UCLA’s sophomore Kyla Ross seems ready to defend her NCAA balance beam title! This week, UCLA Gymnastics posted a video on Twitter featuring Kyla performing a new upgraded beam routine. The routine starts with a brand new mount, a straddle jump onto the beam. Ross then performs her usual BHSO + LOSO series, her very difficult switch ring, a full turn and a new side somi, which replaces her old free-walkover. Ross dismounts with a free-cartwheel into full twist off the beam.
After becoming Olympic champion in 2012 and World champion in 2014, Kyla Ross joined UCLA in 2016 and had an outstanding freshman season. A five-time All American, she scored four perfect 10.0s in her first season, twice on the uneven bars and twice on balance beam. She won the Pac-12 balance beam title with a perfect 10.0, the first gymnast in history to score a perfect 10.0 on beam at the Pac-12 Championships. At the National Championships, she won the NCAA balance beam title (9.9625) and tied for the uneven bars title (9.950). Ross was also named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Ross made history at Nationals, becoming the first female gymnast to win an Olympic, World and NCAA title.
In the meantime, on vault, Ross’s teammates showed great improvement. Senior Napualani Hall and sophomores Felicia Hano and Gracie Kramer all performed solid one-and-a-half-twisting Yurchenkos. And freshman Nia Dennis showed off a stuck full-twisting Yurchenko. Vault was UCLA’s weakest apparatus last season, and it is encouraging to see so many upgrades and stuck landings so early in the season!
Article by Talitha Ilacqua