Bruins Finish Second In Tri Meet

March 5, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - A rocky third rotation on beam dropped UCLA to second place in front of a season-high crowd of 5,027 in a tri-meet at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. Stanford won the meet with a 195.95, with UCLA placing second with a 195.15 and San Jose State placing third with a 193.225.

The Bruins had a successful showing on vault in the first rotation, earning a 49.175 after four stuck vaults. Ashley Peckett started UCLA off with a stuck Yurchenko Arabian that merited a 9.85. Ariana Berlin also stuck her vault, a Yurchenko layout full, and scored a 9.775. Jordan Schwikert had a slight hop on her vault and scored 9.725. Kristina Comforte also had a stuck Yurchenko layout full vault but only scored a 9.825. Kate Richardson earned a season-best and meet-high 9.925 on her Yurchenko full, and Alyssa Kitasoe closed the rotation out with a career-high 9.725, twisting her Yurchenko vault for the firsttime in competition. The Bruins finished just fractions behind Stanford, which scored 49.2 on bars, thanks in large part to a perfect 10 from sophomore Liz Tricase, her second 10 in three days (she also received a 10 at Cal State Fullerton on Friday). San Jose State scored a 48.275 on beam, led by a 9.725 from Leah Bigelow.

On bars, UCLA reclaimed the lead by posting a team total of 49.2. Jalynne Dantzscher led off with a 9.775, followed by a 9.825 from Berlin and a 9.8 from Peckett. Richardson and Comforte closed with back-to-back 9.9s to give UCLA a two-event score of 98.375. Stanford faltered a bit on beam, with its first two athletes falling, and finished with an event total of 48.55 and a meet total of 97.75. Natalie Foley led the Cardinal with a 9.875. San Jose Stateearned a total of 48.225 on floor, led by Michelle Minotti's 9.725, and a two-event total of 96.5.

The Bruins ran into big problems on beam in the third rotation, with four falls on the event. With two regulars out of the lineup due to injury and illness, UCLA stumbled to a 47.525. Schwikert and Comforte had the only hit routines, scoring a 9.85 and 9.9, respectively. The low event score dropped UCLA to second place with a three-event total of 145.9. Stanford, meanwhile scored 49.075 on floor to move into first with a 146.875. San Jose State remained in third with a 145.125.

Despite the setback on beam, UCLA closed strong on floor in the final rotation, scoring a meet-high 49.25. Peckett made her season debut on the event, earning a 9.75 for a routine that was awarded a 9.9 start value. Dantzscher followed with a 9.775, and Berlin put on a show, earning a career-high 9.875. Schwikert and Comforte followed with back-to-back career-high marks, with Schwikert earning a meet-winning 9.925 and Comforte a 9.9. Richardson closed out her final meet in Pauley Pavilion with a 9.775 and a standing ovation.

Comforte won the all-around with a career-best 39.525. She also won the beam with a career-high tying 9.9 and was second on bars (9.9) and floor (9.9). Stanford's Nicole Ourada placed second in the all-around with a 39.125, and Richardson was third with a 38.925.

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