UCLA Gymnastics Hosts UC Davis Saturday on Senior Day
#17 UCLA vs. UC Davis
Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 2 pm PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom)
TV: Pac-12 Network
TV Talent: Jim Watson, JaNay Honest
Live Stats: uclabruins.com
BRUINS HOST UC DAVIS IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
No. 17 UCLA (4-6) will host UC Davis (9-5) on Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2pm in the regular season finale in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Both teams are looking to improve their National Qualifying Score as postseason looms. Saturdayy's meet will be televised live on Pac-Network at 2pm. Doors open at 1pm.
Following the conclusion of Saturday's meet, UCLA will honor its senior class in their final home meet in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's seniors are highly accomplished both on the floor and off. The seven seniors have combined to earn 14 Scholastic All-America distinctions, seven Pac-12 titles, and four All-America awards. The Bruin seniors are: All-American and Scholastic All-American Norah Flatley, 3-time All-American and 2021 Pac-12 bars co-champion Margzetta Frazier, 3-time Scholastic All-American Kendal Poston, 3-time Scholastic All-American Samantha Sakti, 4-time Scholastic All-American and the 2021 Pac-12 floor exercise co-champion Pauline Tratz, 3-time Scholastic All-American Sara Taubman and 2021 Pac-12 vault champion Sekai Wright.
IMPORTANT FAN ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
Fans wishing to attend UCLA indoor athletic events must provide proof of fully-vaccinated status or one of the following negative test results: Antigen test administered within one day of event OR PCR test administered within two days of event (all guests, age 2 and older). COVID Clinic will be on-site to provide rapid testing for attendees. The test site will be set up on the north side of Pauley Pavilion, adjacent to Lot 7. Testing is offered at the expense of the guest for $49. Testing and result times may vary, so please arrive early. Fans over the age of 18 will also need to show a valid ID along with their proof of vaccination or negative test result. Face coverings will be required for all individuals aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status, at all times unless actively eating or drinking.
LAST TIME OUT
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, MALABUYO EARN PAC-12 WEEKLY HONORS
UCLA freshmen and U.S. Olympians Jordan Chiles and Emma Malabuyo were awarded Pac-12 honors this week as the Freshman and Specialist of the Week, respectively. Chiles earned her second Freshman of the Week honor this season. The 2020 Olympic silver medalist scored a career-high 39.800 in the Bruins' 198.050-197.200 victory over California, leading the Bruins to season-high team scores on vault (49.475), balance beam (49.625) and floor exercise (49.775). Chiles scored her second perfect 10 on floor and her third 10 overall. She also won uneven bars with a 9.975 and recorded career-best marks on vault (9.900) and balance beam (9.925). Chiles became just the ninth UCLA gymnast in history – and only the third UCLA freshman - to hit the 39.8 mark in the all-around. Malabuyo received her first-ever Pac-12 weekly award, winning Specialist of the Week honors. The 2020 U.S. Olympic alternate earned career-high marks of 9.975 on balance beam and 9.950 on floor exercise to help the Bruins score their highest team total since 2019. Malabuyo's balance beam victory was her fourth this season and third in a row. Her scores on beam and floor helped the Bruins record the fifth-highest marks in school history on those two events.
CAMPBELL HITS BACK-TO-BACK PERFECT ROUTINES
Sophomore Chae Campbell hit two consecutive perfect routines, earning her first career 10 on floor exercise in the final rotation on Feb. 27 and then following up with a perfect vault in the first rotation in the Bruins' next meet on Mar. 6. Campbell's Yurchenko layout full vault has a 9.95 start value, and she received the maximum score for it for the second time in her career. Both perfect marks, coincidentally, occured on Mar. 6 against Cal (2022 and 2021). This was the second time this year a Bruin hit back-to-back perfect routines, as Jordan Chiles accomplished the feat with a 10 on floor exercise at home on Feb. 4 and a 10 on uneven bars at Stanford on Feb. 12. Campbell is the 34th Bruin to score a perfect 10 and the 18th to do so on floor. She joins teammate Jordan Chiles as the only Bruins to score a 10 so far this year.
FLATLEY NOMINATED FOR AAI AWARD
Senior Norah Flatley is one of 35 nominees for the AAI Award, presented to the nation's top senior gymnast. Flatley has competed in the all-around five times this season and on at least three events in every meet, posting career-best marks this year of 39.750 in the all-around 9.950 on beam and floor and 9.900 on vault. She leads the team in routines competed this season with 29 and is ranked 20th in the nation on uneven bars with a NQS of 9.910. Prior to this season, Flatley had only competed all-around once, in her second collegiate meet in 2019, and vault twice, in the first two meets of 2019. Flatley was an All-American on uneven bars in 2019, a three-time All-Pac-12 selection (2020 beam, 2019 bars and beam) and a 2021 WCGA Scholastic All-American.
CHILES ACHIEVES RARE PERFECTION FOR FRESHMAN
Jordan Chiles' perfect 10 on floor exercise Feb. 4 was UCLA's first 10 since Kyla Ross on vault vs. Cal on Mar. 8, 2020 and the program's first on floor exercise since Gracie Kramer vs. Washington on Jan. 31, 2020, a meet that Chiles attended. Chiles' perfect 10 on uneven bars a week later was the first by a Bruin on that event since Ross did it at BYU on Jan. 18, 2020. Chiles, a 2020 Olympic medalist, is the first UCLA freshman to score a perfect 10 on any event since Ross on beam in 2017. The last Bruin freshman to score a 10 on floor was Tasha Schwikert in 2005, and the last UCLA rookie to score a 10 on bars was Ross at Utah on Feb. 18, 2017.
