The number two and defending Pac 12 and national champion UCLA Bruins won the 2019 Pac 12 Championship title with a season-high performance of 198.4, taking the win over sixth-ranked Utah, who also recorded a season high in their runner up performance of 198.025.
The Bruins started off well on vault, scoring a 49.425 with a stuck Yurchenko one-and-a-half from junior Felicia Hano leading the rotation. UCLA followed up vault with an incredible uneven bar rotation, led off by a career high 9.950 from freshman Margzetta Frazier and anchored by a Perfect 10.o from junior Kyla Ross, making it the eighth straight week Ross has recorded at least one perfect score. Rio 2016 Olympic Games uneven bars silver medalist Madison Kocian added a 9.925 and sophomore Nia Dennis also scored high with a 9.900, helping contribute to the massive 49.65 rotation total.
Beam was another great event for the Bruins, with four scores 9.900 or better. Grace Glenn led off the lineup with a near-perfect 9.950, a score matched by anchor Katelyn Ohashi, and Ross and Brielle Nguyen added 9.900s to contribute to the 49.55 rotation score. UCLA closed out their competition on their best event with their best performance of the night, scoring a huge 49.775 on floor in a rotation that featured two Perfect 10.0s from Ross and Ohashi, Ross’s second perfect mark of the meet and Ohashi’s first performance with her brand-new choreography. Gracie Kramer and Pauline Tratz also scored huge 9.950s, both hitting near-perfect routines to help the Bruins secure the championship easily.
Ross took home Pac 12 Gymnast of the Year honors and won the all-around with a 39.8, and her teammate Ohashi took home the Pac 12 Event Specialist of the Year title. UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos-Field won the Pac 12 Coach of the Year award, an especially special award given that is is Kondos-Field’s last season.
Utah finished .375 behind the Bruins after a very solid performance, led in particular by very strong performances on bars and floor. Junior MyKayla Skinner scored 9.950 on the uneven bars to anchor the Utes, and all five counting scores were 9.900 or better, with a 9.925 from Kim Tessen and a trio of 9.900s from Hunter Dula, Makenna Merrell-Giles, and Missy Reinstadtler combining for the 49.575 rotation total.
Floor was the true highlight, however, with a huge 49.7 rotation total anchored by a Perfect 10.o for Skinner, her first of the season, combining with five other strong performances to majorly boost the Red Rocks’ score. Utah was solid on vault and beam as well, but could not quite catch the Bruins.
Finishing in third place, the Oregon State Beavers had a solid three-event performance, struggling on beam to miss the 197 mark and finish with a total of 196.6. Floor was a major highlight of Oregon State’s performance, as they totaled a 49.425 on the rotation and were led by a 9.95 from Isis Lowrey and a pair of 9.900s from McKenna Singley and Mary Jacobsen. Rounding out the top four was Cal, who finished just .025 back from Oregon State with a 196.575. A strong all-around performance from Kyana George led the team, who had a very solid and consistent performance across all four events.
Taking home fifth place and winning the day session of the Pac 12 Championship was Arizona State, who totaled a 196.4 and had an overall very solid performance. Washington followed right behind with a 196.175, also having four solid rotations and three 9.900+ performances on floor. In seventh place, Stanford struggled on beam but otherwise had a successful competition, scoring a 195.925 and led by a stellar all-around showing from Kyla Bryant, who totaled a huge 39.525. Rounding out the competition with a 193.9 was Arizona, whose major struggles on the uneven bars took away the possibility of a solid score for the team. All eight Pac 12 teams will be competing at regionals, and all will be looking to improve even further on their performances to hopefully have a shot at advancing to nationals.Tags: 2019 Pac 12 Gymnastics Championship, Arizona, Arizona State, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arizona Wildcats, Brielle Nguyen, Cal, Cal Golden Beara, Cal Golden Bears, Felicia Hano, Grace Glenn, Gracie Kramer, Hunter Dula, Isis Lowrey, Katelyn Ohashi, Kim Tessen, Kyana George, Kyla Bryant, Kyla Ross, Madison Kocian, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Margzetta Frazier, Mary Jacobsen, McKenna Singley, Missy Reinstadtler, MyKayla Skinner, NCAA Gymnastics, Nia Dennis, Oregon State, Oregon State Beavers, Pac 12, Pac 12 Gymnastics Championship, Pauline Tratz, Stanford, Stanford Cardinal, UCLA, UCLA Bruins, Utah, Utah Utes, Valorie Kondos Field, Washington, Washington Huskies