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UCLA Scores Season-Best 198.050 in Win over California

Mar 6, 2022
Norah Flatley

Los Angeles – No. 17 UCLA surpassed the 198 mark for the first time since 2020 and posted its highest team score since 2019 in a 198.050-197.200 dual meet victory over No. 8 California.

Jordan Chiles, Norah Flatley and Chae Campbell went 1-2-3 in the all-around, each scoring 39.700 or higher. The trio combined for 11 scores of 9.9 or higher, including seven that went 9.95 or higher. Chiles earned her third perfect 10 of the season, notching her second on floor exercise. Campbell had a perfect score as well, as she scored 9.95 on her 9.95 start-valued vault.

Chiles posted a winning all-around mark of 39.800 as she captured her second all-around win of the year. Along with her perfect 10 floor exercise, she also took first place on uneven bars with a 9.975, tied for second on vault with a career-high-tying 9.900 and placed third on beam with a career-best 9.925.

Flatley crushed her previous all-around career-high score with her second-place mark of 39.750. She scored three 9.950s, and led off with a career-high 9.900 on vault to tie for second place. Her leadoff floor exercise score of 9.950 tied her career-high and put her in third place on the event. Flatley also tied her career-best on balance beam with a second-place score of 9.950.

Campbell posted career-highs in the all-around (39.700), vault (9.950) and uneven bars (9.900, good for third place) and also scored 9.975 on floor exercise to place second. Her perfect vault came on the heels of her first perfect 10 on floor exercise a week ago, giving her two consecutive routines with a perfect mark.

Freshman Emma Malabuyo also had a near-perfect mark, earning a 10 from one judge and a 9.975 total on balance beam. She also scored a career-high 9.950 on floor exercise.

The Bruins (4-6, 3-4) hit season-high team totals on vault (49.475), balance beam (49.625) and floor exercise (49.775). In all, UCLA recorded 16 scores of 9.9 or higher.

UCLA's win ended Cal's chances of winning the Pac-12 regular season title outright and gave three other Pac-12 teams – Arizona State, Oregon State and Utah – a share of the regular season title with the Golden Bears with identical conference records of 5-2.

First Rotation – UCLA Vault, California Bars
UCLA got off to a great start with a season-high 49.475 on vault in the first rotation. Leadoff vaulter Flatley set the tone with a stuck Yurchenko full, scoring a career-high 9.900. Brooklyn Moors followed with a 9.800, and Sekai Wright and Kendal Poston hit season-bests of 9.875 and 9.850, respectively. Jordan Chiles scored 9.900 for the third consecutive meet, and Campbell closed it out with her second consecutive perfect routine, scoring a 9.950 for her Yurchenko layout full vault, which is valued at 9.950. Cal was solid on uneven bars, scoring 49.350, with five scores of 9.850 or higher, led by a 9.900 from Nina Schank.

Second Rotation – UCLA Bars, California Vault
UCLA scored 49.175 on uneven bars to maintain the lead at the halfway mark, 98.650-98.600. Campbell's supremacy continued on uneven bars, as she led the Bruins off with a career-high 9.900. Kalyany Steele followed with a season-best 9.800. UCLA ran into some issues on dismounts in the middle of the lineup, however, and had to count Malabuyo's 9.550 after Ana Padurariu put her hands down on her landing. But Chiles and Flatley boosted the Bruins with big scores of 9.975 and 9.950, respectively, to keep the Bruins ahead. Cal scored 49.250 on vault, led by Schank's 9.900.

Third Rotation – UCLA Beam, California Floor
UCLA recorded another season-high with a 49.625 on balance beam, the seventh-highest beam score in school history and the team's highest since scoring 49.650 at the 2019 NCAA Regionals. Chiles and Flatley continued their streak of 9.9 scores, with Chiles sticking her double pike dismount and scoring a career-high 9.925, and Flatley tying her career-high with a 9.950. After Campbell's 9.875, Samantha Sakti hit for a 9.900, and Malabuyo was nearly perfect with a 9.975. Cal scored 49.250 on floor exercise, led by a 9.950 from anchor Grace Quinn.

Fourth Rotation – UCLA Floor, California Beam
All six Bruin floor routines scored 9.9 or higher, as UCLA recorded its fifth-highest floor score in school history, a 49.775. Flatley once again provided a huge leadoff score, earning a career-high tying 9.950. Moors followed with a 9.900, Malabuyo set a new career-high with a 9.950, and Pauline Tratz added a 9.900. Chiles earned her second perfect 10 on floor this season, and Campbell nearly got her second as well, scoring 9.975 to close the competition. Cal scored 49.350 on balance beam, led by three scores of 9.900, but it was not nearly enough to catch the Bruins.

The Bruins will end the regular season on Saturday, Mar. 12 with a 2pm home meet against UC Davis. Following the meet, UCLA will honor its senior class of Norah Flatley, Margzetta Frazier, Kendal Poston, Samantha Sakti, Sara Taubman, Pauline Tratz and Sekai Wright.