UCLA Breaks 197 Barrier In 197.125-190.575 Win Over California
Jan. 25, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - No. 2 UCLA scored a season-high 197.125 to break the 197 barrier for the first time since 2007 and easily defeated California, who scored a season-best 190.575, in a Pac-10 Conference dual gymnastics meet in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
A trio of freshmen led the way for the Bruins, sweeping the all-around standings with a 1-2-3 finish. Aisha Gerber totaled a career-high 39.55, UCLA's highest all-around mark so far this season, to capture her first all-around win. Vanessa Zamarripa was not far behind, scoring a career-best 39.5 to place second. In third place was Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, who scored 39.45.
The Bruins began the meet on vault and totaled 49.175. Ariana Berlin, on her first vault of the season, scored a 9.775, a score that was matched by Mizuki Sato. Brittani McCullough and Hopfner-Hibbs followed with a pair of 9.825s, and Gerber added a 9.85. Zamarripa, fresh off her perfect 10 vault two days ago, took a small hop on her landing on what was otherwise a perfect vault and scored a 9.9. Cal, performing on uneven bars, scored 47.5 and was led by Sophia Hocini's 9.775.
The Bruins gained momentum on uneven bars in rotation two with a season-best 49.5. Berlin set her teammates up for huge marks after leading off with a season-high 9.875. McCullough and Gerber followed with career-high marks of 9.925, and Zamarripa also earned a career-high with a winning mark of 9.95. After Hopfner-Hibbs' 9.825, junior Anna Li had an opportunity to post a huge score after hitting a Geinger and Pak salto but fell on her Tkatchev for the first time in her career. Li ended her routine, however, with a stuck double layout full-out dismount and scored 9.45.
On balance beam in rotation three, Marci Bernholtz led off with a 9.725, followed by a 9.8 from Berlin. Zamarripa had a strong routine going before taking a few steps back on her 2.5 twist dismount and scored 9.775. After a fall from Li dropped her score to 9.425, the Bruins needed two hit routines to avoid having to count that mark, and Hopfner-Hibbs and Gerber delivered with identical marks of 9.9, bringing UCLA's beam total to 49.1 and their three-event score to 147.775.
Needing a 49.225 to hit the 197 mark, UCLA started with a 9.7 from Niki Tom, who stepped out of bounds on her first tumbling pass. Freshman Kaelie Baer hit her floor set with a career-high tying 9.8. Sato also tied her career-high with a 9.9 after sticking her double pike dismount. Gerber also stuck her double pike dismount and scored a career-high 9.875. Zamarripa also scored a new career-high with a 9.875, and Hopfner-Hibbs clinched the 197 for the Bruins with a 9.9, bringing UCLA's floor total to a season-best 49.35.
Gerber, Zamarripa, Hopfner-Hibbs and Sato each captured event wins. Zamarripa won the vault (9.9) and uneven bars (9.95). Hopfner-Hibbs and Gerber tied for first on beam with scores of 9.9, and Hopfner-Hibbs and Sato tied for first on floor with 9.9s.
UCLA will next compete at Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 pm MT.