Friday, 23 March 2018 13:05

UCLA Gymnastics Competes For 18th Pac-12 Title

Complete PDF Notes:http://uclabruins.com/documents/2018/3/22//12_MeetNotes_Pac12.pdf

 

No. 3 UCLA at Pac-12 Championships

Date: Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

Venue: McKale Center

Time: Session 1: 1 p.m. PT, Session 2: 6 p.m. PT

Television: Pac-12 Network

TV Talent: Jim Watson (play-by-play), Amanda Borden (analyst), Samantha Peszek (sideline)

Live Stats:arizonawildcats.com

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students/youth/seniors

 

UCLA COMPETES FOR 18TH PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 3 UCLA (15-2) is the No. 1 seed at the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships, which will take place on Saturday, Mar. 24 in Tucson, Ariz. The Bruins, who are seeking their 18th Pac-12 team title, will compete in the evening session at 6 pm along with No. 2 seed Utah, No. 3 seed Washington and No. 4 seed California. Competing in the afternoon session at 1 pm are No. 5 seed Oregon State, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 seed Stanford and No. 8 Arizona. Seeding is determined by national rankings, which are based on Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The Pac-12 champion will be the team with the highest score from the two sessions. Individual champions will also be determined via combined sessions.

 

FOLLOW LIVE

Both sessions at the Pac-12 Championships will be televised live on Pac-12 Network, with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden on the call and UCLA alumna Samantha Peszek serving as a sideline reporter. Live stats will be available at arizonawildcats.com, and live updates can be found on Twitter by following @UCLAGymnastics.           

 

ROTATION ORDER

As the top seed, UCLA has chosen to start the meet on vault and end on floor exercise, giving the Bruins Olympic order, which they have had the last three seasons. Utah chose to start on uneven bars, Washington chose to begin on floor exercise, and California will start on balance beam. In Session 1, Oregon State starts on vault, Arizona State on bars, Stanford on beam and Arizona on floor. 

 

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY 

UCLA has won the most conference championships among the eight member schools with 17 Pac-12 titles (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016) and 1 WCAA title (1981) in 30 years. Oregon State (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2011, 2013), Stanford (1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008) and Utah (2014, 2015, 2017) are the only other teams to win Pac-12 titles.

 

UCLA has dominated individually at the Pac-12 Championships, winning a conference-best 89 individual titles. The Bruins have been especially dominant in the all-around, winning 18 titles, including 12 in the last 22 years (includes ties). UCLA gymnasts have won 21 titles on bars, 17 on beam and floor, and 16 on vault. There are six reigning Pac-12 individual champions in the field: UCLA’s Kyla Ross (2017 beam) and JaNay Honest (2016 bars); Utah’s MyKayla Skinner (2017 all-around, vault and floor) and Tiffani Lewis (2017 vault, 2016 floor); California’s Toni-Ann Williams (2016 floor); Oregon State’s Dani Dessaints (2017 vault); and Stanford’s Elizabeth Price (2016 bars, 2015 bars).         

 

LAST YEAR AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS 

The Bruins were unable to recover from a rough start to the championship meet, finishing tied for third place. UCLA fell behind in the first rotation after an average showing on vault and had to count two scores of 9.75 or lower in rotation two. The Bruins rebounded in rotation three with a meet-high 49.575 on beam and used a 49.425 on floor to lift themselves up into a tie for third. Kyla Ross made history by scoring the first perfect 10 on beam in Pac-12 Championship history, and she was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Christine Peng-Peng Lee was selected the Pac-12 Specialist of the Year, earning UCLA’s first-ever award in that category.           

 

PRIDE OF THE PAC 

The Pac-12 Conference has seen all eight teams hit the Top 25 this season. Currently, there are four teams in the Top 10 and seven teams ranked in the Top 36. UCLA ranks third, Utah is fourth, Washington eight, California 10th, Oregon State 11th, Arizona State 17th and Stanford 30th. Arizona ranks 37th.               

