UCLA Gymnasts Score 195.975 To Place Second At Utah

Jan. 12, 2007

Salt Lake City, UT - The fifth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team improved by nearly two points from its season opener, setting 17 season-highs and hitting 24 of 24 routines without a fall to score 195.975 at second-ranked Utah on Friday evening. The score wasn't enough to record the victory, however, as Utah earned a 196.325 to win the meet in front of 11,418 fans.

The competition started off as close as can be, with the teams just .025 apart after the first rotation. The Bruins earned a 49.075 on uneven bars to Utah's 49.1 on vault. UCLA received season-high marks from their first two competitors, with Ashley Peckett leading off with a 9.75, followed by a 9.8 from Jordan Schwikert. Ariana Berlin and Tasha Schwikert also had season-high marks with a pair of 9.85s, and Anna Li finished the set with a 9.825. Utah had sticks or near-sticks on its first five vaults and was led by Kristina Baskett's 9.9 and Annie DiLuzio's 9.85.

The teams switched events in the second rotation, with UCLA moving to vault and Utah to bars. Berlin took a small step back on her Yurchenko layout full to lead off and earned a score of 9.775. Padilla earned an identical score of 9.775, a season-high. Li had good distance on her Yurchenko layout full but hopped back and scored 9.725. Michelle Selesky's success continued from last week, as she tied her career-high mark from last week with a 9.825. Peckett also scored a 9.825, and Tasha Schwikert closed with a 9.8 to give the Bruins a team total of 49.0 and a two-event total of 98.075. Utah extended its lead after scoring 49.375 on uneven bars, taking a four-tenths lead heading into the third rotation, 98.475-98.075.

The Bruins earned five season-best marks on floor to reclaim the lead, 147.25-147.175, after a team total of 49.175. Peckett and Ashley Jenkins started the set with season-bests of 9.775 and 9.8, respectively. Despite her music cutting out just prior to the end of her routine, Selesky earned a 9.825. Janelle Dantzscher and Li both followed with identical season-high marks of 9.825, and Tasha Schwikert nailed her difficult routine for a season-best 9.9. Utah had a few struggles on balance beam, scoring 48.7 despite a 9.9 from Baskett.

Holding a slim lead heading into the final rotation, the Bruins ran off six consecutive season-high marks to earn a team total of 48.7 . Jenkins showed a lot of fight in staying on the apparatus and scored a 9.2. Berlin stayed steady with a 9.75, as did Dantzscher, who earned a 9.7. Tasha Schwikert scored a 9.675, and Li also upped her career-high with a 9.825. Kristina Comforte ended the meet with a 9.775, but Utah's total of 49.15 on floor gave the win to the Utes.

Baskett won the all-around with a score of 39.6. Tasha Schwikert was third with a season-best 39.225, and Li placed fourth with a season-high 39.2. Schwikert also tied for first on floor with a 9.9.

'We improved by nearly two points from last week, and there's still room for improvement,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'We're still nursing injuries, and we don't have our full lineup. I'm proud of how we did today. I can't remember the last time we hit 24 for 24 without a fall.'

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