Bruin Gymnasts Score 197.25 In Tri-Meet Win At Fullerton
Feb. 26, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - UCLA showed its tremendous depth on all four events, mixing up the lineup and still hitting 197.25 in a tri-meet victory over Cal State Fullerton (191.75) and Utah State (188.7). Vanessa Zamarripa's first perfect 10 of the season and fourth of her career on vault was one of just many team highlights in the meet.
The Bruins had a total of 10 career-highs and six season-highs and scored team season-bests on vault (49.45) and beam (49.375) to record their best road mark in five years.
Starting the meet on balance beam would seemingly be a challenge for any team, but the Bruins hit their best set of the season with six outstanding routines, scoring a season-high 49.375. Anna Li led off with a steady and sure leadoff routine with no wobbles and a stuck dismount, scoring 9.85. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs followed with a second-straight wobble-free routine with a stuck dismount that scored a season-high tying 9.9. Niki Tom hit her best routine of the season, earning a 9.875. Aisha Gerber kept the momentum going on beam with a 9.85, and Zamarripa earned a 9.9. Tauny Frattone finished the set with a career-high 9.775.
UCLA moved to floor exercise for rotation two and continued to light it up, scoring 49.325. All six Bruin gymnasts earned season-highs, with five of the six also being career-bests. Monique De La Torre delivered a strong leadoff routine, with a career-best 9.75. Alyssa Pritchett scored a career-high 9.8 on her routine that included a full-twisting double back opening pass and double pike dismount. Tom recorded her season-best for the second-straight rotation with a 9.825. Talia Kushynski kept the success going with her best floor routine of her career, nailing her double pike dismount and earning a 9.85, outpacing her previous career-best score by nearly two-tenths of a point. Frattone and Zamarripa closed the set with career-highs of 9.9 and 9.95, respectively. Allison Taylor kept things going with a season-best mark of 9.7 in an exhibition routine.
With a two-event score of 98.7, the Bruins moved to vault for the third rotation. De La Torre got things started on the right foot with a a strong leadoff vault that scored a career-high tying 9.85. Pritchett followed with a season-high 9.75. Gerber had a near-stick on her vault and earned a season-high 9.85. Hopfner-Hibbs stuck her vault for a season-high tying 9.925. Frattone hit a big vault with a small hop forward and earned 9.825, and Zamarripa closed with her first perfect 10 of the year on a Yurchenko layout full, in the same place she hit her first 10.0 last season.
Armed with a three-event score of 148.15, UCLA was looking to shore up another big score for the second-straight weekend. Leading off on uneven bars, Gerber earned a 9.775, followed by a season-high tying 9.75 by Marci Bernholtz. Taylor hit the best bar routine of her career, scoring 9.85. De La Torre followed with a meet-winning 9.875, and Frattone wrapped up her most successful all-around performance of her career with a career-high tying 9.825 on bars. Brittani McCullough closed the competition with a 9.775 to give UCLA a final total of 197.25. Tom also hit her routine in exhibition to complete the Bruins' stellar meet.
The total team effort left the Bruin coaches beaming after the meet. 'We're so excited for the student-athletes who don't compete a lot but work just as hard, if not harder, as everyone else on the team,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'For Allison, Talia, Pritchett, Marci, Niki, Tauny doing all-around and winning ... for them to not only come in and compete but to come in and hit as well as they did was the most exciting thing. This is a true team.'
UCLA swept the Top 3 placements on each event. Zamarripa won the vault (10.0) and floor (9.95) and tied with Hopfner-Hibbs on beam (9.9). De La Torre won bars (9.875), and Frattone won the all-around with a career-high 39.325.
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