Madison Kocian scored her first perfect 10.0 on bars. Photograph: YouTube

They say there is magic within UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, and the atmosphere was certainly magical on Saturday afternoon, when UCLA posted the highest score of the season so far, a 198.125 against Stanford (194.175).

UCLA had not scored over 198 since 2012, and it is only the second team in the country to have managed it this season, alongside no. 1 Oklahoma.

UCLA started strong on vault. The best score was posted by Madison Preston, who was back from an injury this week, and scored a perfect 9.950 for an impressive full-twisting Yurchenko.

On vault, UCLA’s Gracie Kramer debuted her one-and-a-half-twisting Yurchenko, which was worth a well-deserved 9.925.

Kramer’s score tied with Stanford’s Aleeza Yu. Stanford lost their best gymnast, Elizabeth Price, with injury again, and vault was their best apparatus this week.

UCLA was on fire on bars, where it scored two perfect 10.0s. One from Olympic champion Madison Kocian, who finally got her rhythm and transitions right all the way through her routine.

And the other from anchor Christine Peng-Peng Lee, who scored the first perfect 10.0 of her career. It is a well-deserved score for Lee, whose career was marred by a lot of injuries and disappointments.

Kyla Ross, who scored a perfect 10.0 on bars two weeks ago, was again very close to perfection, scoring a 9.975.

Balance beam was won by Katelyn Ohashi (9.975), who finally hit her full routine, including her full-twisting layout. It is a must-watch!

Second on beam was Christine Peng-Peng Lee, who kept her momentum going after bars, competing a very confident set (9.925).

Third was Kyla Ross with a 9.875 and fourth Michaela Gerber with a 9.850.

UCLA’s last rotation was floor, and the Bruins did not disappoint.

The best score was posted by Madison Kocian (9.950), who seems to increasingly be into the sassy mood of her routine.

Behind her, Stella Savvidou, on her birthday, scored a career-high 9.925 for a brilliant routine, full of pathos and elegance.

Katelyn Ohashi and Napualani Hall scored two excellent 9.875s.

Angi Cipra also debuted on floor. Her new routine is super-sassy and full of energy, maybe just slightly over the top (9.825).

The all around was won by Madison Kocian, with a 39.575.

By Talitha Ilacqua



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