The Bruins brought home their seventh NCAA gymnastics championship win Saturday evening, with an overall score of 198.075 to unseat The Sooners by .0375.
UCLA’s gymnasts earned the 2018 title at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, where they competed against two-time defending champ Oklahoma. UCLA trailed The Sooners by .175 heading into the final rotation of the night before turning in a championship record 49.75 score on balance beam to take the lead.
With so much at stake in the final round, UCLA sixth-year senior Christine Peng-Peng Lee needed to score at least a 9.975 to give UCLA the title, UCLA officials said. She delivered, scoring a perfect 10 to secure the program’s first title since 2010.
Lee, competing in her final collegiate meet, scored two perfect 10s Saturday evening, which is the second time this season she has done so in one meet, UCLA officials said. She finished her career with 10 perfect 10s.
Another highlight of the night for The Bruins was a season-high 49.6375 performance on uneven bars. UCLA counted four scores of 9.9 or better on the bars: a 9.9 from JaNay Honest, a season-high 9.9375 from Madison Kocian, a 9.95 from Kyla Ross (who also critically scored 9.9875 on the beam) and a 10 from Lee.
“I looked at the scoreboard, and I saw UCLA on top, and I am still in shock,” Lee said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end with this team … it’s been an incredible season.”
UCLA Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field, who has been in her role for 35 years, said she helped push her dedicated team members to be as physically fit as they could this year.
“This is truly is a dream team,” she said.
UCLA has now won 115 overall NCAA Championships.
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