Skip to main content

UCLA Places Third in Season Opener

Jan 17, 2022
Chae Campbell

Minneapolis, Minn. – In its delayed 2022 season opener, UCLA scored 194.850 and placed third in a tri-meet behind host Minnesota (196.900) and Iowa (195.950). Norah Flatley placed third in the all-around in her first all-around appearance since 2019, scoring 39.225, and placed second on bars with a 9.900. Chae Campbell also earned a second-place finish with a 9.9 on a stuck Yurchenko full.

The Bruins had a solid start on uneven bars with leadoff scores of 9.825 from Jordan Chiles and 9.850 from Frida Esparza but followed with two consecutive falls. Norah Flatley got the Bruins back on track with a 9.9, but when Margzetta Frazier hit her ankle on the low bar during her routine, the Bruins finished with a 48.300.

Campbell and Samantha Sakti led the Bruins to a team score of 48.925 on balance beam with matching scores of 9.850. Padurariu rebounded from her fall on uneven bars with a leadoff 9.825. Other counting scores for the Bruins included a 9.725 from Flatley and 9.675 from Emma Malabuyo.

The Bruins had their strongest rotation on floor exercise, scoring 49.125. Sara Ulias scored a career-high 9.800 in the leadoff spot, followed by a 9.850 from Flatley. Freshman Brooklyn Moors' collegiate debut was one of the clear highlights of the meet, as her much-anticipated floor routine merited a 9.875. Malabuyo's 9.775 and Campbell's 9.825 closed the set.

Campbell's 9.900 and Moors' 9.850 were the only two scores above 9.8 on vault in the final rotation, as the Bruins scored 48.500.

"Clearly, this was not our best meet, and we are disappointed with our performance today," said head coach Chris Waller. "We need to get back to the gym, reset and refocus."

UCLA returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 23 at Oregon State at 2pm.