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Cardinal Impresses in Season Opener

Jan 16, 2022

BERKELEY, Calif. - Fifth-year senior Kyla Bryant took home three event titles en route to an all-around victory on Sunday, totaling a career-best and NCAA-leading all-around score of 39.675 to lead the Cardinal program to a memorable season-opening performance of 196.275. 

The Cardinal faced a half-point score deficit after its first two rotations. Stanford then flipped the script, storming back with incredible performances on beam and floor to nearly record a tie with its Bay Area rival. With the meet tied at the end of television coverage, a last-minute score change for Cal gave them the .05-point victory, topping the Cardinal 196.325-196.275. 

Bryant's career-best all-around performance started with a career-best matching performance on bars, scoring a 9.95 to earn the highest score given throughout the meet. 

She followed her impressive bars performance with a 9.875 on vault and closed out the meet with scores of 9.925 on both floor and beam. 

With her efforts Sunday, Bryant, alongside Utah's Grace McCallum and Michigan's Natalie Wojcik, holds the nation's top all-around single-meet score through two weeks of competition. 

Freshman Brenna Neault made a lasting impression on the collegiate gymnastics world with her Cardinal debut, opening her collegiate career with scores of 9.75-or-better on all four apparatuses.  

Throughout the meet, Stanford saw incredible performances from its specialists. Redshirt senior Isabela Onyshko scored a 9.875 on beam in her debut for the Cardinal while senior Wesley Stephenson also opened her final season for the Cardinal with an incredible performance on beam, scoring a 9.85.  Fifth-year Lauren Navarro stepped in as a last-minute switch and recorded scores of 9.75 on vault and beam. Senior Grace Waguespack saw performances of 9.775 and 9.60 on bars and beam, respectively. 

Freshman Anapaula Gutierrez saw 9.8+ efforts in her first-ever collegiate meet on both bars and floor. 

The Cardinal has just a short six-day break before returning to action on January 22 when it travels to Arizona for a 3 p.m. PT meet with the Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners.