With less than one-tenth of a point lead going into the final event of Wednesday’s meet at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins used a season-best effort on floor to stave off a comeback to win 196.6-196.325 over No. 11 Brigham Young.
As the No. 10 Bruins rolled up four scores on 9.9 or better to finish the rotation, BYU gymnasts began to join in on the sideline. Dancing along with Bruins Margzetta Frazier and Nia Dennis, whose 9.925s helped clinch the meet for UCLA.
Scores of 9.9 from senior Pauline Tratz and freshman Chae Campbell helped add to UCLA’s season-high 49.425 on floor. From Tratz’s electronic dance number to Dennis’ hip hop routine that took over the internet.
It was easy to practice four events in elite gymnastics, Frazier said. She had eight hours a day to train. At UCLA, she has just 20 hours a week.
Dennis’ return to bars, where she scored a 9.8, allowed her to break into the all. Around competition again after a shoulder injury hampered her on the event.
With a season-low 48.95 on beam, UCLA’s 0.3-point lead after two rotations dwindled to just 0.075 points entering the final event. The Bruins didn’t flinch at the pressure.
“The standard that we always set for ourselves is to perform big and live in the moment and support each other and love each other,” Dennis said. “So that was the same energy that we had going into floor and the whole entire day.”