Gymnastics Hosts Trio Of California Schools Sunday Afternoon

Jan. 19, 2005

Bruins Host Quadrangular Meet Sunday - The UCLA gymnastics team (2-1)returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 23 with a quadrangular meet againstCalifornia, Cal State Fullerton and Sacramento State. The meet willtakeplace in legendary Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm.

Olympic Medalists To Perform Prior To Meet - Olympic rhythmicgymnasticsmedalists Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tchachina will perform prior toSunday'smeet. Kabaeva is the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the all-around and asix-time World Champion. Tchachina won the silver medal in theall-around atthe 2004 Games. They are in town for the 2005 LA Lights competition inCulver City on Jan. 21-23.

Follow The Action Live - Live streaming video and live scoring will beavailable on the UCLA webpage, www.uclabruins.com. To access the video,youmust have a high-speed connection and subscribe to the College SportsPass,which costs $6.95 per month on $49.95 for the year. All of UCLA's homemeetsthis season will have live streaming video.

Join The 'Cub Club' - At each home meet, there will be a different collectible Bruin Cub in the Cub Club series for sale. The second Cub Club bear will be available for purchasefor$7.50 at Sunday's meet. The first Cub in the series will also be available, while supplies last. Everyone who purchases a Cub will receive anemailupdate from a different Bruin gymnast each week.

Tasha Schwikert Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week - Freshman TashaSchwikertwas named the first Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for the 2005 season.Schwikert scored UCLA's first perfect 10 of the season on the unevenbarsand also tied for first on the balance beam with a career-high 9.975againstNebraska. Against Oregon State, she won the all-around (39.05) andfloorexercise (career-high 9.9).

Bruins Top 197 In Home Opener Against Nebraska - For the second time inthree meets, UCLA topped the 197 mark, scoring 197.05 to easily defeatNebraska (192.65) in the Bruins' home opener Jan. 17. Kate Richardsonled aUCLA 1-2-3 sweep in the all-around with a 39.525. Jordan Schwikert wassecond with a career-high 39.475, and Kristen Maloney placed third witha39.4. Tasha Schwikert scored UCLA's first perfect 10 of the season,receiving her mark on the uneven bars and helping UCLA achieve anationalseason-best score of 49.725, the third-highest bars score in UCLAhistory.Richardson (9.975), Jordan Schwikert (9.925) and Lindsey Vanden Eykel(9.925) also set or tied career-highs. Tasha Schwikert and Maloney wonthebalance beam with scores of 9.975.

UCLA Defeats Oregon State Jan. 14 - The Bruins won their first meet oftheseason on Friday evening, defeating Oregon State 194.5-192.875.FreshmanTasha Schwikert led a UCLA 1-2-3 sweep in the all-around. Schwikertscored a39.05, followed by Jordan Schwikert's 39.025 and Ashley Peckett'scareer-high 38.575. The Bruins won every event, with Kristen Maloneywinningthe vault with a 9.875 and the beam with a 9.9. Lindsey Vanden Eykelwonuneven bars with a 9.8, and Tasha Schwikert won floor with a 9.9.SophomoreCourtney Walker set career-highs on bars (9.625) and floor (9.675).

Bruins Score 197.3 In Season Opener - UCLA opened the 2005 season byscoringa 197.3 at Utah. It was the second-highest season-opening score in UCLAhistory but not enough to catch Utah, which scored 197.675. The Bruinfreshmen turned in veteran-like performances, with Tasha SchwikertearningUCLA's highest all-around score with a 39.575. Jordan Schwikert wasspectacular as well, scoring 39.4 with a 9.9 on beam. Lindsey VandenEykeltied for second on bars with a near-flawless routine that scored 9.925.TheBruin veterans gave outstanding performances as well, with seniorKristenMaloney scoring a 39.525 in the all-around and tying for first on vaultwitha 9.95. Junior Kate Richardson scored 39.475 in the all-around and tiedforfirst with Tasha Schwikert on beam with a 9.95. Senior Christie Tedmonearned a career-high on vault with a 9.85.

