Bruin Gymnasts Score Season-High 196.75 To Defeat Arizona

Jan. 21, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - For the second time in three days, seventh-ranked UCLA broke the 196 barrier, this time recording a season-high 196.750 to defeat eighth-ranked Arizona, who scored 193.025 in a dual meet at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. Bruin junior Tasha Schwikert was the star once again, winning the all-around with a national season-best 39.7, besting her 39.675 score from Friday. Schwikert tied for first on vault and won the beam and floor. Freshman Anna Li also had a standout performance, earning a career-high 39.55 in the all-around and winning the uneven bars with a career-best 9.95.

UCLA began the meet by posting a 48.85 on vault in the first rotation. Michelle Selesky and Schwikert led the team with a pair of meet-high 9.9s, Selesky's being a career-high mark. Li added a 9.825, and Ariana Berlin scored a 9.8. Arizona struggled on uneven bars, scoring just 47.20. The Wildcats were led by Aubrey Kelly's 9.825.

The Bruins turned it up a notch on uneven bars, scoring a season-high 49.35. Ashley Peckett led UCLA off on uneven bars with a strong mark of 9.825. Ashley Jenkins followed with a 9.775, and Jordan Schwikert hit a season-best 9.825. Berlin also tied her season-best with a 9.85, as did Tasha Schwikert with a 9.9. Li wowed the crowd and judges with her high-flying Tkatchev and stuck double layout dismount, scoring a career-high and meet-winning 9.95. Arizona rebounded with a solid mark on vault, scoring 48.875, led by a pair of 9.825s from Rachelle Silberg and Brittney Morgan.

UCLA took a 98.2-96.075 lead at the halfway mark and headed to the balance beam. Berlin led off with a 9.8, and Jenkins equaled the mark with a new career-best. Janelle Dantzscher followed with a 9.675. Li rocked her beam set, scoring a career-high 9.9, and earning a 9.95 from one judge. Tasha Schwikert also earned a season-high, scoring a 9.95. Kristina Comforte added a 9.75 in the anchor position to give the Bruins another team season-high score of 49.2. Arizona, meanwhile, earned a 48.55 on floor, led by Jamie Holton's 9.8.

Up 147.4-144.625 heading into the final rotation, UCLA powered its way to a 49.35 on floor. The Bruins kept building on its scores with each competitor. Peckett provided another good leadoff score, earning a 9.775, and Jenkins followed with a 9.8. Selesky added a 9.85, and Dantzscher and Li each scored a 9.875. Tasha Schwikert closed with her second 9.95 of the day, giving the Bruins their third season-high team score of the meet. The Wildcats scored 48.45 on balance beam and received a high of 9.85 from Kelly.

This meet was the second for the Bruins this weekend. On Friday at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA scored a then-season high 196.05 to win a tri-meet over the host Titans and San Jose State. Schwikert swept all four events and the all-around, scoring 9.975 on vault and 9.9s on bars, beam and floor. In eight routines this weekend, she scored five 9.9s, two 9.95s and one 9.975.

The Bruins will next compete on Friday, Jan. 26 at Arizona State. The meet will take place at 7:30 pm MT at Wells Fargo Arena.

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