UCLA Gymnasts Win Season Opener In Hawaii
Jan. 4, 2006
The third-ranked UCLA gymnastics team opened the 2006 season with a first-place finish in a six-team meet in Kailua, HI Tuesday evening. The Bruins scored 193.775 to place ahead of 13th-ranked Oregon State (191.925), 20th-ranked Arkansas (190.625), 18th-ranked Washington (190.425), California (189.350) and Sacramento State (188.075). Senior Kate Richardson won the all-around with a score of 38.750, and freshman Melissa Chan was third with a 38.600.
The Bruins competed a freshman-heavy lineup, with Chan and Kristina Comforte competing in all four events, Jalynne Dantzscher and Maranda Smith competing in three, and Ariana Berlin and Janelle Dantzscher doing two. But it was the veteran Richardson who came out on top just three and a half months after fracturing her tibia, winning the all-around and floor (9.8) and tying for first on vault with Washington's Ashley Houghting (9.85). Junior Ashley Peckett also had a successful return to competition after ankle surgery in November, placing 11th on both vault (9.675) and bars (9.7).
The Bruins were the only team to break 48 on all four events, recording the meet's top event scores on vault (48.875), bars (48.55), beam (48.075) and floor (48.275).
UCLA kicked off the meet with a solid start on bars. Richardson led the team with a 9.775, and Smith and Chan each posted scores of 9.725.
Comforte led the charge on beam, scoring 9.7 in the anchor position to place second on the event overall. Chan added a 9.675 to place third, and Jalynne Dantzscher scored a 9.65 to tie for fourth.
On floor, the Bruins posted four of the Top 5 scores in the meet, with Richardson first with a 9.8, Janelle Dantzscher second with a 9.725, Smith tied for third with a 9.7 and Comforte tied for fifth with a 9.65.
The Bruins ended with a meet-high 48.875 on vault. Berlin led off with a 9.75, Chan scored a 9.775, Comforte placed third overall with a 9.825, and Richardson anchored with a meet-high 9.85.
The Bruins (5-0) return to Los Angeles on Wednesday and will host second-ranked Utah (0-0) on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6 pm in Pauley Pavilion.
TEAM: 1. UCLA, 193.775; 2. Oregon State, 191.925; 3. Arkansas, 190.625; 4. Washington, 190.425; 5. California, 189.350; 6. Sacramento State, 188.075
VAULT: 1T. Richardson (UCLA), Ashley Houghting (Washington), 9.850; 3. Comforte (UCLA), 9.825. Others include: 7. Chan (UCLA), 9.775; 9. Ariana Berlin (UCLA), 9.750; 11T. Ashley Peckett (UCLA), 9.675; 24T. Maranda Smith (UCLA), 9.425.
BARS: 1. Kelly McDonald (Washington), 9.850; 2. Lanz (Oregon State), 9.825; 3. Emily Peacock (Arkansas), 9.800. Others include: 4T. Richardson (UCLA), 9.775; 7T. Smith (UCLA), Chan (UCLA), 9.725; 11T. Peckett (UCLA), 9.700; 19T. Jalynne Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.625; 27. Comforte (UCLA), 9.400.
BEAM: 1. Claire Pierce (Oregon State), 9.725; 2. Comforte (UCLA), 9.700; 3. Chan (UCLA), 9.675. Others include: 4T. Jalynne Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.650; 7T. Janelle Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.600; 20T. Berlin (UCLA), 9.450; 25T. Richardson (UCLA), 9.325.
FLOOR: 1. Richardson (UCLA), 9.800; 2. Janelle Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.725; 3T. Maranda Smith (UCLA), Audra Loveless (Arkansas), 9.675. Others include: 5T. Comforte (UCLA), 9.65; 18T. Chan (UCLA), Jalynne Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.425.