Valorie Kondos Field surpasses 500 career wins with UCLA gymnastics

UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field passed the 500 career win mark Saturday as the No. 4 Bruins won the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas with a season-high score of 197.625.

Behind Kyla Ross‘ winning all-around score of 39.7, a career high, and Peng-Peng Lee‘s perfect 10 on beam, the second of her career on that event, the Bruins topped No. 2 LSU (197.365), No. 14 Washington (196.525) and No. 28 North Carolina State (195.825).

Kondos Field, who has coached the Bruins to six NCAA championships, now has 502 career victories since taking over the program in 1991.

Lee’s beam routine helped UCLA to its highest team event total this season. The Bruins scored a 49.625 on the event, which put them in first place over LSU after two rotations. Ross scored a 9.975 and Grace Glenn added a 9.9. Madison Kocian and Katelyn Ohashi each had 9.875s.

The Bruins continued to stretch their lead with each event. They pushed it to two-tenths after floor, where Ohashi led the team with a 9.925, and finished 0.26 points ahead of the second-ranked Tigers after Ross and Napulani Hall both scored at least 9.9 on vault. Ross won the event with a 9.925 while Hall tied her career high with a 9.9.

UCLA will host defending NCAA champion Oklahoma, currently ranked No. 1 in the country, on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.

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