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UCLA Gymnastics Beats UC Davis,197.700-193.975 on Senior Day

Mar 12, 2022
Emma Malabuyo and Chae Campbell

LOS ANGELES – No. 17 UCLA earned a 197.700-193.975 victory over UC Davis in the regular season finale at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. On Senior Day, UCLA underclassmen Chae Campbell and Emma Malabuyo were perfect, scoring perfect 10s on floor exercise and balance beam, respectively. Campbell also had a second perfect routine, scoring 9.95 on her 9.95 start-valued vault. The sophomore won the all-around with a career-high 39.725. Freshman Jordan Chiles also captured an event title, taking first place on uneven bars with a 9.950.

Norah Flatley led the seniors with a second-place all-around mark of 39.575 and a career-high 9.975 on floor exercise. Samantha Sakti tied for third place on balance beam with a 9.875. Sekai Wright tied her season-high on vault with a 9.875 to place third.

The Bruins hit every routine without a fall, including all four exhibition routines.

"I can't say enough about what an incredible job our seniors did, and the supporting cast with everyone else stepping in," said UCLA head coach Chris Waller. "The performance tonight was really incredible."

Rotation 1 – UCLA vault, UC Davis bars
The Bruins started the meet with a 49.425 on vault, their second 49.4+ score in a row. Flatley and Malabuyo kicked off the rotation with a pair of 9.850s. Chiles hit her fourth consecutive 9.900 vault, and Sekai Wright brought back her Yurchenko 1.5, scoring a season-high-tying 9.875. Kendal Poston scored 9.800, and Campbell recorded her second consecutive perfect score with a 9.950 on a high and stuck Yurchenko layout full. UC Davis had two sub-9.0 routines on uneven bars and scored just 47.575.

Rotation 2 – UCLA bars, UC Davis vault
With three routines scoring 9.925 or higher, UCLA recorded a season-high 49.475 on uneven bars. After Campbell's leadoff 9.875, sophomore Frida Esparza made a triumphant return to competition, scoring 9.925 in her first meet since Jan. 23. Ana Padurariu, who performed a newly-constructed routine, and Emma Malabuyo contributed scores of 9.675 and 9.800 in the middle of the lineup, and Chiles and Flatley closed it out with scores of 9.950 and 9.925, respectively. UC Davis rebounded from their bars troubles by scoring 49.000 on vault, led by Kyla Kessler's 9.850.

Rotation 3 – UCLA beam, UC Davis floor
The Bruins recorded 49.475 for the second-straight rotation, buoyed by Malabuyo's first career perfect 10 and UCLA's first beam 10 since 2020. Padurariu led off with a strong 9.875, followed by a 9.725 from Chiles and 9.825 from Flatley. Campbell delivered a 9.900, earning a 9.95 from one judge, Sakti hit a 9.875, and Malabuyo glided through her routine with ease to gain her 10.0. UC Davis went 49.000 on floor exercise, led by Megan Ray's 9.900.

Rotation 4 – UCLA floor, UC Davis beam
UCLA kicked off its final floor party in Pauley this season with near-history, as Flatley led off with a career-high 9.975, earning a perfect 10 from one judge. Wright concluded her time in Pauley with a hit routine that scored 9.825, and Sakti hit as well, scoring 9.775. Chiles upgraded her already difficult routine, going for a full-twisting double layout opening pass and scored 9.750 after landing short. Campbell was perfect for the second time this meet and for the second time on floor in her last three meets. Pauline Tratz closed the scoring portion of the meet with a 9.700 after going out of bounds on her first pass. The Bruins ended the meet with exhibition routines from Chloe Lashbrooke, making her first appearance since tearing her Achilles in 2021, and senior Sara Taubman, who hit her first floor performance in Pauley Pavilion. UC Davis closed its meet with a 48.400 on balance beam, with three scores of 9.800 or higher.

The Bruins recorded their third consecutive 197+ score as they ramp into postseason mode. UCLA will next compete at the Pac-12 Championships on Mar. 19 at 1pm MT.