UCLA Sets New Season-High With 196.075 In Win Over Oregon State

Jan. 22, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Competing for the second time in three days, the 13th-ranked UCLA gymnastics team recorded a season-high score of 196.075 in a dual meet victory over Oregon State in Pauley Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The Beavers also recorded a season-high with a second-place mark of 195.4.

The Bruins were coming off a season-high performance on Friday at Washington, where they scored 194.6 and set several career and season-high marks. They continued to raise the bar on Sunday, with freshmen Melissa Chan and Kristina Comforte leading the way in the all-around. Chan won the all-around with a career-high 39.375, and Comforte placed second with a career-high 39.35. Oregon State's Jami Lanz placed third with a career-high 39.175. Bruin freshman Ariana Berlin also set a new career-best with a 38.95.

Berlin got the Bruins off to a tremendous start, sticking a Yurchenko layout full vault for a career-high score of 9.8. Janelle Dantzscher competed on vault for the first time this season and scored a 9.625 on a Yurchenko layout. Chan had a small step on her Yurchenko layout full but scored a 9.825, and Ashley Peckett set a season-high with a 9.875 on a Yurchenko layout half. Comforte followed with a 9.85 on a high Yurchenko layout full, and Kate Richardson closed the season-best set with a season-high tying 9.9. The Bruins scored a team total of 49.25, while Oregon State scored 48.7 on bars.

Berlin again started off the Bruins' rotation strong, hitting her uneven bars routine for a career-high 9.75 after sticking her full-in dismount. Chan recorded a career-best 9.8 with a difficult routine. Peckett followed with a season-high tying 9.8. Comforte nailed her high-flying routine and punctuated it with a stuck double layout dismount to score a career-high 9.875. A 9.875 from Richardson gave UCLA a season-high 49.15 and a two-event total of 98.35 to Oregon State's 97.6. The Beavers kept things close with a 48.9 on vault, led by a pair of 9.875s from Angela Morales and Megan Devencenzi.

On beam, after Berlin posted a 9.625, Jalynne Dantzscher tied her career-high with a 9.65. Chan hit her difficult routine and stuck her double back dismount for a career-high tying score of 9.85. Janelle Dantzscher followed with a 9.7. Comforte nailed her beam set in the anchor position, scoring a career-high 9.9. UCLA finished with a final team score on beam of 48.725 and a three-event total of 147.075. Oregon State posted strong marks on floor, earning a 48.8 and closing the gap slightly with a three-event total of 146.4.

UCLA showed off difficult tumbling and unique dance on floor in the final rotation. Jalynne Dantzscher planted her opening arabian double front tumbling pass, took a small hop out of bounds on her double full middle pass but hit her double pike dismount to score a 9.7. Berlin hit all of tumbling elements and wowed the crowd with her hip-hop dancing to tie her career-high with a 9.775. Chan also planted her arabian double front mount and stuck her double pike dismount for a career-high and meet-winning 9.9. Like her twin sister, Janelle Dantzscher stepped out of bounds, on her opening 2 1/2 twist tumbling pass, but she hit all of her other elements cleanly, scoring a 9.625. Comforte finished her best overall meet of the season with a 9.725, and Richardson closed with a season-high tying 9.9 to give the Bruins a season-best team score on floor, 49.0.

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