenko 1.5 for the third-straight meet. Pauline Tratz and Felicia Hano each scored career-highs 9.9. Gracie Kramer scored a 9.85 on her tucked Yurchenko 1.5. Anna Glenn made her competitive debut, scoring 9.8. UCLA finished with a 49.425, while Cal scored 49.250 on bars, increasing the Bruins' lead to 98.950-98.650.

 

Hall once again led UCLA in rotation three, scoring a career-high 9.9 on floor exercise in her season debut on the event. Kooyman also competed on floor for the first time and scored 9.825. Kramer's 9.875, Sonya Meraz's 9.85 and Nia Dennis' 9.825 completed the scoring routines for the Bruins, who scored 49.275. Cal cut into UCLA's lead by scoring a school-record 49.350 on beam, setting up a final rotation showdown.

 

UCLA finished the meet on beam leading by just .225 after three events, 148.225-148.000. After a leadoff 9.8 by Brielle Nguyen, Dennis contributed a career-high 9.875, and Madison Kocian scored a season-best 9.925. Grace Glenn and Ohashi scored back-to-back 9.95s to secure the victory.

 

Hall won two events, taking first on vault and tying for first on floor. Lee and Ross tied for first on bars, and Grace Glenn and Ohashi tied for first on beam. Cal's Toni-Ann Williams won the all-around with a 39.6.

 

Team Results

1. UCLA 197.750

2. California 197.225

 

Event Winners

Vault - Napualani Hall, UCLA - 9.95

UB - Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Kyla Ross, UCLA - 9.95

BB - Grace Glenn, UCLA; Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA - 9.95

FX - Napualani Hall, UCLA; Toni-Ann Williams, Cal - 9.9

AA - Toni-Ann Williams, Cal - 39.6

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