The 15th-ranked Cal Golden Bears faced the number 18 Washington Huskies in a close meet which resulted in an home win for the Golden Bears, 196.650-196.350. Both teams posted consistent high scores throughout the meet, however, the home crowd energy inside Haas Pavilion was enough to help Cal secure the meet.

Washington took an early lead after posting a strong 49.150 on bars in the opening rotation. Both Madison Copiak and Monica Riley scored 9.875s to highlight the Huskies’ rotation. On vault, Cal fell short of the Huskies’ 49.150, and posted a 48.925.  

Although Washington held the lead heading into the second rotation, a matched 48.925 on vault put the team in second place after the Golden Bears posted a 49.250 on bars. For Cal, this score was the product of only having to count one score below 9.800.

Talitha Jones celebrates after competing on the uneven bars for the Cal Golden Bears against the Washington Huskies in Berkeley, California/Cal Athletics

 

In the third rotation, the Huskies fought back on floor with their second 49.150 total of the meet, however, this score could not match the Golden Bears’ 49.225 on beam. An uncharacteristic low score from Kyana George shocked Cal, yet the team did not let this prevent them from maintaining their lead. A huge 9.900 from Chelsea Shu and four other scores above 9.800 allowed the Golden Bears to omit George’s disappointing 9.275.  

In the final rotation, Cal secured the meet with another impressive 49.250 on floor. Unfortunately for Washington, a 49.125 on beam, highlighted by Evanni Roberson’s huge 9.925, was not enough to surpass the home Golden Bears, despite their solid performance throughout the meet.

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