Bryant's all-around effort lifts Stanford gymnasts


Sophomore Kyla Bryant won or shared first in every event to spark the Stanford women's gymnastics team to victory on Sunday in the season-opening NorCal Classic at Sacramento State.

Bryant matched personal bests on beam (9.900) and all-around (39.475), and also captured the uneven bars (9.850) in the quad meet. She tied for first on floor (9.900) and vault (9.825) in the comeback victory achieved in the final rotation on beam.

Kyla Bryant/Stanford Athletics
"She was lights out," Stanford coach Tabitha Yim said. "She was consistent in all events in the back of the lineup and looked like a seasoned veteran."

Junior Kaylee Cole tallied two top-five finishes, tying for third on vault with junior teammates Aleeza Yu (9.775), and claimed a share of fifth on floor with senior Hailee Hoffman (9.775).

Also producing strong showings were senior Taryn Fitzgerald, who tied for fifth on beam (9.825) and seventh on vault (9.750), along with sophomore Taylor Lawson, who nabbed third on bars (9.750) and ninth on floor (9.750).

The Cardinal led off the meet with a strong performance on floor to lead after the first rotation and maintained it through the second rotation on vault. UC Davis pulled ahead after the third rotation, but Stanford finished strong to regain the advantage.

Stanford returns to Sacramento to face the Hornets and Seattle Pacific on Friday at 7 p.m.

"We learned a lot, especially for a first meet," said Yim. "Overall, I'm really pleased and excited about the season."

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