UCLA Gymnasts Defeat Washington, 196.125-194.875

Jan. 15, 2010

Top-ranked UCLA improved to 2-0 with a 196.125-194.875 dual meet victory over 19th-ranked Washington in Seattle on Friday night. Bruin gymnasts took first place on every event, and senior Anna Li tied for first in the all-around, along with earning first-place honors on bars and beam.

UCLA scored 49.15 in rotation one to take an early lead by 0.475. Li, who ranks first in the nation on uneven bars, led the charge once again with a 9.925. Lichelle Wong matched her career-best from last week with a 9.85. Brittani McCullough added a season-best 9.825, and Aisha Gerber and Allison Taylor scored season-bests of 9.775.

The Bruins matched their total from last week with a 49.275 on vault. Tauny Frattone scored a career-high 9.925 with a stuck, high Yurchenko half-on, front pike off. Vanessa Zamarripa added a 9.9, and McCullough and Mizuki Sato each scored season-bests with a pair of 9.825s. Li scored 9.8, and Wong earned 9.75 on her first vault of the year. Washington scored a season-high 48.85 on uneven bars but fell further back in the team standings, with UCLA taking a 98.425-97.525 lead at the halfway mark.

In the third rotation, UCLA increased its lead further by outscoring Washington 49.025-48.65. Leading the Bruins on floor was Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, who earned a 9.9. McCullough added a 9.85, Frattone scored a career-high 9.825, and Sato earned a 9.775 on her first floor routine of the year.

UCLA saw its first struggle of the year on balance beam, suffering its first falls of the year. The Bruins had to count a fall on beam when two of their first three competitors fell, but big scores from Hopfner-Hibbs (season-high tying 9.875) and Li (season-high 9.925) kept UCLA in the 196-range for the second straight week.

The Bruins will compete twice next weekend, starting with a tri-meet at California on Jan. 22 and concluding with a dual meet at Stanford on Jan. 24.

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