Flatley, Chiles to Compete at NCAA Championships
UCLA senior Norah Flatley and freshman Jordan Chiles will compete as individuals at the 2022 NCAA Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, April 14 in Fort Worth, Texas. Flatley qualified in the all-around after winning the NCAA Raleigh Regional, and Chiles qualified on uneven bars and floor exercise.
Individual championships, along with four Team Final spots, are up for grabs on the first day of competition. The Bruin gymnasts will compete in the second semifinal session, which begins at 5 pm CT/3 pm PT. Flatley will rotate with Michigan and start her competition on the vault. Chiles will compete on uneven bars in the first rotation and on floor exercise in the third rotation. She will rotate with Missouri.
The Bruins earned individual spots in the Championships by recording the top score from a non-advancing team at the NCAA Raleigh Regional second round. Michigan and Missouri earned the two qualifying team spots by virtue of their Top 2 finish. The Bruins were edged out by just .025. Flatley's all-around score of 39.575 in Thursday's second round action gave her the Regional win, her second all-around victory this season. She is UCLA's first Regional all-around champion since Samantha Peszek in 2015. Chiles scored 9.950 on uneven bars to tie for first place with Michigan's Natalie Wojcik. On floor exercise, her 9.950 score tied teammate Chae Campbell, Michigan's Gabby Wilson and LSU's Kiya Johnson, but Chiles won the tiebreaker between Campbell and Johnson, which counted all four scores from the judges. Chiles had a 10 and three 9.950s, while Campbell had a 10, two 9.950s and a 9.900, and Johnson had three 9.950s and a 9.900.
As an all-around competitor, Flatley is eligible for individual titles on all four events and the all-around. She finished the regular season ranked 33rd nationally in the all-around with a national qualifying score (NQS) of 39.325. She set her career-high of 39.750 on Mar. 6, 2022 in a home meet win against California. Flatley is averaging 39.425 in the all-around and has scored 39.45 or higher in her last six all-around attempts. Her highest individual event ranking is 24th on uneven bars. She has a NQS of 9.9250 and a season average of 9.895. She earned a season-high-tying 9.950 twice this season, most recently on Mar. 6. She has eight scores of 9.9 or higher on uneven bars this season, and has a career-best of 9.975. Flatley also has a career-best of 9.975 on floor exercise, set Mar. 6. Competing in the leadoff position, she has five scores of 9.9 or higher this season. Her season and career-bests on balance beam and vault are 9.950 and 9.900, respectively.
Chiles, a 2020 Olympic silver medalist, has perfect 10s on both uneven bars and floor exercise. She scored her first 10 on floor exercise on Feb. 4, on just her second time competing the routine, and received her second 10 on Mar. 6. Chiles ranks 23rd nationally on floor with a NQS of 9.925. Her season average of 9.908 ranks first on the Bruin team. Chiles earned a 10 on uneven bars at Stanford on Feb. 12 and hit back-to-back 9.950s at the NCAA Regionals. Her season average on uneven bars is 9.858, and she ranks 18th nationally with a 9.925 NQS.
The team semifinals/individual competition will be televised live on ESPN2 on April 14 at 11 am CT/10 am PT and 5 pm CT/3 pm PT. The team finals will be televised live on ABC on April 16 at 12 pm CT/10 am PT.