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It wasn’t the result the Bruins were hoping for as they sent coach Valorie Kondos Field into retirement, but it’s hard to think of the team’s season as anything but a success.
Gymnastics meets at Pauley Pavilion drew crowds larger than that of the men’s basketball team, and the squad’s social media following grew to become the largest of any in women’s college sports.
Bruins gymnasts recorded 21 scores of 10.0, with Kyla Ross recording a perfect score in an NCAA-record 10 consecutive meets. She was also the first college gymnast to record a “Double Gym Slam” in a single season – recording a perfect score in every discipline, twice.
Katelyn Ohashi performed a floor exercise during a meet in January that received 117 million views on YouTube, making it the most-watched sports video of the year.
Through it all, Los Angeles Times photojournalist Wally Skalij spent many hours with the team.