Comforte, Richardson Place In Top 3 On Vault At NCAA Championships

April 22, 2006

Corvallis, Ore. - UCLA freshman Kristina Comforte and senior Kate Richardson placed second and third, respectively, on vault at the Event Finals of the 2006 NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

Richardson was the fourth gymnast to compete on vault. Needing above 9.825 to place ahead of leader Janet Anson of Iowa State, Richardson first scored a 9.7875 on a Yurchenko full, getting good height on the vault. She nearly stuck the landing but had to take a step back at the last moment. On her second vault, she had the tiniest hop on her Omelianchik (Yurchenko half-on, pike front off) and scored a 9.875 for a two-vault average of 9.83125, good for first place. Richardson's lead was short-lived, however, after 2003 and 2004 vault champion Ashley Miles recorded a 9.975 on her first vault and finished with an average of 9.9375.

Comforte, who warmed up seven different vaults in the warm-up session, settled on a Yurchenko full and a layout Podkopayeva (Yurchenko half on, layout front half off). She stuck her Yurchenko full for the second-straight night and earned two more 10s from the six judges and a first-vault score of 9.9625. She had a powerful Podkopayeva on the second vault, taking just a small step back to score a 9.8375. Her average of 9.9 was good for second place, ahead of her teammate.

Richardson will be competing on the floor exercise later in the evening.

Vault Results
1. Ashley Miles (Alabama), 9.9375; 2. Kristina Comforte (UCLA), 9.9; 3. Kate Richardson (UCLA), 9.83125; 4t. Emily Parsons (Nebraska), Janet Anson (Iowa State), 9.825; 6. April Burkholder (LSU), 9.8188; 7. Nicolle Ford (Utah), 9.7875: 8. Ashley Postell (Utah), 9.78125; 9. Tiffany Tolnay (Georgia), 9.775; 10. Gritt Hofmann (Utah), 9.725.

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