In their second away meet of the season, the number two ranked UCLA Bruins recovered from a slow start against Stanford, totaling a 197.225 to extend their undefeated season and defeat the host Cardinal, who posted a solid 195.1250 inside Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto.

The Bruins opened on the uneven bars where Kyla Ross competed a near-flawless routine for a 9.900, while freshmen Norah Flatley and Margzetta Frazier, Anna Glenn, and Madison Kocian all scored in the 9.800 range for an event total of 49.250. Stanford opened with a 48.850 on vault, with sophomore Rachael Flam scoring a 9.800 and a 9.825 from junior Aleeza Yu.


Norah Flatley performs on the balance beam for the UCLA Bruins against the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, California/UCLA Athletics

In rotation two, UCLA headed to the vault, where an uncharacteristic fall from Ross and two other lower scores left the event total lower than hoped for the Bruins. Despite some damp spots, freshman Sekai Wright continued showing her prowess with a powerful vault for a 9.875 and Nia Dennis posted a 9.850 as well for UCLA. The Cardinal moved to bars in the second rotation where they continued to trail the Bruins with a 48.925 even with a beautifully executed routine for a 9.875 from sophomore all-arounder Kyla Bryant

UCLA is known for their depth on floor and did not disappoint on the event in the third rotation. Senior star Katelyn Ohashi’s recently viral routine just fell short of another Perfect 10.0 tonight, as she scored a 9.975 to contribute to the team’s 49.350. Stanford, however, had their weakest event of the night in the third rotation on beam where they scored a 48.250, with two 9.8250s from Taylor Lawson and Kaylee Cole serving as high points for the Cardinal.

Stanford had one final push in the last rotation when they totaled an impressive 49.100 on floor, including 9.850s from Bryant, Lawson, and Morgan Hoang to close the meet. However, the final rotation brought the Bruins to arguably one of their strongest events, balance beam, where they totaled a season high of 49.525. A 9.975 from Ohashi, a 9.925 from Ross, and a 9.900 from Flatley highlighted the rotation for UCLA, ultimately defeating Stanford and allowing the Bruins to remain undefeated in the 2019 season heading into a difficult February stretch. 

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