 

IN THE RANKINGS 

UCLA maintained its No. 3 national ranking, improving its Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to 197.840, just .05 behind No. 2 LSU. The RQS takes teams’ Top 6 scores, three of which must be on the road, throwing out the high and averaging the remaining five. UCLA moved into No. 1 on floor exercise and is No. 2 on vault and balance beam and No. 4 on uneven bars. Four Bruins rank in the Top 25 on vault - No. 7 Napualani Hall, No. 15 Felicia Hano, No. 18 Kyla Ross and No. 23 Nia Dennis. Two are in the Top 10 on bars - No. 2 Ross and No. 9 Christine Peng-Peng Lee. UCLA dominates the Top 5 on balance beam, with No. 2 Lee, No. 3 Katelyn Ohashi and No. 5 Grace Glenn. Three Bruins rank in the Top 25 on floor - No. 2 Ohashi, No. 9 Hano, and No. 24 Pauline Tratz. Ross is UCLA’s lone all-arounder in the Top 25 at No. 7.

 

BRUINS SCORE SEASON-HIGH IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE 

No. 3 UCLA closed the regular season with an emphatic 198.275-194.850 victory over San Jose State on Senior Night in Pauley Pavilion. Bruin seniors Christine Peng-Peng Lee, Sonya Meraz, Napualani Hall and JaNay Honest all scored 9.9 or higher on their routines in their farewell performance at home, and junior Katelyn Ohashi ended the competition with her third perfect 10 on floor exercise. The Bruins’ 198.275 team score was its highest since scoring 198.325 on Mar 7, 2004, and they earned season-high marks on vault and bars with identical scores of 49.625.               

 

SENIORS EXIT PAULEY WITH BANG 

UCLA’s seniors gave a farewell performance to remember on Senior Day Mar. 13 in the Bruins’ home finale. Every rotation saw a shining moment from the Bruin seniors. In the first rotation, Napualani Hall set the tone by drilling her Yurchenko 1.5 vault, scoring a career-high 9.975 to win the event. On uneven bars in rotation two, JaNay Honest earned a season-high 9.9, Sonya Meraz scored a new career-high of 9.9, and Christine Peng-Peng Lee earned a 9.925. Lee’s final routine in Pauley Pavilion saw her score a meet-winning 9.95 and receive a standing ovation while being lifted up by her teammates. On floor exercise in the final rotation, Meraz tied her career-high with a 9.9, and Honest scored 9.8 in a show-stopping exhibition performance. During Senior Day ceremonies after the meet, Lee finally got her chance to shine on floor exercise, the one event she has never competed at UCLA due to knee injuries suffered before her freshman year, performing a farewell tribute with her senior classmates.                          

 

OHASHI, GLENN EARN FINAL PAC-12 WEEKLY HONORS    

UCLA gymnasts won two of the three Pac-12 weekly gymnastics awards in the final week of the regular season. Junior Katelyn Ohashi won Pac-12 Specialist of the Week honors for the second time this year, while Anna Glenn received UCLA’s first Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor this season. Ohashi scored her nation-leading third perfect 10 of the season on floor exercise and also posted a career-high 9.95 on uneven bars to lead UCLA to its highest team score of the season, 198.275, in a victory over San Jose State. Glenn earned her first career honor after posting career-high scores of 9.9 on both vault and beam. Glenn’s vault score helped the Bruins achieve a season-high vault total of 49.625, the fifth-highest vault score in school history. On beam, she made a big splash in her competitive debut, scoring 9.9 to tie with her twin sister Grace Glenn for second place. UCLA finished the season having won 10 of the 11 Pac-12 Specialist of the Week awards, the most by any program in one season ever. Christine Peng-Peng Lee won five times this year for a new Pac-12 record nine career awards.                 

 

UCLA SETS NEW SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD 

Bruin fans attended home meets in record numbers this year. UCLA’s average home attendance was a new school record of 7,756, sixth-best in the nation. A season-high 11,085 fans attended the UCLA-Utah meet on Feb. 18, and 9,611 came on Super Bowl Sunday to watch UCLA and Oklahoma in the Together We Rise meet.                

 

OHASHI THRILLS ON FLOOR 

Junior Katelyn Ohashi has thrilled fans all season with her Michael Jackson-themed floor exercise routine this season, scoring a national-best three perfect 10s. Ohashi ranks second in the nation on floor with an RQS of 9.965 and has scored 9.95 or higher on her last six floor routines, including all three perfect 10s. Since changing her last pass on floor exercise from a double tuck to a front handspring/front full/front half/split jump to the ground at the Metroplex Challenge, Ohashi has averaged 9.971with three 10s and a 9.975 and no score lower than 9.925.            