In The Rankings - UCLA is ranked No. 2 in the national rankings thisweek,which are based on highest score. The Bruins' 197.3 is higher than allteamsexcept Utah, which scored 197.675 to beat the Bruins last week. UCLAranksNo. 1 on vault (49.5), bars (tied with Utah with a 49.35) and beam(49.375)and 14th on floor (49.075). Individually, the Bruins have four rankedin theTop 10 in the all-around - No. 4 Tasha Schwikert (39.575), No. 6KristenMaloney (39.525), No. 7 Kate Richardson (39.475) and No. 10 JordanSchwikert(39.4). Four Bruin vaulters are ranked in the Top 20 for that event -No. 2Maloney (9.95), No. 4 Richardson (9.925), No. 8 T. Schwikert (9.9) andNo.20 J. Schwikert (9.875). Three Bruins are ranked in the Top 10 on bars- No.3 Lindsey Vanden Eykel and T. Schwikert (9.925) and No. 10 Maloney(9.875).On beam, four UCLA gymnasts occupy the Top 6 spots, led by No. 1Richardsonand T. Schwikert (9.95), No. 6 J. Schwikert and Maloney (9.9).

About The Bruins - UCLA is coached by four-time national coach of theyearValorie Kondos Field. The Bruins return two All-Americans from lastyear'schampionship squad, both Olympians - 2000 U.S. Olympian and five-timeAll-American Kristen Maloney and two-time Canadian Olympian andeight-timeAll-American Kate Richardson. Adding to UCLA's Olympian pool isfreshmanTasha Schwikert, Maloney's 2000 teammate and an alternate at the 2004Games.Other notable returners for UCLA are Ashley Peckett, Lori Winn andChristieTedmon, all key contributors to the Bruins' championship run lastseason.Sophomores Michelle Selesky and Courtney Walker should also seesignificantaction in 2005. Joining Schwikert in the freshman class is her youngersister Jordan, a former two-time U.S. National Team member, and LindseyVanden Eykel, a former two-time U.S. National uneven bars champion.

A Look At The Opponents - California is coming off a tri-meet victoryoverUC Davis and Brown in the team's season opener. The Golden Bears scored191.85 and were led by senior My-Lan Dodd, who won the all-around witha38.775 and beam with a 9.8. Senior Miho Maeda scored a career-high 9.9toplace first on uneven bars and earned a 9.7 on floor to tie for first.CalState Fullerton and Sacramento State each scored their best marks oftheshort season at their season opener in Fullerton. The Titans placedthird inthe quad meet with a 193.225, while Sacramento State was fourth with a192.275. Fullerton's Erica Ficarrotta scored a 39.0 to place second intheall-around, and Sacramento State's Alexis Tsurumoto won the uneven barswitha 9.85.

Richardson Returns After Olympic Success - Junior Kate Richardson madehistory this summer when she became the first UCLA female gymnast tocompetein the Olympics as a collegiate athlete. Richardson earned a spot ontheCanadian Olympic team for the second-straight Games and qualified fortheall-around finals after a 14th-place preliminary finish. She alsobecame thefirst Canadian woman ever to qualify for event finals on floor exerciseatthe Olympic Games and only the second Canadian woman to make any eventfinalat the Olympics. She finished seventh on floor.

Sister Act - Freshmen Tasha and Jordan Schwikert are the first pair ofsisters to compete concurrently for UCLA's gymnastics team. Tasha, 20,deferred enrollment in college to train towards an Olympic berth.Jordan,18, just graduated in the spring from Centennial HS in Las Vegas, NV.Thetwo sisters trained together at Gym Cats and were both U.S. NationalTeammembers. Tasha was a member of the 2000 Olympic squad and captain ofthe2003 World Championship gold medal-winning team. She has won six U.S.National titles in her career and was an alternate for the 2004 OlympicGames. Jordan was a rising star who made the National Team from2001-02, buta back injury kept her out of gymnastics in 2003, and she returned in2004as a Level 10 champion. Both Schwikerts have competed in the all-aroundinall three meets, with Tasha earning a season-best of 39.575 at Utah,andJordan scoring 39.475 vs. Nebraska.

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