UCLA finishes in fourth at the NCAA gymnastics championships
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The UCLA Bruins placed fourth with a score of 197.100 at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, April 20.
The team started the competition on bars, where they totaled a 49.375. All six of the bar competitors either raised their score or earned the same score from their performance during semifinals. The team's event total increased by .200. Freshman Sophina DeJesus tied her career high, while junior Olivia Courtney tied her season high on the event. DeJesus earned a 9.900 with Courtney scoring a 9.875.
Moving next to beam, the Bruins earned a 49.175 and were led on the event by DeJesus with a 9.875. In second for the team was freshman Danusia Francis with a 9.850. Rounding out the top three scores for UCLA on the event were seniors Lichelle Wong and Vanessa Zamarripa with a pair of 9.825s.
At the halfway point of the meet, the Bruins were holding close to the front of the pack, posting a 98.550 -- just .200 away the leader.
On floor the team totaled a 49.450 with senior Alyssa Pritchett earning a 9.925 to lead the team. Junior Sydney Sawa set a new season high on floor with a 9.90, where she was joined by Courtney and Zamarripa, also earning a 9.90.
The team finished out on vault to earn a 49.100 on the event to close out the NCAA team competition. Courtney earned the fifth 9.90 score of the meet to lead the team on the event.
The NCAA championships will conclude with individual event finals on Sunday, April 21 with competition beginning at 1 p.m. PT.