Ariana Berlin Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week

Feb. 13, 2006

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA freshman Ariana Berlin has been namedthe Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 6 - Feb. 12,Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Berlin, a freshman walk-on from Del Cerro, Calif., who is competingin gymnastics for the first time since 2001 (she retired from thesport at age 14 after a serious car accident), has competed in theall-around in UCLA's last five meets and improved upon her total ineach meet. She has hit every single routine she has competed in thisseason, going 26-for-26. No other UCLA gymnast has hit as manyroutines without a fall this year.

In a quad meet at California on Feb. 10, Berlin placed second in theall-around with a then-personal-best 39.075 to help the Bruinsachieve a season-high team score of 196.5. Berlin scored a career-high 9.8 on bars and tied her career-best with a 9.775 on floor toplace seventh (she broke that mark two days later againstWashington). She also added scores of 9.8 on vault and 9.7 on beam.

On Feb. 12 against Washington, Berlin won the first all-around titleof her collegiate career, scoring a career-best 39.2 to take first-place honors. She earned scores of 9.825 on vault, 9.75 on bars, acareer-high 9.775 on beam in the leadoff position, and 9.85 on floor(career-high, tied for second place). Her scores helped UCLA win themeet, 195.55-193.2.

UCLA has won five consecutive meets and is undefeated since Berlinstarted competing in the all-around.

The Bruins (12-1) will next face top-ranked and defending NCAAchampion Georgia in Athens on Feb. 17, before returning home to hostArizona State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis on Feb. 19.

Also Nominated: Aubrey Taylor, ARIZONA; Ashley Kelly, ARIZONA STATE;Britani Pittulo, CALIFORNIA; Jami Lanz, OREGON STATE; Liz Tricase,STANFORD; Kelly McDonald, WASHINGTON.

2006 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 17 - Tabitha Yim, STANFORD;Jan. 24 -Ashley Kelly, ARIZONA STATE; Jan. 31 - Aubrey Taylor,ARIZONA; Feb. 6 - Kristina Comforte, UCLA; Feb. 13 - Ariana Berlin,UCLA.

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