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UCLA Scores Season-Best 197.5 to Win at Arizona
By: UCLA Athletics
UCLA recorded nine 9.9+ and 22 9.8+ scores en route to a season-best team total in a 197.500-196.250 win at Arizona. UCLA scored a season-high 49.5 on floor and had event winners on all four events. Olivia Courtney led a UCLA 1-2-3 all-around sweep with a season-high 39.5.

The Bruins had a strong start on uneven bars, scoring 49.375 to take an early .250 lead. Danusia Francis led off with a strong routine punctuated by a stuck dismount and scored 9.825. Hallie Mossett also stuck her dismount and scored 9.875, a score that was matched by Sydney Sawa. After Courtney's 9.825, Sophina DeJesus and Samantha Peszek closed it out with back-to-back 9.9s.

The Bruins continued their success on vault in the second rotation. Jennifer Pinches led off with a 9.8, followed by a career-high 9.85 by Mossett. Sawa scored 9.8, and Sadiqua Bynum recorded a 9.725. Again, the final two Bruins hit back-to-back 9.9s, with Peszek and Courtney helping to lift UCLA's vault score to 49.25. Arizona kept pace by scoring 49.275 on bars, and the Bruins entered the third rotation up 98.625-98.400.

UCLA extended its lead in a big way by scoring a season-high 49.5 on floor exercise. Beginning with Pinches' leadoff 9.8, each subsequent routine scored progressively higher, with Mossett earning 9.85 and DeJesus 9.875. Bynum tied her career-high with a 9.9, Courtney earned a 9.925, and Sawa finished with a 9.95 to win floor for the fifth-straight meet.

With UCLA up 148.125-146.975 heading into the last rotation, the Bruins looked to finish strong on beam. Mossett led off with a 9.85 that brought her all-around total to a career-high 39.425. DeJesus had a fall on her flight series but finished the rest of her routine strong, scoring 9.35. Courtney had a questionable connection on her acro series, so she added a backhandspring/layout into her routine that she hit with ease to ensure a 10.0 start value. She finished with a final score of 9.85 to give her an all-around season-best of 39.5. Peszek hit another near flawless beam routine, scoring 9.9. Francis showed no deductions in her routine, nailing her sideways side aerial to full-twisting dismount and scoring a career-high-tying 9.95. Sawa closed with a 9.825 to give the Bruins a 49.375 beam total and a season-best 197.5 team score. The Bruins' team total bested their previous season high by over half a point.

Bruins took the top three spots in the all-around, with Courtney winning for the second-straight meet with a 39.5. Sawa was second with a career-high-tying 39.45, and Mossett was third with a new career-high of 39.425. UCLA had an event winner on each apparatus. Courtney and Peszek tied for first on vault with scores of 9.9. DeJesus and Peszek tied with two Arizona gymnasts on bars with 9.9 scores. Francis won beam with a 9.95, and Sawa took floor with a 9.95.

UCLA (6-2, 6-1 in the Pac-12) will next compete at Michigan on Friday, Mar. 7.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. NCAA Regionals
Salt Lake City, UT
2nd, 196,375
Friday, Apr 15
vs. NCAA Team Semifinals
Fort Worth, TX
3rd, 196.700
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. NCAA Super Six
Fort Worth, TX
5th, 196.825