UCLA Battles To 195.2 Road Score In Dual Meet Loss To Georgia
Feb. 17, 2006
Athens, Ga. - An injury-ravaged UCLA gymnastics team faced an uphill battle from the start Friday night in front of 9,603 fans at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., losing a dual meet to defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Georgia, 197.525-195.2. Jordan Schwikert, Kristina Comforte and Janelle Dantzscher provided quite a few highlights for the Bruins, however, with Schwikert winning the vault and beam, Comforte placing third in the all-around and Dantzscher scoring career-highs on all four events to place fourth in the all-around.
With all-around standouts Kate Richardson, Melissa Chan and Tasha Schwikert, as well as three-eventer Maranda Smith, back home in Los Angeles due to injury, the eight-member Bruin squad still managed to put its best foot forward in spite of the circumstances. Competing just five athletes on uneven bars to start the meet, UCLA had four hit routines that ranged from a 9.725 for leadoff competitor Jalynne Dantzscher to a career-best 9.925 from Kristina Comforte. But without the ability to drop a score, the Bruins had to count a 9.075, giving them an event total of 48.325. A fully-loaded Georgia team jumped ahead by over a point, scoring 49.375 on vault.
UCLA fared better on vault in rotation two, totaling 49.1. Schwikert scored a career-high 9.95 to win the event, and Ashley Peckett and Ariana Berlin added a pair of 9.825s to help bolster the score. Competing for the first time this season, junior co-captain Michelle Selesky recorded a career-high 9.625, and freshman Janelle Dantzscher also scored a career-high with a 9.725. Georgia powered to a 49.45 on bars, led by Olympic medalist Courtney Kupets' meet-winning 9.95.
On floor exercise, Jalynne Dantzscher continued to impress in the leadoff position, scoring 9.8, her fourth consecutive 9.8+ mark on that event. Selesky made her season debut on floor and earned a 9.6, and Berlin followed with a 9.7. Janelle Dantzscher earned her third career-high score of the meet, recording a 9.825. Schwikert and Comforte closed out the rotation with scores of 9.8 and 9.725, respectively, bringing UCLA's floor total to 48.85. Georgia scored 49.225 on beam to take a 148.05-146.275 lead into the final rotation.
Finishing up the meet on balance beam, Berlin led off with a 9.725. Freshman Alyssa Kitasoe broke into the lineup for the first time this year and showed nerves of steel, earning a 9.6. Janelle Dantzscher completed her career-best meet with yet another personal-best, scoring 9.8. Schwikert followed with her meet-high and career-high tying 9.925, and Comforte closed the meet with a 9.875 for an event total of 48.925.
Kupets won the all-around with a score of 39.65. Comforte finished in third with a 39.3, and Janelle Dantzscher was fourth with a career-high 39.125.
The Bruins (12-2) will return home for a Sunday, Feb. 19 home meet against 12th-ranked Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis. The meet will take place at 2 pm in Pauley Pavilion.
Team: 1. Georgia 197.525, 2. UCLA 195.2
Vault: 1. Jordan Schwikert (UCLA), 9.95; 2. Kupets (UGA), 9.925; 3t. Brittany Smith (UGA), Tiffany Tolnay (UGA), 9.9
Bars: 1. Kupets (UGA), 9.95; 2. Comforte (UCLA), 9.925; 3. Tolnay (UGA), 9.9
Beam: 1. Schwikert (UCLA), 9.925; 2. Kupets (UGA), 9.9; 3. Comforte (UCLA), 9.875
Floor: 1t. Ericksen (UGA), Katie Heenan (UGA), 9.925; 3. Abby Stack (UGA), 9.9