UCLA Gymnasts Earn Season-Best 194.600 In Win Over Washington

Jan. 20, 2006

Seattle, Wash. - The UCLA gymnastics team recorded a season-high 194.600 on Friday evening to defeat host Washington, which scored 190.650. The Bruins swept the all-around standings, with Kate Richardson placing first with a season-best 39.3, Ariana Berlin placing second with a career-high 38.9, and Melissa Chan finishing third with a career-high 38.55. Kristina Comforte placed fourth with a 38.3. Richardson also won the beam (9.9) and floor (9.8) events.

Season-best marks were recorded by every Bruin team member. Berlin, competing all-around for the first time since 2001, recorded career-bests on three events (bars, beam and floor) and earned a second-place finish on floor with a 9.775 despite being the leadoff competitor for the Bruins on all four events. Chan had career-bests on two events (vault, 9.85 and bars, 9.775), and Jalynne Dantzscher earned career-highs on both events on which she competed, bars (9.65) and floor (9.75).

Washington took a slight lead after the first rotation, with just .025 separating the two teams. The Huskies scored a 48.775 on vault to take the slim lead. The Huskies were led by Ashley Houghting's 9.9. The Bruins scored 48.75 on bars, led by veterans Richardson (9.85) and Ashley Peckett (season-high 9.8). Also scoring well was Chan, who scored a career-high 9.775 with a stuck double front dismount. Berlin and Jalynne Dantzscher recorded career-best marks with scores of 9.675 and 9.65, respectively.

The Bruins were outstanding on vault, with four athletes recording season-bests. Berlin led off with a 9.725, and Chan followed with a career-high 9.85, sticking a Yurchenko layout full. Peckett recorded a season-best 9.85 with a Yurchenko layout half, and Comforte had the Bruins' top mark with a career-high 9.875. Jordan Schwikert made her season debut after shoulder surgery and recorded a 9.65, and Richardson's 9.75 gave the Bruins a season-best team total of 49.05. Washington, meanwhile, struggled on bars, scoring just 45.775 despite a meet-best 9.9 from Kelly McDonald.

UCLA took a lead of 3.25 points (97.8-94.55) into the third rotation. Berlin again led things off for the Bruins on floor. On top of displaying her unique hip-hop dance, Berlin also hit all of her tumbling passes, including a double pike and 2 1/2 twist and scored a 9.775 in her first counting routine. Jalynne Dantzscher nailed a huge arabian double front in her opening tumbling pass and closed with a double pike to score a career-best 9.75. Chan rebounded from a fall on her opening arabian double front pass to hit her remaining elements well and finished with a 9.125. Janelle Dantzscher followed with a career-high 9.775, hitting her double front opening pass and double pike closing pass. Comforte was sky-high with her arabian double front and stuck the landing but unfortunately landed her double pike dismount on her knees to score a 9.2. Richardson anchored floor and performed a stuck double layout and a double pike with a step back, scoring a 9.8. The Bruins recorded a team score of 48.3, a season-best on floor, to Washington's 47.975 on beam, allowing UCLA to increase its lead to 146.1-142.525.

Leadoff queen Berlin got UCLA off to a good start on beam, scoring a career-high 9.725. Chan earned a 9.8, displaying big-time skills, including a backhandspring/ two-foot layout and a double back dismount. Janelle Dantzscher had a few breaks that affected her start value, but she fought hard to stay on the apparatus and scored a 9.35. Richardson was superb for her final routine of the evening, scoring a meet-best 9.9, and Comforte closed the meet with a 9.725, giving UCLA an event score of 48.5.

The Bruins (6-1) return home for a Sunday, Jan. 22 meet against Oregon State. The meet will take place in Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm.

Team
1. UCLA - 194.600
2. Washington - 190.650

All-Around
1. Kate Richardson, UCLA - 39.300
2. Ariana Berlin, UCLA - 38.900
3. Melissa Chan, UCLA - 38.550

Vault
1. Ashley Houghting, Washington - 9.900
2. Kristina Comforte, UCLA - 9.875
3T. Melissa Chan, UCLA - 9.850
3T. Ashley Peckett, UCLA - 9.850

Bars
1. Kelly McDonald Washington - 9.900
2. Kate Richardson, UCLA - 9.850
3. Ashley Peckett, UCLA - 9.800

Beam
1. Kate Richardson, UCLA - 9.900
2. Kelly McDonald, Washington - 9.875
3. Melissa Chan, UCLA - 9.800

Floor
1. Kate Richardson, UCLA - 9.800
2T. Ariana Berlin, UCLA - 9.775
2T. Janelle Dantzscher, UCLA - 9.775
2T. Chelsea Bakken, Washington - 9.775
2T. Kristen Omori, Washington - 9.775

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