UCLA, Utah, and Oregon State head to NCAA gymnastics championships

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SAN FRANCISCO - No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Utah, and No. 8 Oregon State will compete in the NCAA Championships on April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Kyla Ross bookended the Ann Arbor Regional competition with a pair of perfect 10s, recording one on balance beam and one on uneven bars to improve her 10.0 streak to 10 consecutive meets.  Ross was named 2019 West Region Gymnast of the Year.
  • UCLA Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field looks for her eighth NCAA Championship title leading the Bruins.
  • Oregon State earned its best post-Regional ranking since 2011 when the Beavers finished eighth in the NCAA Championship.
  • Arizona State’s Cairo Leonard-Baker (uneven bars) and California’s Milan Clausi (vault) each earned individual berths into the NCAA Championships.

PAC-12 TEAM NOTES

UCLA (7) and Utah (9) have combined to win 16 of the 37 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, while a Pac-12 team has finished runner-up another 16 times.

ARIZONA - Iowa edged out the GymCats in the first found of the Corvallis Regional 195.850-194.550 ... Maddi Leydin, Christina Berg, Haylie Hendrickson, Heather Swanson, and Danielle Spencer represented the Wildcats in Round 2 where Berg posted a 9.850 on bars and floor.

ARIZONA STATE - Cairo Leonard-Baker won the Baton Rouge Regional bar title with a 9.925 as No. 21 Arizona State took third in the second session of the second round with a 195.425, falling short of advancing to the finals ... Leonard-Baker will compete in the NCAA championships as she qualified with her top uneven bars score.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears shattered their school-record team total once again, scoring a 197.675 at the NCAA Athens Regional Final Saturday evening, but the Bears’ stunning efforts weren’t enough to clinch a berth to the NCAA Championships ... The Bears finished in third behind Oklahoma (198.475) and Georgia (198.050) ... Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Milan Clausi, will advance to the NCAA Championships after scoring a 9.90 on vault.

OREGON STATE - Fourth-seeded Oregon State earned a spot at the NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas with a second-place finish at the NCAA Corvallis Regional at Gill Colisem ... The Beavers hit all 24 of their routines and scored a 196.600 to edge out top-seeded Florida on the final routine of the meet ... Needing a 9.750 to secure second place, Kaitlyn Yanish turned in a 9.90 to punch the Beavers’ ticket to the NCAA Championships.

STANFORD - Stanford finished fifth overall in the NCAA Corvallis Regional, falling just short of advancing to Saturday’s final session ... The Cardinal scored 196.075 behind Florida’s 197.500 and Oregon State’s 197.125 in the second round ... Kyla Bryant tied for fourth on uneven bars (9.900) and shared fifth in the all-around (39.400).

UCLA - No. 2 UCLA scored 198.075 to capture the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional and qualifiy along with Michigan to the NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas ... Kyla Ross bookended the competition with a pair of perfect 10s, recording one on balance beam in the first rotation and one on uneven bars in the final rotation to improve her 10.0 streak to 10 consecutive meets ... Katelyn Ohashi closed out floor with her crowd-pleasing routine notching a 9.95 ... The Bruins will be making their overall 35th NCAA Championships appearance.

UTAH - Edging Minnesota by just 0.125 going into the beam, all six Utes hit clutch routines to secure second place and a trip to the NCAA Championship ... MyKayla Skinner suffered her first fall of her college career on bars, however the Utes recovered nicely on beam after Kari Lee (9.90), Alexia Burch (9.825), Sydney Soloski (9.875), Adrienne Randall (9.75) and MaKenna Merrell-Giles (9.875) all made impressive performances ... The Utes are heading to the national championship for a record 44th-consecutive year.

WASHINGTON - The GymDawgs fought hard but couldn’t quite break into the top two of the Corvallis Regional, ending their season with a 195.900 ... Seven GymDawgs recorded a score of 9.850 including Geneva Thompson (vault, floor), Malory Rose (beam), Madison Copiak (beam), Amara Cinninghham (floor), Maya Washington (floor), and Kristyn Hoffa (floor).


UPCOMING SCHEDULE 

Friday, April 19 - Semifinal         
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 6 Michigan ESPN 2 1 p.m. ET
No. 5 UTAH vs. No. 3 LSU ESPN 2 1 p.m. ET
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Georgia ESPN 2/ESPNU 7 p.m. ET
No. 8 OREGON STATE vs. No. 4 Denver ESPN 2/ESPNU 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 20 - Championship Final         
  ESPNU 7 p.m. ET

 


CONFERENCE STANDINGS 

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
UCLA 7-0 19-1
Utah 5-1 16-4
Oregon State 4-2 17-5
Washington 3-3 13-11
California 3-4 16-8
Arizona 1-5 7-17
Arizona State 1-5 14-14
Stanford 1-5 7-15
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