FRESHMEN MAKING BIG CONTRIBUTIONS
UCLA's heralded freshman class is making big contributions so far this season, with 47% of the Bruins' routines (90 of 192) coming from that class alone. Emma Malabuyo has competed 28 routines, second-most on the squad. Malabuyo has been consistently delivering strong routines all season, starting with a 39.100 in her all-around debut at Oregon State Jan. 23, improving to a third-place mark of 39.250 against Arizona and then finishing third again at Stanford and at ASU with career-best marks of 39.475. Last week against Cal, she earned career-high marks on balance beam (9.975) and floor exercise (9.950) and was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week. Malabuyo averages 9.775 or higher on every event and has scored 9.9 or higher on beam in four consecutive meets. Jordan Chiles is just behind Malabuyo with 28 routines competed and has gone all-around in her last six meets. She has an all-around season average of 39.421 and set a new season-high of 39.800 last week vs. Cal en route to Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors. She averages over 9.79 on every event, including a high of 9.929 on floor, and has three perfect 10s to her credit already, one on bars and two on floor. She leads all Bruins with 14 scores of 9.900 or higher. Ana Padurariu has been the ultimate leadoff performer on balance beam for the Bruins, scoring 9.900 three times in seven meets and averaging a team-best 9.843 on the event. Brooklyn Moors has top marks of 9.9 on floor (including three consecutive), 9.875 on beam and 9.85 on vault.
BRUINS ARE BEAMING
UCLA's highest-ranked event this year has been balance beam, as the Bruins stand at No. 16 nationally with a 49.220 NQS. The Bruins, who hold a season average of 49.225 on beam, hit a season-high 49.625 last week against Cal, the fifth-highest beam score in school history, and have not scored lower than 48.925 this season. Leading the way for UCLA on beam, literally, has been freshman Ana Padurariu. The Bruins' usual leadoff performer, Padurariu has posted three scores of 9.900 and a season average of 9.843. The leadoff position has been great for the Bruins, as senior Norah Flatley also scored 9.875 at ASU in the one spot. Freshman Emma Malabuyo has UCLA's highest single score of the season on beam with a 9.975 against Cal and has had two routines with a 10 from one judge. Senior Samantha Sakti also earned a perfect 10 from one judge, en route to a 9.95 score at Stanford. Seven different Bruins have scored 9.9 or higher on beam this season - Chae Campbell, Chiles, Flatley, Malabuyo, Padurariu, Kendal Poston and Sakti.
FLOOR SQUAD MAKES STATEMENT
UCLA's floor squad made a hug statement last week against Cal, scoring a season-high 49.775, the fifth-highest floor score in school history and the second-highest mark in the nation this season. In the Mar. 6 meet against Cal, the Bruins had all six routines go 9.9 or higher, led by Jordan Chiles' second perfect 10. Chae Campbell delivered a 9.975, Norah Flatley led off with a 9.95, a score that was matched by Emma Malabuyo, and Brooklyn Moors and Pauline Tratz each scored 9.9. The Bruin floor routines are an impeccable mix of showmanship, artistry and diverse and difficult tumbling. Each Bruin in the lineup against Cal tumbled a different opening pass - Flatley with a triple full, Moors with a front double full/punch front, Malabuyo with a double tuck, Tratz with a double pike, Chiles with a double layout and Campbell with a full-in. Two floor workers have scored perfect 10s - Chiles on Feb. 4 and Mar. 6 and Campbell on Feb. 27. UCLA floor routines have been receiving much attention online, with Wright's DMX tribute surpassing 10 million views on Facebook, Chiles'perfect 10 routine receiving 1.4 million views on Twitter, and Samantha Sakti's floor routine set to BTS' "Mic Drop" hitting over 100k views on Twitter.
COUNT ON CAMPBELL
Sophomore Chae Campbell continues to be UCLA's go-to gymnast meet in and meet out. The three-time All-American and 2021 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year has hit all 26 of her routines this season, with 16 going 9.85 or higher and all 26 scoring 9.7 or higher. On vault, she has scored 9.900 or higher in six out of seven meets and in her last five, earning a perfect score of 9.95 in her last meet Mar. 6. Campbell has not missed a routine since the first meet of the 2021 season, a fluke fall on uneven bars. Since then, she has hit 70 consecutive routines without a fall.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
UC Davis enters the meet ranked No. 42 in the nation. The Aggies are coming off three consecutive 196+ performances, downing Sacramento State in their last meet, 196.225-195.400. Senior Kyla Kessler and freshman Keanna Abraham earned MPSF weekly accolades as Kessler was named the gymnast of the week and Abraham the specialist of the week. Kessler posted a career-high 39.425 in the all-around and equaled the school record on floor exercise with a 9.950. Abraham equaled the school record on balance beam with a 9.925 and also posted a 9.925 on floor exercise.
The Bruins will compete at the Pac-12 Championships in West Valley City, Utah on Saturday, Mar. 19.