Gymnastics Wins In Washington
Feb. 1, 2008
UCLA swept the all-around standings and won each event during a 195.975-194.425 dual meet victory at Washington on Friday evening. Senior Tasha Schwikert took her first all-around win of the year, scoring 39.5 to just edge out teammate Anna Li, who placed second with a season-high tying 39.45. Brittani McCullough was third with a 39.225.
Schwikert and Li each won two indvidual events, with Schwikert winning vault with a season-high 9.925 and tying for first with teammate Ariana Berlin on balance beam with a 9.85. Li won the uneven bars with a season-high 9.925 and floor exercise with a career-high tying 9.9.
The Bruins earned season-high totals on bars (49.175) to start the meet. On bars, UCLA received season-bests from Natalie Padilla (9.725), Brittani McCullough (9.875), Schwikert (9.875) and Li (9.925) to take an early lead after one rotation.
UCLA extended its lead with a 48.9 on vault in the second rotation. Schwikert led the way with a season-high 9.925, and Li and McCullough added 9.8s.
On floor exercise in rotation three, Li debuted a double layout for her opening tumbling pass and nailed it for a career-high tying 9.9. Schwikert received a second-place total of 9.85, and with a 48.75 on floor, UCLA entered the final rotation with nearly a one-point lead.
All six Bruins hit their beam sets with either season or career-high scores to contribute to a season-high total of 49.15. Leadoff competitor Berlin set the tone with a meet-high 9.85. Freshman Niki Tom followed with a career-best mark of 9.8. McCullough also scored a career-high with a 9.825. Jordan Schwikert (9.775), Tasha Schwikert (9.85) and Li (9.825) each earned season-highs.
The Bruins came into the meet a bit short-handed, with Kristina Comforte and Shavahn Church out with knee injuries, Ashley Jenkins out with a broken toe and Marci Bernholtz and Talia Kushynski unable to compete due to illness.
UCLA and Washington will compete again next week, along with Stanford and Illinois, at the IGI Chicago Style Meet in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 8.
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