UCLA Gymnasts Rally In Last Rotation To Win Quad Meet

March 19, 2005

Fayeteville, Ark. - The fifth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team rallied in the final rotation to overtake third-rotation leader and third-ranked Nebraska in a quad meet at the University of Arkansas. UCLA finished with a total of 196.85, followed by Nebraska's 196.625, Arkansas' 195.625 and Oregon State's 195.55. The Bruins trailed the Huskers, 147.575-147.4, heading into vault in the fourth rotation and scored a meet-high 49.45 to overtake Nebraska, which scored 49.05 on bars.

The Bruins found themselves in second place right off the bat after totaling 48.925 on bars. Jordan and Tasha Schwikert led the team with scores of 9.85, which held up at the end of the meet for first place. Nebraska forged ahead with a score of 49.025 on the balance beam, led by a 9.9 from Richelle Simpson. Arkansas kept close in third place with a 48.7 on vault, while Oregon State scored 48.3 on floor exercise.

Nebraska expanded its lead in the second rotation with a stellar floor exercise set, led by a perfect 10 from Simpson. The Huskers had four scores in the 9.8 range, as well as a 9.95 from Emily Parsons and Simpson's perfect mark to score a 49.45. UCLA also performed well on balance beam, scoring a 49.2 with six hit routines. Junior Kate Richardson led the way with a meet-winning score of 9.925. Kristen Maloney and Jordan Schwikert added scores of 9.875.Down by .35 (98.475-98.125) at the halfway mark, the Bruins closed the gap a bit in the third rotation with a 49.275 on floor. Maloney (9.95), T. Schwikert (9.925) and J. Schwikert (9.875) provided the team's top marks. Nebraska, meanwhile, scored 49.1 on vault to bring its three-event total to 147.575, .175 ahead of UCLA's 147.4.

Vault got off to a rocky start for UCLA after its first competitor fell and only scored 9.175. But the Bruins responded to the pressure like champions, closing the rotation with big scores. Ashley Peckett earned a 9.775. Richardson totaled 9.85. J. Schwikert tied her career-high with a 9.9. T. Schwikert earned a 9.95, and Maloney clinched the win with a season-high 9.975. Nebraska scored 49.05 on bars, but it wasn't enough to overcome UCLA's late charge.

Maloney won the all-around with a score of 39.6 to lead a Bruin 1-2-3 sweep. T. Schwikert was second with a 39.525, and J. Schwikert placed third with a career-high tying 39.5. Maloney also won the vault with her meet-clinching 9.975. Both Schwikerts tied for first on uneven bars with three others with marks of 9.85. Richardson tied for first on balance beam with a 9.925.

The Bruins will next compete at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, Mar. 26 at Berkeley.

Team Results
1. UCLA 196.85
2. Nebraska 196.625
3. Arkansas 195.625
4. Oregon State 195.55

1. Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 39.6
2. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 39.525
3. Jordan Schwikert (UCLA) 39.5

Event Winners:
Vault - Kristen Maloney (UCLA) 9.975
Uneven Bars - Jordan Schwikert (UCLA), Tasha Schwikert (UCLA), Chrissy Lamun (OSU), Michele Zabawa (Neb), Desire Sniatynski (Neb) 9.85
Balance Beam - Kate Richardson (UCLA), Chelsea Plourde (OSU) 9.925
Floor Exercise - Richelle Simpson (Neb) 10.0

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