UCLA Gymnastics Team Defeats Devils, 195.725-195.275
Jan. 26, 2007
Tempe, Ariz. - The sixth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team improved to 5-2 on the year after a 195.725-195.275 victory at Arizona State. The Bruins were led once again by junior Tasha Schwikert, who won the all-around for the fourth consecutive meet, scoring a 39.45.
The Bruins received a boost when All-American Jordan Schwikert returned to the vault lineup. She had been limited to just uneven bars in the five prior meets due to a hamstring injury. Jordan made her return a successful one, recording UCLA's highest vault score, a 9.825 that put her in a tie for second place. She also recorded her season-high on uneven bars, earning a 9.875 (9.95 from one judge, 9.8 from the other) to tie for second with Anna Li. Tasha Schwikert won the event with a 9.9 and also added a first-place showing on the balance beam with a 9.9.
UCLA grabbed the lead from the get-go, scoring 49.3 on the uneven bars in rotation one, while Arizona State scored 49.125 on vault. The two teams earned identical event scores of 48.8 in the second rotation - UCLA on vault and Arizona State on bars. The Bruins increased their lead in the third rotation by posting a 49.15 on floor exercise. Tasha Schwikert and Janelle Dantzscher led the team with second-place scores of 9.85. Michelle Selesky and Li added a pair of 9.825s, and Ashley Peckett scored 9.8 in the leadoff position. Arizona State scored 48.975 on balance beam and found itself trailing the Bruins by .35 heading into the final rotation.
In the fourth rotation, both teams had a few struggles, but UCLA held on, scoring 48.475 on the balance beam while the Sun Devils scored 48.375 on the floor exercise. Hit routines from the Bruins' last four competitors - Dantzscher with a 9.725, Li with a 9.675, Tasha Schwikert with a 9.9 and Kristina Comforte with a 9.75 - sealed the deal for UCLA.