UCLA Has Impressive Showing At Oregon State
Feb. 16, 2007
Corvallis, Ore. - Despite injury issues that prevented UCLA from competing at full strength, the Bruins nevertheless earned their second-highest team score of the season in a 196.650-196.375 loss at Oregon State. Competing in the all-around for only the fifth time in her career and third time since her freshman year, senior Ashley Peckett tied for second place in the all-around standings with teammate Ariana Berlin, scoring 39.25.
The Bruins led after the first rotation, scoring 49.2 on the uneven bars. Tasha Schwikert and Anna Li led UCLA with identical scores of 9.9 that tied for first place with Oregon State's Jami Lanz. Berlin tied her season-high with a 9.85, Jordan Schwikert earned a 9.825, and Peckett and Natalie Padilla both scored 9.725, with Padilla's mark being a season-high. Oregon State finished the first rotation just one-tenth behind UCLA, scoring 49.1 on vault.
The two teams switched events in rotation two, and UCLA increased its lead to .375 after recording one of its best vault sets of the season. UCLA received a career-best score of 9.85 from Berlin in the leadoff position, and the high marks continued with a 9.825 from Li, season-bests of 9.9 from Peckett and 9.85 from Jordan Schwikert, a 9.75 from Michelle Selesky and a meet-high 9.95 from Tasha Schwikert. UCLA totaled a 49.375 on the event, while Oregon State scored 49.1 on uneven bars.
For the second-straight meet, the Bruins went five-deep on floor exercise, opting to rest Tasha Schwikert, who has been battling a strained Achilles. Without the luxury of being able to throw out the low score, the Bruin floor squad did not succomb to the pressure, providing five hit routines. In her second floor routine of the season, Berlin led off with a 9.775. Padilla followed with a 9.6. Peckett hit a season-high 9.85, Selesky earned a 9.85, and Li closed with a 9.825 to give UCLA a team mark of 48.9, just good enough to maintain the lead by one-tenth of a point, 147.475-147.375, as Oregon State scored 49.175 on beam to close the gap.
UCLA closed the meet on the treacherous balance beam, the event on which the Bruins were missing two regulars from the lineup due to injury (Kristina Comforte and Janelle Dantzscher). Berlin once again led off with a strong routine, scoring 9.775. Ashley Jenkins, competing with a hyper-extended elbow, scored 9.8 to tie her career-best. Peckett jumped on the beam for just the second time in two years and showed no signs of rustiness, scoring 9.775. With UCLA wanting to drop Jordan Schwikert's 9.35, Tasha Schwikert came through with a 9.9. Li, who had been questionable to compete after injuring herself on her beam dismount last week, kept the Bruins in contention with a 9.65, bringing UCLA's team score to 48.9.
The outcome of the meet was not decided until Oregon State's final floor competitor. Needing a hit routine to win, Tasha Smith came through with a 9.775 to clinch the victory. Oregon State scored 49.275 on floor, with a 9.925 from Mandi Rodriguez and 9.9s from Kera Bolen and Lanz.
Lanz won the all-around with a career-high 39.55. Berlin's 39.25 tied her career-high, which she had set last week. Peckett's 39.25 was her season-high and her second-highest career all-around mark. Li placed fifth with a 39.2.
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for a Sunday, Feb. 25 quadrangular meet against Denver, California and Cal State Fullerton.