UCLA Gymnastics Team Wins Tri Meet At Cal
Jan. 23, 2010
With 13 of 24 routines making their competitive season debuts Friday night, top-ranked UCLA took a little hit with its season average but came out victorious in a tri-meet at Berkeley. The Bruins scored 194.425 to top San Jose State (191.950) and California (190.375).
Six gymnasts competed on their respective events for the first time this season. Freshman Monique De La Torre went all-around in her first collegiate meet, placing fifth, and won the uneven bars with 9.9. Junior Marci Bernholtz made her season debut on both bars and beam and earned Top 5 finishes on both. Freshman Lichelle Wong competed on beam for the first time and placed fourth. Sophomore Alyssa Pritchett competed on floor for the first time in her career, tying for third with a 9.775. Pritchett and junior Allison Taylor made their season debuts on vault and and floor, respectively. Junior Niki Tom competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career and made her season debuts on vault, bars and floor.
The Bruins started strong with a 49.075 on uneven bars. De La Torre made a big splash in her first-ever collegiate performance, recording a 9.9, the highest score in the meet on any event. UCLA recorded the Top 5 marks on uneven bars, with De La Torre first, Tauny Frattone and Brittani McCullough tying for second with 9.825s, Taylor placing fourth with a 9.775, and Bernholtz tying for fifth with a 9.75.
Balance beam was problematic for the Bruins in the second rotation, however. Much like last week's meet, the pressure was on after two of the first three competitors fell. But again, like last week, the remaining competitors stepped up to keep the damage at a minimum. Bernholtz recorded a 9.825, Wong scored 9.75 on her first beam routine of her collegiate career, and Vanessa Zamarripa earned a 9.875 to earn first place on the event, giving the Bruins a team total on beam of 48.35.
Floor exercise was the event where most of the lineup changes were made. Four of the six competitors were making their season debuts, with two competing for the first time ever on the event. UCLA had to count a fall on floor and scored 48.325 overall but had standout performances by Frattone, who earned a career-high and meet-best 9.85; Pritchett, who tied for third with a 9.775 on her first competitive floor routine; and Sato, who tied her season-best with a 9.775.
UCLA finished up the meet on vault, where it was led by the nation's No. 1 vaulters, Frattone and Zamarripa. The Bruins totaled 48.675, with Frattone leading the way with a first-place mark of 9.825. Zamarripa was second with a 9.8.
A UCLA gymnast placed first on each event. Frattone won vault and floor. De La Torre won bars, and Zamarripa won beam. San Jose State's Thomasina Wallace won the all-around with a 38.975. Frattone was UCLA's highest all-around finisher with a third-place mark of 38.625.
The Bruins (4-0) will compete again on Sunday afternoon at eighth-ranked Stanford (1-1).