 

PERFECT PENG 

Sixth-year senior Christine Peng-Peng Lee posted a perfect meet with a pair of perfect 10s at Stanford on Mar. 11. Lee competed on bars and beam and earned 10.0s on each event. Her 10 on uneven bars was her first of the season and third of her career on the event. Her 10 on balance beam was her third of the season and fourth of her career on beam, tying Kate Richardson’s school record. Lee now has seven career perfect 10s, sixth-most in UCLA history.         

 

ROSS REACHES PERFECTION  

Sophomore Kyla Ross recorded her first perfect 10 of the season on Mar. 11, nabbing her third career 10 on bars and fifth 10 overall in her career. Christine Peng-Peng Lee and Ross went back-to-back on bars, becoming the first Bruins ever to score back-to-back 10s on the event. Ross and Lee rank second all-time at UCLA for perfect 10s on bars, tied with Mohini Bhardwaj. Only Jamie Dantzscher with seven has scored more for the Bruins.   

 

FLOORS UP

UCLA’s highest season average on any one event is 49.470, on floor exercise. The Bruins have scored 49.4 or higher in eight meets and 49.6 or higher in three meets, with a national season-high of 49.775 set Feb. 25 vs. Oregon State. That mark was the third-highest floor score in school history and the highest since the Bruins scored a school record 49.875 on Feb. 22, 2004. Every Bruin in the lineup scored 9.9 or above to achieve the 49.775 team score - Madison Kocian with a 9.9 leadoff on her first floor routine of the season, Gracie Kramer with a career-high 9.95, Kyla Ross with a career-high-tying 9.9, Nia Dennis with a career-high 9.975, Felicia Hano with a 9.95 and Katelyn Ohashi with a perfect 10. Eight Bruins have season averages of 9.86 or better on floor this year - Hano (9.928), Ohashi (9.923), Napualani Hall (9.9), Ross (9.888), Kocian (9.875), Kramer (9.867), Sonya Meraz (9.863) and Pauline Tratz (9.86). UCLA tumbling on floor has been impressive, with Kramer doing a front double full-punch front, Kocian with a front double full, Ross starting with a whip-double back, Hall a 1.5 through to a double back, Hano and Ohashi starting with double layouts, Dennis with a piked full-in and Tratz with a tucked full-in.              

 

BEAM QUEENS 

UCLA ranks No. 2 in the nation on balance beam with an RQS of 49.555 and season average of 49.439. The Bruins have a national-best three gymnasts in the Top 5 - No. 2 Christine Peng-Peng Lee (9.975), No. 3 Katelyn Ohashi (9.945) and No. 5 Grace Glenn (9.925). All six gymnasts who have been regulars in the beam lineup have scored at least 9.9 this year. Brielle Nguyen has a career-best of 9.9. Madison Kocian has a season-high of 9.925 and career-high of 9.95. Grace Glenn has scored 9.95 three times this year. Ohashi has scored two perfect 10s in her career and has scored a season-high of 9.975 twice. Kyla Ross also has two career perfect 10s and a season-best of 9.975, and Lee has scored four career 10s on beam, including three this year.   

 

PERFECT 10 NOTES 

Christine Peng-Peng Lee’s four career 10s on beam ties the school record set by Kate Richardson (2003-06) … Lee is the first Bruin ever to score three 10s on beam in one season … Lee and Ross each have three career 10s on bars, tied for second all-time at UCLA with Mohini Bhardwaj … Katelyn Ohashi is the first Bruin to score three 10s on floor in a season since Richardson in 2004 … Ohashi is just the fourth Bruin ever to score a perfect 10 on both beam and floor, joining Kristen Maloney, Mohini Bhardwaj, and Richardson … UCLA has scored three 10s in one meet twice this year - Feb. 4 (Lee on beam, Felicia Hano and Ohashi on floor) and Mar. 11 (Lee and Ross on bars, Lee on beam) … Lee and Ross were the first-ever Bruins to score back-to-back 10s on bars at Stanford on Mar. 11 … Hano and Ohashi became the first pair of Bruins to score back-to-back 10s on floor since Richardson and Antolin on Feb. 22, 2004 … The six 10s scored in the UCLA-Oklahoma meet were the most in Pauley Pavilion since there were eight scored by five gymnasts at the 2002 UCLA Invitational, including three by UCLA’s Jamie Dantzscher … Lee scored two consecutive perfect 10s on beam Jan. 27 and Feb. 4, joining Ohashi as the only Bruins ever to record perfect 10s on beam in consecutive meets … Around the country, Hano had the first perfect 10 of the season on floor, and Ohashi was the first gymnast to record multiple 10s on floor this year … Lee was the first gymnast in the nation to record multiple 10s on beam this season.   

