UCLA Remains Unbeaten after Win at Washington
Seattle, Wash. – No. 10 UCLA remained unbeaten after a 195.625-193.500 win at Washington on Sunday afternoon. Competing for the second time in five days and with another meet coming up on Friday, the Bruins rested some gymnasts and utilized many new faces on different events on their way to improving to 4-0 on the year.
Junior Margzetta Frazier captured her first all-around win of the season, scoring a season-high 39.325. She also took first place on uneven bars with another season-high of 9.925, added the Bruins' top mark on floor exercise with a second-place mark of 9.9 and tied her career-best on beam with a 9.825. Freshman Chae Campbell won both events she competed, scoring 9.875 on vault to tie for first and earning 9.9 on beam to take top honors. Senior Kendal Poston also had a strong showing, earning Top 3 finishes on both vault (9.800, tied for third) and beam (season-high 9.850 in the leadoff position).
The Bruins recorded their top score of the day in the first rotation, earning 49.125 on uneven bars. The back half of the lineup delivered strong routines, led by Frazier's 9.925 in the anchor position. Freshman Frida Esparza hit her difficult set for a 9.875, punctuated by a stuck double layout dismount, and senior Nia Dennis also stuck her double layout and scored 9.850. The rotation also saw the return of sophomore Kalyany Steele, who had missed the first three meets due to injury. Steele contributed a counting score of 9.725.
UCLA went five-deep on vault in rotation two and scored 48.950. Pauline Tratz and Poston started the rotation with a pair of 9.8s, a score that was also matched by Dennis. Campbell had just a small hop on her huge Yurchenko full and finished with a meet-high-tying 9.875. With the Huskies scoring under 48 on bars, the Bruins went into the halfway mark with over a point and a half lead, 98.075-96.475.
Half of UCLA's floor lineup made their competitive debut in the third rotation. After lineup veteran Emma Andres led off with a season-high 9.825, three first-timers came through with hit routines. Sara Taubman scored 9.65 her first time performing her routine in either competition or exhibition. Sara Ulias, after performing twice in exhibition this season, scored 9.725 in her first counting routine. And Samantha Sakti competed her first official floor routine as a Bruin and scored 9.625 while impressing with a stuck open double tuck opening pass. Rounding out the floor lineup were Sekai Wright, who scored a career-high 9.800, and Frazier, who hit her fourth 9.9+ floor routine of the year, scoring 9.900 to bring UCLA's floor total to 48.900.
On balance beam, the Bruins had to count a fall for the first time this year, scoring 48.650, but were led by a first-place mark of 9.900 by Campbell and a 9.85 from Poston competing in the leadoff position for the first time.
The Bruins will next compete at Utah on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7pm MT/6pm PT in a meet that will be televised live by ESPNU.