#10 UCLA Gymnastics Travels to #9 UC Berkeley for Final Regular Season Road Meet
After beating Oregon State and scoring over 197 for the second week in a row, the Bruins are on the road again.
The UCLA gymnastics visits UC Berkeley this afternoon in the final regular season road meet of the season. It’s also the final Pac-12 meet of the season. Today’s meet begins at 2 pm PT. While it will not be broadcast, it will be live streamed.
Last Time Out
Last weekend, the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team scored over 197 for the second week in a row, beating the Oregon State Beavers 197.025-196.50.
As usual at home meets, UCLA began on the vault. The Bruins stuck five of six landings, beginning with Pauline Tratz who started things off for UCLA with a 9.80. Kendal Poston kept the solid scores moving with a 9.825 and Margzetta Frazier added to the momentum with a 9.850. Nia Dennis won the event with her 9.925 and Chae Campbell followed with a 9.80. Emma Andres closed with a 9.825, bringing the Bruins’ total for the event to 49.225. After the Beavers finished on bars, UCLA was out in front, 49.225 to 48.825.
The Bruins moved on to bars, where UCLA scored the highest event total so far this season. Chae Campbell and Savannah Kooyman opened the event with a pair of 9.850s, a season best for both. Sara Ulias followed and she tied her career high with a 9.925. Frida Esparza added a 9.875 while Dennis and Frazier closed the event with a 9.950 each, a career high and event win for both. At the halfway mark, UCLA was still out in front, although OSU had gained some ground on vault, 98.775 to 98.150.
The balance beam gave the Bruins some trouble and was the team’s lowest score of the meet. Poston once again led off the event and she earned a solid score of 9.825. Samantha Satki and Frazier each picked up a 9.90. Nicole Shapiro and Campbell each had a fall but, in between, Esparza was able to score a 9.875. While the Beavers narrowed the lead again, UCLA was holding on to their lead, 147.70 to 147.350.
The final event for the Bruins was the floor. Andres was in her usual lead off spot and scored a 9.625 after a deduction for stepping out. Tratz, Sekai Wright, Frazier, and Dennis all added identical 9.850s, and Campbell finished the rotation with a 9.925 for the win. In the end, the Bruins would be victorious, 197.025-196.50.
#9 UC Berkeley Golden Bears
Today’s opponent is the UC Berkeley Bears, who are coming off a loss to Utah back on February 26. The Bears were supposed to have a meet this week on Wednesday against Stanford, but the meet was canceled due to the fact that Stanford was not able to field a team large enough to compete.
Against Utah, the Bears totaled the second highest team score in program history, but it just wasn’t enough for the win. However, their beam score was the sixth-best score by any team in the country this season, led by Kyana George's 9.925 and Maya Bordas's 9.90. With the beam giving UCLA trouble on and off this season, this event could be the deciding factor of the meet. Milan Clausi won the vault competition with a 9.90. So, it seems that UCLA is going to have to bring their A game to win today’s meet.
#10 UCLA Gymnastics (5-1)
Opponent: #9 UC Berkeley Bears (4-1)
When: 2:00 pm PT, Saturday, March 6, 2021
Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats: calbears.com