Bruins Place Second In Triangular Meet
Feb. 27, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - The second-ranked UCLA gymnastics team earned a split decision in a triangular meet at Pauley Pavilion, defeating Arizona but falling to Georgia in front of a season-high home crowd of 2,565. Georgia placed first with a 196.5, while UCLA recorded a second-place mark of 196.1. Arizona was third with a 193.625. UCLA's Kristen Maloney and Tasha Schwikert tied for first in the all-around with identical scores of 39.55.
The Bruins, who were competing without injured All-American and two-time Olympian Kate Richardson, took a .525 lead right out of the gate, scoring 49.3 on vault in the first rotation. Christie Tedmon and Lori Winn started off with solid scores of 9.7 and 9.75, respectively, and the scores built from there. Ashley Peckett scored a 9.85, Jordan Schwikert a career-high tying 9.875, Tasha Schwikert earned a 9.9, and Kristen Maloney closed with a 9.925 on a stuck Yurchenko full. Arizona finished rotation one in second place after earning 48.775 on bars. Monica Bisordi led the Wildcats with a 9.8. Georgia was just behind in third place with a 48.725 earned on balance beam. Ashley Kupets led the way with the highest beam score of the afternoon, a 9.875.
UCLA extended its lead slightly in the second rotation, scoring 49.25 on the uneven bars. Maloney's 9.9 and T. Schwikert's 9.95 led the way, and Winn tied her season best with a 9.825. Georgia moved into second place after posting a 49.225 on floor exercise. The Gym Dogs had five scores of 9.8 or higher, including a 9.925 from Kupets and a 9.875 from Michelle Emmons. Arizona slipped to third on balance beam after scoring a 47.025. Bisordi had the Wildcats' top mark with a 9.725.
Georgia made its move in the third rotation, scoring a meet-high 49.325 on vault thanks to three 9.875s and two 9.85s. UCLA had five solid routines with no major breaks on balance beam but could not score higher than Maloney's 9.825. The Bruins' beam score of 48.375 dropped them into second place with a 146.925, .35 behind Georgia's 147.275.
The Bruins totaled 49.175 on floor exercise with three 9.775s, a 9.9 from Maloney and a 9.95 from T. Schwikert, but it wasn't enough to catch Georgia, which scored a 49.225 on uneven bars. After the Gym Dogs' first competitor scored 9.5, every routine was crucial, and the each competitor followed with scores of 9.8 or better to clinch the victory. Kelsey Ericksen led the way with a 9.9.
Maloney and T. Schwikert tied for first in the all-around (39.55). Kupets placed third with a 39.5. Maloney placed first on vault, second on bars and third on beam and floor. Schwikert placed first on bars and floor and was second on vault and fourth on beam.
UCLA (10-3) will host Florida on Sunday, Mar. 6 in its home finale at 2 pm.