UCLA Gymnasts Defeat Washington, 196.575-192.6
Feb. 13, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - In its second meet in the last three days, the fifth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team defeated 19th-ranked Washington in Pauley Pavilion, 196.575-192.6, to improve its record to 8-2. Washington dropped to 8-4. Junior Kate Richardson led a UCLA 1-2-3 sweep in the all-around, scoring a season-high 39.625. Senior Kristen Maloney was close behind with a 39.575, and freshman Tasha Schwikert placed third with a 39.375. UCLA's Olympic trio each won an event, with Richardson winning vault (9.95) and bars (9.85), Maloney winning beam (9.95) and Schwikert winning floor (9.975).
The Bruins stormed out to a 1.225 lead after the first rotation with a strong vault set that scored a 49.175. Richardson led the way with a season-high 9.95 and earned a 10.0 from one judge. Maloney stuck her Yurchenko full vault and received a 9.925. Jordan Schwikert tied for third with a 9.85. Washington had a few struggles on bars and scored 47.95.
After a fall from the Bruins' first competitor on bars in rotation two, the final five competitors had no room for errors and made very few. J. Schwikert scored a 9.7, Maloney a 9.8, Richardson a meet-high 9.85, Lindsey Vanden Eykel earned a 9.775, and T. Schwikert closed with a 9.825. The Huskies were solid on vault, scoring 48.675, thanks in large part to Tacia LaBatte's 9.85 and Carly Dockendorf's 9.825.
UCLA's beam team kept putting distance between the Bruins and Huskies in rotation three, scoring 48.975 to Washington's 47.95 on floor. Christie Tedmon led off with a solid 9.725. T. Schwikert earned a 9.825, and Richardson and Maloney finished with scores of 9.9 and 9.95, respectively. Maloney's score included a 10.0 from one judge.
In the final rotation, the Bruins had one of their strongest efforts of the year on floor exercise, totaling a 49.475. Ashley Peckett had her best routine of the year, tying her season-high with a 9.8. J. Schwikert also tied her season-high with a 9.875. Maloney followed with a 9.9, then Richardson tied her season-best with a 9.925. T. Schwikert concluded the meet with a near-perfect 9.975.
UCLA will travel to Stanford on Friday, Feb. 18 for a dual meet at Maples Pavilion.
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