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Bruins Downed at ASU, 197.800-195.475

Feb 20, 2022
Jordan Chiles

Tempe, Ariz. – UCLA earned a season-high total on vault and had several gymnasts record season-bests marks, but mishaps on uneven bars in the first rotation put the Bruins in a deep hole during a 197.800-195.475 loss at Arizona State.

The Bruins started the meet with three low marks on uneven bars, scoring just 47.825 on the event, while Arizona State scored 49.300 on vault. Although the Bruins recovered with a season-high 49.325 on vault and a 49.400 on floor exercise, the difference in the first rotation was insurmountable, as the Sun Devils scored 49.525 on uneven bars and floor exercise and 49.450 on balance beam.

Freshman Emma Malabuyo continued to be a bright spot for the Bruins, tying her career-high in the all-around with a 39.475. She and senior Kendal Poston tied for first on balance beam with career-high-tying scores of 9.900. Jordan Chiles recorded a career-high 9.900 on vault and scored 9.975 on floor exercise.

Rotation 1 – UCLA Bars, ASU Vault
The Bruins started the rotation with a season-high-tying 9.850 from leadoff performer Chae Campbell, who stuck her double front dismount, but got in a hole early after falls from both Ana Padurariu and Jordan Chiles. Norah Flatley got the Bruins back on track with a 9.925, but Sara Taubman, in her season debut, also fell on her release move, and the Bruins totaled just 47.825. The Sun Devils used a pair of 9.925s from Emily White and Alex Theodorou to score 49.300 on vault.

Rotation 2 – UCLA Vault, ASU Bars
UCLA rebounded with a season-high 49.325 on vault after four Bruins set or tied their season-highs. Chiles hit a career-best 9.900 on her Kasamatsu full. Sekai Wright had another outstanding leadoff performance for the Bruins, sticking her Yurchenko full for a season-high 9.875. Malabuyo matched Wright's score with a career-high 9.875. Norah Flatley tied her career-best with a 9.850, and Brooklyn Moors added a 9.825. Arizona State posted four scores of 9.900 or higher, led by Sarah Clark's 9.950, to total 49.525 on uneven bars.

Rotation 3 – UCLA Floor, ASU Beam
The Bruins received season-high marks from four gymnasts en route to a 49.400. Katie McNamara led off with a season-best 9.775. Samantha Sakti made her season debut on floor and hit a 9.850, her highest mark on the event as a Bruin. Moors and Malabuyo each scored career-bests of 9.900, and Chiles closed with a 9.975, earning a perfect 10 from one judge. The Sun Devils counted no score lower than 9.875 on balance beam and finished with a 49.450.

Rotation 4 – UCLA Beam, ASU Floor
UCLA started with strong on balance beam with leadoff 9.875s from Flatley and Chiles, followed by a 9.900 from Malabuyo. After Moors had a fall on her series, Kendal Poston came through with a huge career-high-tying score of 9.900 for the second week in a row. However, the Bruins had to count a fall when late replacement Sakti fell on her series. She finished strong, however, scoring 9.375, but the Bruins fell just short of 49, scoring 48.925. Arizona State closed the meet with a 49.525 on floor, led by Jada Mangahas' 9.950.

UCLA (2-6, 1-4 in Pac-12) will kick off a string of three consecutive home meets on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2pm when it hosts Washington in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.