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Future Bruins Impress at GK U.S. Classic

May 22, 2021
Jordan Chiles (photo courtesy Lloyd Smith)

Incoming UCLA freshmen Jordan Chiles, Emily Lee and Emma Malabuyo impressed at the GK U.S. Classic on Saturday, with Chiles placing second in the all-around, Lee placing eighth, and Malabuyo qualifying for the U.S. Championships with a two-event score of 27.050.

Chiles hit all four routines and finished with an all-around score of 57.100, placing second behind only Simone Biles. Chiles placed second on two events – uneven bars (14.150) and floor exercise (13.950) and was fourth on balance beam (14.050). She also posted the second-highest vault score in the competition, a 14.950 on a Yurchenko double full.

Lee totaled 53.900 in the all-around to place eighth. She also placed fourth on floor exercise with a 13.800 and sixth on balance beam with a 13.700. Her other marks were 14.250 on vault and 12.150 on uneven bars.

Malabuyo competed on just uneven bars and balance beam but earned Top 10 finishes on each event, with a seventh-place mark of 13.750 on uneven bars and a ninth-place score of 13.300 on balance beam. Her two-event total of 27.050 qualified her to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will take place June 3-6 in Fort Worth, Texas.