The Stanford Cardinal fell to the Washington Huskies at home in Palo Alto by just three tenths, posting a 195.475 to the Huskies’ 195.825. Both teams had a solid meet, as lineups are becoming solidified and teams work on perfecting execution and hitting consistently. Stanford still struggled a bit with their bars lineup, but managed to avoid counting a fall. Washington only competed five vaults, where their lower start values held them back a bit.

Stanford started off on vault, scoring a 48.750. They struggled a bit through the first half of the lineup, with just mediocre Yurchenko fulls keeping the scores around 9.600 to 9.700. Rachael Flam stuck her Omelianchik vault for a 9.850, the highest score of the night. Aleeza Yu followed with a powerful Yurchenko full, though a hop on the landing kept her score to a 9.825. On the uneven bars, the Huskies had five clean routines with nearly-stuck dismounts and tricky connections to score a 48.925. Evanni Roberson posted the highest score for Washington with a 9.825, placing second on the event. They went on to score four identical scores of 9.775, all tying for third on the event.

On vault, Washington scored a 48.875 without the luxury of being able to drop a score as Kristyn Hoffa scratched her vault due to a lingering injury. Madison Copiak stuck her Yurchenko full for a 9.775, while Roberson and Geneva Thompson scored 9.800 for their vaults and tied for third on the event. Stanford was able to count five hit routines on the uneven bars for a 48.475, showing improvement over past weeks. The Cardinal will want to continue improving their scores, as they were only able to count one score over a 9.800 this week. Kyla Bryant scored a 9.850, winning the event with a big double layout dismount to close.

Taryn Fitzgerald performs on the balance beam for the Stanford Cardinal against the Washington Huskies in Palo Alto, California/Stanford Sports

Stanford fared better on beam than on the uneven bars, scoring a 49.075 in the third rotation. All five counting scores were at least a 9.800, with Bryant, Taryn Fitzgerald, and Wesley Stephenson tying for second on the event with a 9.825. Taylor Lawson also hit a huge standing Arabian to score a 9.800. Washington put up fantastic performances on floor to score a 49.025. Amara Cunningham started the Huskies off with a powerful tumbling but well-controlled landings, scoring a 9.725. Kristyn Hoffa showed a difficult routine and placed third with a 9.875, anchoring Washington’s lineup. Overall, the Huskies did a good job cleaning up their landings and were able to count three scores over a 9.800.

Ending on the balance beam, the Huskies had six steady performances for a total of 49.000. Roberson posted the highest score of the night on beam, scoring a 9.850. Small wobbles here and there kept Washington from having a stellar beam rotation, as their scores got stuck between 9.775 and 9.800. Stanford also finished strong on the floor exercise, where they scored a team total of 49.175. Kyla Bryant and Morgan Hoang continued to be top floor workers for the Cardinals. They finished first and second on the event, with Bryant scoring a 9.925 and Hoang scoring a 9.875. The rest of Stanford’s lineup also showed big tumbling, and could be a top ten floor team with more controlled landings.

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