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UCLA Place Fourth at Pac-12 Championships

Mar 19, 2022
Norah Flatley

West Valley City, Utah – Fifth-seed UCLA finished in first place after Session 1 of the Pac-12 Championships, scoring 196.950, a new season-high road score for the team. The Bruins finished in fourth place overall after teams in Session 2 competed, behind first-place Utah (198.000), second-place California (197.425) and third-place Oregon State (197.250).  

Arizona State, who competed in the second session, placed fifth overall with a 196.675. Washington finished sixth with a 196.400, followed by Arizona (196.375) and Stanford (196.000). 

UCLA trailed after the first two rotations but rebounded in rotation three to take the lead after scoring 49.375 on balance beam, and they maintained the lead with a 49.425 on floor exercise to close the meet.

Senior Norah Flatley led the Bruins with a 39.450 in the all-around, finishing in a tie for fifth overall. She held the lead on balance beam after the first session with a 9.925 and finished fifth there as well. Sophomore Chae Campbell tied for second place on vault with a 9.900, and freshman Emma Malabuyo finished tied for third on floor exercise after recording the highest score in session one with a 9.925.   

Rotation 1 – Vault
UCLA hit five of six vaults in the first rotation but had just three score 9.8 or higher. Campbell's 9.900 led the team, followed by Jordan Chiles' 9.850 and Flatley's 9.800. Also scoring for the Bruins were Malabuyo, a late-addition to the lineup who earned a 9.775, and Kendal Poston, who recorded a 9.700. The Bruins scored 49.025 on vault, good for second place, two-tenths behind Arizona, who scored 49.225 on beam.

Rotation 2 – Uneven Bars
The Bruins had five scores go 9.8 or higher, but none over 9.850. Campbell started the rotation with a 9.800, followed by a 9.825 from Frida Esparza. Ana Padurariu had a hit routine but scored just 9.675. Malabuyo hit for a 9.800, and Chiles looked well on her way to another perfect 10 but went over on her last handstand and had to take extra swing. Nonetheless, she still stuck her full-twisting double back dismount and scored a team-high 9.850. Flatley concluded the rotation with a 9.850. The Bruins totaled 49.125 and remained in second place with a two-event total of 98.150, just .025 behind first-place Washington

Rotation 3 – Balance Beam
UCLA rebounded big on balance beam, taking the lead with a three-event score of 147.525 after scoring 49.375. All six beam performers scored 9.800 or higher, and two hit 9.900 or higher. Padurariu led off with a stellar 9.900 routine, followed by a 9.850 from Chiles that was highlighted by a big double pike dismount. Flatley delivered with a team-best 9.925, sticking her 1.5 dismount. Campbell and Malabuyo added 9.850s, and Samantha Sakti scored 9.800.

Rotation 4 – Floor Exercise
UCLA closed the meet with a 49.425 on floor exercise to maintain the lead. Flatley's 9.875 leadoff routine set a strong tone, and Brooklyn Moors followed with a 9.900, her fourth in a row. Malabuyo scored 9.925, her second-highest mark of the season and the highest score of the session. Chiles hit a 9.875, and Campbell closed with a 9.850.