UCLA Gymnasts Score Season-High 196.5 To Win Quad Meet At California

Feb. 10, 2006

Berkeley, Calif. - The 11th-ranked UCLA gymnastics team earned a season-high total of 196.5 to win a quad meet at California's Haas Pavilion. Sacramento State was second with a 192.5, followed by California (190.85) and UC Davis (190.3).

The Bruins went 1-2-3 in the all-around, with senior Kate Richardson scoring a season-high 39.575. Freshman Ariana Berlin improved her all-around total for the fourth consecutive meet and broke the 39 barrier for the first time, scoring a career-best 39.075 to place second. Freshman Melissa Chan was third with a 38.675. Richardson also took first-place honors on all four events, winning the beam and floor and tying for first on vault with teammate Jordan Schwikert and on bars with four others, including teammates Ashley Peckett and Kristina Comforte.

UCLA got off to a quick start on the uneven bars, with three consecutive season-best scores. Jalynne Dantzscher led off with a career-high 9.825, followed by a career-high 9.8 from Berlin and a season-best 9.875 from Peckett. Comforte and Richardson also posted meet-high 9.875s, giving UCLA a first-rotation total of 49.25, a new season-high.

On balance beam, Berlin scored 9.7 for her leadoff routine. Schwikert contributed a 9.775 for the second consecutive meet, and Richardson scored a meet-high 9.9. Chan anchored with her third-consecutive 9.85 beam score to help the Bruins earn a 48.75 beam total and a two-event score of 98.0, well-ahead of California's second-place total of 96.550.

The Bruins posted their best floor set of the season, with the first five gymnasts recording season or career-best scores. Jalynne Dantzscher was successful once again in the leadoff position on floor, scoring a career-high 9.85. Berlin followed with a career-high tying 9.775. Schwikert also tied her career-high with a 9.875 to place second, and Janelle Dantzscher scored a career-best 9.8. Richardson tied her season-best with a first-place mark of 9.9. Chan closed the set with a 9.85, for a season-high team total of 49.275 and a three-rotation score of 147.275.

UCLA continued to score well in the final rotation, earning a team total of 49.225 and sweeping the top 6 placings. Schwikert, who twisted her Yurchenko vault for the first time this year, and Richardson tied for first with season-high scores of 9.9. Chan placed third with a 9.825, and Peckett and Berlin tied for fourth with marks of 9.8. Comforte was sixth with a 9.775.

The Bruins (11-1) will return home to host Washington in the John Wooden Challenge on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 pm in Pauley Pavilion.

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