UCLA Scores 197.025 in Dual Meet Win over Oregon State
Los Angeles - No. 13 UCLA recorded its second-straight score over 197 in a 197.025-196.500 win over Oregon State in the Bruins' Black Excellence Meet.
UCLA's Black gymnasts were just that – excellent. Margzetta Frazier won the all-around, tying her career-high with a 39.550. She also tied for first place on uneven bars with Nia Dennis, both scoring career-bests of 9.950. Freshman Chae Campbell won floor exercise with a 9.925, and junior Sekai Wright contributed a 9.850 on floor.
The Bruins (5-1, 4-1 in Pac-12 play) recorded season-high team totals on vault (49.225) and uneven bars (49.550). On vault, the Bruins had five stuck landings, starting with Pauline Tratz, who led off with a 9.800. After Kendal Poston's 9.825, the Bruins reeled off stick after stick, with Margzetta Frazier going 9.850, Nia Dennis scoring a near-perfect 9.925 on her 9.95 start-value vault, Chae Campbell booming a huge 9.800, and Emma Andres scoring a career-high 9.825 on her first vault of the year.
Uneven bars produced the best team total on any event this year, with UCLA totaling 49.550. Five of the six competitors scored season-highs, starting with 9.85s from Campbell and Savannah Kooyman. Sara Ulias recorded her career-high for the second-straight meet, going 9.925. Frida Esparza scored 9.875 before Dennis and Frazier closed with back-to-back 9.95s, career-highs for the pair.
The Bruins went into the third rotation leading 98.775-98.150 but saw the lead slip a bit after scoring 48.925 on beam. UCLA received back-to-back 9.9s from Samantha Sakti and Frazier, a 9.875 from Esparza and a leadoff 9.825 from Poston but was hit by a broken connection by Campbell, whose score dipped to 9.425.
UCLA ended the meet on floor exercise, symbolically concluding the rotation with all four of its Black gymnasts. Wright, Frazier and Dennis all scored 9.850, and Campbell had the meet's highest score on the event, a 9.925, as the Bruins finished with a 49.325 event score and the victory.
Oregon State (2-4, 1-3) recorded its season high score with a 196.500 and had the highest individual mark on beam, a 9.925 from Madi Dagen.
The Bruins will next compete at California on Saturday, Mar. 6.