UCLA Wins Quad Meet With Season-Best 196.675

Feb. 19, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Despite competing with five gymnasts on three of the four events due to injuries, ninth-ranked UCLA scored a season-high 196.675 to win a quad meet in Pauley Pavilion over 12th-ranked Arizona State (194.575), Cal State Fullerton (189.8) and UC Davis (187.925).

The Bruins returned to Pauley Pavilion for this meet, their second in three days. With healthy athletes at a premium, UCLA took little chances with injuries, strategically placing athletes at the final spot in the lineup on all events in order to remove them from the lineup if the first five hit.

On vault in the first rotation, the Bruins hit five-straight vaults, with Ariana Berlin leading off with a 9.775, Ashley Peckett scoring a 9.85, and Kate Richardson, Kristina Comforte recording back-to-back 9.875s, and Jordan Schwikert added a 9.825. With a team total of 49.2, UCLA held out Janelle Dantzscher, who tweaked her knee in warm-ups.

The Bruins employed the same strategy on bars and got the needed result with five-straight scores of 9.825 or better. Jalynne Dantzscher and Peckett scored 9.825, Berlin set a new career-high with a 9.875, and Richardson scored a 9.925. Comforte closed the rotation with a career-high 9.95, and the Bruins set a new season-best on any event, totaling a 49.4.

On beam, a fall from UCLA's second competitor forced Schwikert, who had injured her ankle on vault, into duty in the anchor position, but she responded like a champ, scoring a meet-high tying 9.85. Comforte (9.825) and Richardson (9.8) also scored high for the Bruins, who totaled 48.8 on the event.

With a nearly two-point lead over second-place Arizona State heading into the final rotation and a high 196 within reach, the Bruins proceeded to score a season-high tying 49.275. Jalynne Dantzscher led off with a career-high 9.875. Berlin followed with a 9.825, and Janelle Dantzscher continued her impressive weekend, tying her career-high with a 9.825. Comforte set a new career-high with a 9.8, and Richardson closed things out by nailing her routine for a season-best and meet-winning 9.95.

Richardson, who did not travel to Georgia on Friday due to a tricep injury, won the all-around with a 39.55. Comforte was second with a 39.45. Arizona State's Ashley Kelly finished in third with a 39.35.

'The last two meets, we have been focused on team and doing it for each other,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'In Georgia Friday, all of our athletes knew that if our injured athletes could be with us, they would, and that carried over into tonight. We had a few more tweaks tonight and put a few of our gymnasts up last with the idea that if everyone else hit before them, they wouldn't have to go. It was so great to see the team do better when the focus was on each other.'

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