UCLA Gymnasts Defeat Nebraska In Home Opener
Jan. 17, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - In UCLA's 2005 home gymnastics opener in Pauley Pavilion Monday afternoon, the second-ranked Bruins recorded a team total of 197.05 to easily defeat 19th-ranked Nebraska, which scored 192.65. Freshman and 2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert scored UCLA's first 10.0 of the season on the uneven bars, and junior and two-time Olympian Kate Richardson led a Bruin 1-2-3 sweep in the all-around with a season-best 39.525.
Nebraska took a slight lead after the first rotation, 49.025-49.0, after stellar uneven bars scores from all six gymnasts. The Huskers had two 9.775s, three 9.8s and a team-high 9.85 from Desiré Sniatynski. UCLA also had solid scores on vault, led by Richardson's 9.875 and Kristen Maloney's 9.85.
The Bruins pulled away in the second rotation, however, scoring a 49.725, the third-best bars score in school history and the highest in the nation this year. Richardson started a string of 9.9+ scores with a near-perfect 9.975. Jordan Schwikert followed with a 9.925, and Tasha Schwikert earned UCLA's first 10.0 of the season with a dynamic routine punctuated by a stuck full-twisting double back dismount. Maloney and freshman Lindsey Vanden Eykel closed the set with scores of 9.9 and 9.925, respectively. Nebraska earned a 48.7 on vault, led by Emily Parsons' meet-winning 9.9.
Holding a full point lead over Nebraska heading into the third rotation, the Bruins kept the momentum going with a 49.5 on beam, against the highest score in the nation so far this year. Jordan Schwikert earned a 9.925, followed by Richardson's 9.875, then Tasha Schwikert and Maloney received back-to-back 9.975s. Nebraska ran into a few problems on floor exercise and had to go five-deep with all five scores counting when Richelle Simpson scratched from floor. Parsons again led the Huskers and all competitors on floor with a 9.9.
UCLA had some trouble on floor exercise as well, with two out-of-bounds deductions and a fall on the last routine, but the Bruins nevertheless scored a 48.825, led by a 9.875 from Jordan Schwikert and a pair of 9.8s from Ashley Peckett and Richardson.
Richardson won the all-around with a season-high 39.525, followed by Jordan Schwikert in second place (career-high 39.475) and Maloney in third (39.4). Tasha Schwikert and Emily Parsons each won two events, with Schwikert placing first on beam (tied with Maloney) and bars, and Parsons winning the vault and floor.
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