UCLA Downs California In Dual Meet Action, 195.225-189.425
Feb. 17, 2008
Berkeley, Calif. - UCLA sophomore Anna Li flirted with perfection on the uneven bars and captured her fifth all-around title in six meets as the visiting Bruins easily defeated California on Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion, 195.225-189.425. Li scored a 9.975 on uneven bars, receiving a perfect 10 from one judge and a 9.95 from the other. The four-time All-American scored 39.425 in the all-around to capture her second consecutive and fifth overall title.
The Bruins posted big scores in the first two rotations, recording a season-high 49.4 on the uneven bars in rotation one and a 49.2 on vault in rotation two. On uneven bars, Ariana Berlin got UCLA off to a great start with a leadoff score of 9.875. Freshman Allison Taylor followed with a career-best 9.8, and Jordan Schwikert added a 9.825. For the second-straight week, Tasha Schwikert scored 9.925, which set up Li for a big score in the anchor position. Li delivered with a career-high 9.975, just missing out on the first perfect 10 of her career.
Berlin again started the Bruins off well on vault in the second rotation, scoring 9.8. Senior Natalie Padilla delivered her best vault since becoming a Bruin, scoring 9.85, with one judge awarding her a 9.95. Li and Tasha Schwikert each added 9.825s, and redshirt freshman Brittani McCullough earned a meet-high and career-high tying 9.9.
The Bruins entered the halfway mark with an impressive total of 98.6 but ran out of steam in the final two rotations, counting a fall on both floor exercise and balance beam. With only three regulars in the floor lineup, UCLA totaled just 48.0, with McCullough and Li tying for first place with marks of 9.85. Jordan Schwikert was third with a 9.8. On balance beam, the Bruins rested both Berlin and Tasha Schwikert and scored 48.625. Freshman Niki Tom filled in beautifully for Berlin in the leadoff position, scoring 9.85. Jordan Schwikert took first place on the event with a season-best 9.9, and Li added a 9.775 and Marci Bernholtz a 9.75.
Li led a 1-2-3 UCLA sweep in the all-around. Jordan Schwikert placed second with a season-high 39.25, and McCullough was third with a 38.4.
Sunday's meet marked the season debuts of Ashley Jenkins and Shavahn Church, who had both missed the beginning of the season with injuries. Jenkins competed on the balance beam, while Church did an exhibition uneven bars routine. In addition, Bernholtz, who has primarily been a beam specialist, competed on floor exercise for the first time.
The Bruins, who remain undefeated on the year with an 11-0 record, have a busy schedule ahead. UCLA will travel to Arizona for a dual meet in the desert on Friday night, before returning home to host No. 2 Utah on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion.