Gymnastics Team Competes Twice In Southern California This Weekend
Feb. 8, 2005
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton Feb. 11 - The fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins (6-2) will compete their first of two meets this weekend at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Feb. 11. The dual meet will take place at Titan Gym at 7:00 pm. UCLA has defeated Fullerton once this year, winning a quad meet at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 23 with a score of 197.15. Titan sophomore Erica Ficarrotta ranks second nationally on floor exercise with an average of 9.925 but has not competed on floor since the season opener.
UCLA Hosts Washington Feb. 13 - The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 13 to host 19th-ranked Washington at 2:00 pm. The Huskies enter the week with an 8-1 record and are off to their best start since the 1984 season. Washington will host No. 12 Arkansas and No. 21 Oregon State on Friday before traveling south to face the Bruins. Senior Carly Dockendorf ranks 10th nationally in the all-around and is 16th on floor and 21st on bars. Dockendorf and UCLA junior Kate Richardson were club teammates at Abbotsford Twisters in British Columbia.
Follow The Action Live - Live streaming video and live scoring will be available on the UCLA webpage, www.uclabruins.com. To access the video, you must have a high-speed connection and subscribe to the College Sports Pass, which costs $6.95 per month on $49.95 for the year. All of UCLA's home meets this season will have live streaming video.
Join The 'Cub Club' - At each home meet, a different Bruin Cub will be a collectible Bruin Cub. There will be a different bear for sale at each meet. The third bear in the Cub Club Series will be available for purchase for $7.50 at Sunday's meet. Everyone who purchases a Cub will receive an email update from a different Bruin gymnast each week. Also available at Sunday's meet is a UCLA Gymnastics meet program/poster, distributed free to the first 500 people in attendance. This week's program features a poster of Christie Tedmon, Ashley Peckett and Lori Winn.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins slipped two notches to No. 5 in the national rankings, which are based on season average. UCLA is averaging 195.921 but have scored 197+ in three of their six meets this season. UCLA is ranked No. 1 on vault (49.2), No. 3 on bars (49.104) and beam (48.883) and No. 19 on floor (48.733). Senior Kristen Maloney leads the nation in the all-around for the third-straight week, averaging 39.565 with a national season-best 39.75 earned three weeks ago. She is one of four Bruin gymnasts ranked in the Top 15. Joining her are No. 4 Tasha Schwikert (39.4), No. 7 Kate Richardson (39.215) and No. 14 Jordan Schwikert (39.169). Maloney is also ranked No. 1 on bars (9.905), No. 2 on beam (9.912) and No. 3 on vault (9.9). Tasha Schwikert ranks sixth on bars, seventh on vault and 14th on beam. Richardson ranks 14th on vault.
Maloney Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week - Fifth-year senior Kristen Maloney was named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and the UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after an outstanding performance at Michigan. Maloney won the all-around with a score of 39.575 and placed first on beam (9.9) and floor (tied with a 9.9), second on bars (9.9) and fifth on vault (9.875). The nation's top-ranked gymnast has been rock solid all season, scoring 9.9 or higher on 14 of 22 routines competed and 9.825 or higher on 21 of 22 routines.
Maloney continues to be an inspiration since her return to gymnastics in 2004 after a two-year battle with leg injuries. As a freshman, she helped the Bruins win the 2001 NCAA Championship, then she sat out the 2002 and 2003 seasons to heal her injured leg. She returned with a vengeance in 2004 and again helped the Bruins win the NCAA title, scoring a meet-high 39.725 in the all-around at the team finals.
About The Bruins - UCLA is coached by four-time national coach of the year Valorie Kondos Field. The Bruins return two All-Americans from last year's championship squad, both Olympians - 2000 U.S. Olympian and five-time All-American Kristen Maloney and two-time Canadian Olympian and eight-time All-American Kate Richardson. Adding to UCLA's Olympian pool is freshman Tasha Schwikert, Maloney's 2000 teammate and an alternate at the 2004 Games. Other notable returners for UCLA are Ashley Peckett, Lori Winn and Christie Tedmon, all key contributors to the Bruins' championship run last season. Sophomores Courtney Walker and Michelle Selesky and senior Kisha Auld have also seen significant action in 2005. Joining Schwikert in the freshman class is her younger sister Jordan, a former two-time U.S. National Team member, and Lindsey Vanden Eykel, a former two-time U.S. National uneven bars champion.
Richardson Returns After Olympic Success - Junior Kate Richardson made history this summer when she became the first UCLA female gymnast to compete in the Olympics as a collegiate athlete. Richardson earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic team for the second-straight Games and qualified for the all-around finals after a 14th-place preliminary finish. She also became the first Canadian woman ever to qualify for event finals on floor exercise at the Olympic Games and only the second Canadian woman to make any event final at the Olympics. She finished seventh on floor.
Sister Act - Freshmen Tasha and Jordan Schwikert are the first pair of sisters 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. The two sisters trained together at Gym Cats and were both U.S. National Team members. Tasha was a member of the 2000 Olympic squad and captain of the 2003 World Championship gold medal-winning team. She has won six U.S. National titles in her career and was an alternate for the 2004 Olympic Games. Jordan was a rising star who made the National Team from 2001-02, but a back injury kept her out of gymnastics in 2003, and she returned in 2004 as a Level 10 champion. Both Schwikerts are ranked in the Top 15 nationally in the all-around, with Tasha fourth and Jordan 14th. Tasha is one of only five gymnasts in the nation to score perfect 10s so far this season and the only one to do so on two different events.
Waller, Bhardwaj Team Up For Olympic Triumph - Bruin assistant coach Chris Waller played a significant role in the 2004 Olympic Games, coaching U.S. team captain and former Bruin Mohini Bhardwaj, who led the USA to a team silver medal. Bhardwaj also found individual success, qualifying for the floor exercise finals and placing seventh and placing eighth in all-around in preliminaries (she was unable to compete in the all-around finals, however, due to the two-per-country rule).