UCLA Gymnasts Defeat Oregon State, 194.5-192.875
Jan. 14, 2005
Corvallis, OR - The second-ranked UCLA gymnastics team won its first meet of the season, defeating eighth-ranked Oregon State at Gill Coliseum, 194.5-192.875. Freshman Tasha Schwikert was UCLA's highest all-around finisher for the second-straight meet, scoring a 39.05. Sister Jordan Schwikert was just behind with a 39.025, and Ashley Peckett totaled a career-high 38.575 to place third.
Tighter scoring in this meet than in the previous meet was apparent right from the get-go. The Bruins performed clean sets on bars but scored 48.525. Lindsey Vanden Eykel led all gymnasts with a 9.8. T. Schwikert tied for second with a 9.775. UCLA held a 0.2 lead after the first rotation and expanded the lead to 0.8 after scoring a 48.9 on vault in rotation two. Kristen Maloney earned a first-place mark of 9.875, followed closely by Peckett's 9.85 and T. Schwikert's 9.825.
On floor exercise in rotation three, T. Schwikert led the way with a 9.9. J. Schwikert placed second with a 9.8, and sophomore Courtney Walker earned a 9.675 in her first-ever counting routine on floor. UCLA totaled 48.35 on floor exercise while Oregon State scored 48.2 on beam with six hit routines. The Bruins locked up the win on beam in the final rotation, scoring a 48.725 to Oregon State's 48.05 on floor. Maloney led UCLA on beam with a 9.9. Christie Tedmon and J. Schwikert tied for second with identical scores of 9.8.
'With regards to the team's performance, we had another great meet,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'We had one fall in the meet, and all of our routines that we counted were well-executed without giving away any major deductions or even medium deductions. There's obviously a new scoring regime taking place nationally. I'm proud of how the team kept the focus on themselves and was able to compete from event to event with enthusiasm and a lot of team energy.'
Kondos Field also credited the team's ability to adjust to last-minute lineup changes. Junior star Kate Richardson came down with the flu earlier in the day and only competed on bars.
The Bruins return to Los Angeles to host Nebraska in the home opener on MONDAY, Jan. 17 at 2 pm. UCLA's 2004 NCAA Championship banner will be revealed, and 2004 U.S. Olympic team captain and silver medalist Mohini Bhardwaj will make a special appearance.
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