 

HONORING A LEGACY 

Felicia Hano’s floor exercise routine this season is a legacy routine originally performed by All-American Sydney Sawa in 2014 and passed down to Hano. Sawa scored a perfect 10 on that routine on Feb. 22, 2014 and was, in fact, the last UCLA gymnast to score a perfect 10 on floor until Hano did it with the same routine on Feb. 4, 2018. Hano leads UCLA this season with a 9.928 season average on floor. 

 

TWINNING AGAIN

For the first time this season, identical twins Anna and Grace Glenn competed on the same event in a meet, with Grace leading off and Anna competing third on beam against San Jose State on Mar. 13. Not surprisingly, they each scored identical marks of 9.9 to tie for second place. Grace, who has competed on beam in every meet this year, currently ranks No. 5 in the nation on the event. Anna has competed on vault in the last six meets and has stuck her vault in each of the last three, averaging 9.875 on those three vaults. Anna has also competed twice on bars, with a high of 9.875 to place third on Feb. 25. The twins sat out all of last season with torn labrums, which were injured on the same skill in preseason.   

 

KOCIAN BACK ON TWO EVENTS

Two-time Olympic medalist and three-time World champion Madison Kocian took another big step forward in her recovery process, competing on floor exercise for the first time on Feb. 25 and scoring 9.9. Kocian, who has been competing on beam since Jan. 20, is also now cleared to train on uneven bars. The four-time All-American has competed in the last nine meets on balance beam and scored 9.875 or higher five times, with a season-high of 9.925 at Cal on Feb. 10. She posted a season-high 9.925 on floor at Stanford to place third. Kocian had an impressive freshman campaign despite competing with a torn labrum that she suffered at the 2016 Olympic Trials. She competed in the all-around in all but two meets in 2017 and amassed a total of 16 individual victories, including the NCAA Regional bars and floor titles.                  

 

FOLLOW THE LEADOFF

Nia Dennis put the lead in leadoff against Utah Feb. 18, starting the Bruins out on both vault and uneven bars with meet-winning scores of 9.95 and 9.925, respectively. Dennis kicked off the meet with a perfect score on her Yurchenko layout full vault, which has a start value of 9.95, helping the Bruins take the first rotation lead with a 49.45. On uneven bars in rotation two, she led off with a career-high 9.925 to take first place and lead UCLA to a team score of 49.3. The event wins were the first of her career. Dennis also led off on bars on Feb. 25 against Oregon State and scored 9.9 to place second and led off on vault Mar. 11 at Stanford, scoring 9.9 to tie for second.   

 

BY THE NUMBERS

Since scoring 48.5 on vault in the first rotation of the season Jan. 6, UCLA has scored 49+ in 43 straight rotations, 15 of which have gone 49.5 or higher … UCLA has scored 49+ on beam in its last 24 meets and 49+ on floor in its last 18 meets … The Bruins have scored 49.4 or better on beam in nine straight meets … JaNay Honest has competed in 39 straight meets … Christine Peng-Peng Lee has won beam in 10 of her last 11 meets dating back to last season … Lee is 21-for-21 this season with no score lower than 9.775 … Kyla Ross is 37-for-37 this season, with no score lower than 9.825 … Ross has scored 9.9 or higher on bars in 19 of her last 21 meets with four-straight wins … Since changing her last pass on floor exercise at the Metroplex Challenge, Katelyn Ohashi has averaged 9.971 with three 10s and a 9.975 … Ohashi has scored 9.8 or higher on her last 20 routines … Associate head coach Chris Waller improved to 3-1 in his career as acting head coach when he led the Bruins to a season-opening win over Ohio State as head coach Valorie Kondos Field was out with the flu.

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