On a beautiful evening in Anaheim, CA the UCLA Bruins, California Berkeley Bears, UC Davis Mustangs, and the Michigan State Spartans met up for a quad meet at the California Grand Invitational. The Bruins had a fantastic meet, winning with a 197.700. The Bears came in second with a 196.075, the Spartans in third with a 194.900, and the Mustangs in fourth with a 193.825.

The first rotation featured UCLA on vault, Cal on bars, UC Davis on beam, and Michigan State on floor. All four teams had an extremely strong first rotation with UCLA going 49.075 on vault, the highest score coming from Kyla Ross with a 9.875. Cal went 49.000 on bars with counting four scored at or above 9.800. Nina Schank had the highest score for the Bears on bars with a 9.850. Over on beam, UC Davis lead off with a 9.625 from Aya Suzuki. The scores continued to build from there, and the Mustangs went on to score a 48.950 on the event. Michigan State posted a solid 49.025 on floor with highlight performances from Sydney Ewing and Ella Douglas.

Aya Suzuki
Photo: Wayne Tilcock

Following the first rotation, the UCLA bruins had a slim lead of 49.075, followed by Michigan State with a 49.025, then Cal with a 49.000, and then UC Davis with a 48.950.

UCLA kept the momentum going on to the uneven bars. Savannah Kooyman entered the uneven bars lineup posting a 9.775. Norah Flatley was a highlight of the event, scoring a 9.900, but then came Kyla Ross performing a beautiful routine for a perfect 10.00. The Bruins went 49.450 on the event and were in a great position halfway through the meet.

On beam, Cal went 48.825 with a highlight routine from Toni-Ann Williams for a 9.850. UC Davis had a bit of a tougher time on floor, scoring a 47.975, but saw a solid 9.750 from Yasmine Yektaparast. Michigan State went over to vault where the Spartans counted scores all above 9.700 for a 48.750 team score.

As the meet progressed, the UCLA Bruins only continued to improve. Brielle Nguyen lead off for the Bruins on beam for a 9.775, a score the Bruins would go on to drop after posting a 9.850 from Madison Kocian, two 9.875s from Norah Flatley and Nia Dennis, a 9.900 from Kyla Ross, and a huge 9.975 from Katelyn Ohashi.

Kyla Ross
Photo: Pac 12

Cal also continued their meet success over on floor exercise with four scores at or above 9.800. Sofie Seilnacht posted the highest score for the Bears on floor with a 9.850. UC Davis scored a respectable 48.800 on vault with the highest score coming from Cammi Johnson for a 9.825. On bars, Michigan State had a little bit of trouble but were able to keep it together with a 9.800 from Jessica Ling to score a 48.350 on the event.

Going into the final rotation, the Bruins had capitalized on their lead… and then they had the floor rotation of a lifetime. Norah Flatley lead off with a 9.700 to begin the floor momentum. After Flatley’s routine, the Bruins posted four scores of 9.925 from Gracie Kramer, Kyla Ross, Margzetta Frazier, and Pauline Tratz. It didn’t end there. Katelyn Ohashi then closed for the Bruins scoring a perfect 10.00.

Katelyn Ohahsi on floor
Photo: Emily Howell-Forbes

Cal finished their meet on vault with a fantastic rotation for a team score of 49.200. The highlight vault came from freshman Milan Clausi for a 9.900. UC Davis finished on bars, and although the team had to count two scores below 9.600, the Mustangs were able to keep it together to score a 48.100 on the event. Michigan State closed their meet on beam with a solid rotation and with a lineup that definitely has potential. The Spartans went 48.775 on the event with help from Alaina Raybon and Ella Douglas who both went 9.850.

The competition completed with the UCLA Bruins coming out on top with a 197.700, followed by Cal with a 196.075, then Michigan State with a 194.900, and then UC Davis with a 193.825. UCLA’s Kyla Ross won the all around with a massive 39.700, followed by Norah Flatley of UCLA with a 39.275, and then Michigan State’s Lea Mitchell with a 39.025. Cal’s Milan Clausi won the vault title with a 9.900, Kyla Ross of UCLA won the bars title with a perfect 10.00, and UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi won the beam and floor titles with scores of 9.975 and 10.00, respectively.

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