UCLA Travels To California For Sunday Dual Meet
Feb. 13, 2008
This Week -- Seventh-ranked UCLA (10-0) will travel to unranked California (2-4) for a Sunday, Feb. 17 dual meet. The meet will take place in Berkeley at Haas Pavilion at 2 pm.
Live Coverage -- Live stats will be available at calbears.com.In The Rankings -- UCLA jumped up two spots to No. 7 in the national rankings with a season average of 195.8. The Bruins rank third on beam (49.025), seventh on vault (49.115), 11th on bars (48.805) and 12th on floor (48.855).
Individually, sophomore Anna Li is ranked in the Top 20 in the all-around and on three events - No. 6 in the all-around (39.410), No. 8 on bars and floor (9.880) and No. 17 on beam (9.825). Redshirt freshman Brittani McCullough ranks No. 21 in the all-around (39.185) and No. 19 on vault (9.860). Senior Tasha Schwikert is just behind McCullough in the all-around rankings at No. 22 (39.183) and also ranks sixth on vault (9.894) and 13th on floor (9.867). Also ranked is freshman Marci Bernholtz on beam (No. 17, 9.825).
About The Golden Bears -- Cal achieved its season-high of 192.525 in a tri-meet victory at UC Davis in the season opener. Since then, the Golden Bears have lost four straight Pac-10 dual meets. Jessica Kelley is the highest-ranked all-arounder on the squad, averaging 38.7 to rank in the Top 20 in the Pac-10. Joanna Bennett ranks sixth in the Pac-10 on bars with an average of 9.808.
The Bruins own a 49-1 overall record against California (NCAA competition not included). The only loss to Cal came on Mar. 2, 1985 in a quad meet at Arizona State.
Bruins Hit Season-High In Chicago -- The Bruins went 24-for-24 on the night to record a season-high 196.875 in a quad meet win at the IGI Chicago Style meet on Feb. 8. UCLA outscored both Stanford and Washington for the second time this season and also nabbed a victory over third-place Illinois. In addition to a season-high overall team score, UCLA earned season-bests on uneven bars (49.325) and floor exercise (49.275). Five Bruins scored 39+ in the all-around, led by first-place finisher Anna Li, who earned a career-high 39.6.
Li Wins Second Hometown Meet -- For the second time this season, sophomore Anna Li won the all-around in a meet in her hometown. On Jan. 4 in the season opener, the Las Vegas-born Li won the all-around and three events at the Lady Luck Invitational. On Feb. 8, the Aurora, IL resident won in her new home state, capturing first place at the IGI Chicago Style Meet with a career-high 39.6. She also scored career-highs on uneven bars (9.95) and floor exercise (9.925).
Li has been one of the most consistent athletes in the nation this season, averaging 39.41 in the all-around to rank sixth. And on top of her consistency, she continues to bring dazzling routines to the competition floor. In her last two meets, she has added a double layout to her floor exercise routine, scoring 9.9 and 9.925.
Streaks -- Anna Li has competed in the all-around in every meet as a Bruin for a total of 21 career all-around performances. She averages 39.226 with a career-best of 39.6 set last Friday ... Li has hit 80 of 84 career routines for a hit percentage of 95% (only falls coming on balance beam) ... Li has never scored lower than 9.775 on uneven bars, averaging 9.879 for her career on that event ... Tasha Schwikert's fall on uneven bars on Jan. 27 snapped a streak of 59 consecutive hit routines. She has hit of 134 of 140 career routines (95.7%) ... Schwikert has hit 31 straight vaults for 9.8 or better and has scored lower than 9.8 just once in her career (9.75) ... Ariana Berlin has hit 114 of 120 (95%) career routines without a fall and has competed in 33 consecutive meets ... Brittani McCullough has hit all all 20 of her career routines and scored 39+ in the all-around in four of five meets (just missed with a 38.925 on Jan. 27)) ... The Bruins have hit 28 consecutive beam routines, all scoring 9.7 or better.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA will compete twice next week, first traveling to Tucson, AZ for a dual meet with No. 20 Arizona on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 pm MT. The Bruins return home for a Sunday, Feb. 24 dual meet against No. 2 Utah in Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm PT. Fans who wear blue to next Sunday's home meet will receive $2 off the price of admission, and the first 1,000 fans in blue will receive a Bruin foam paw.
Freshmen Get In Mix -- The Bruin freshmen have been getting good experience early this season. Niki Tom has competed in three of five meets on the year, recording highs of 9.825 on vault and 9.8 on beam. She has also performed exhibition routines on the other two events. At Washington, Tom earned her career-best with a 9.8 on beam to finish fifth overall, and she one-upped that score in an exhibition performance in Chicago, scoring 9.825. Allison Taylor has three meets on uneven bars under her belt and hit a season-best 9.75 last week in Chicago. Marci Bernholtz averages 9.825 on balance beam with a first-place showing at Fullerton and second-place finish against Stanford. Mizuki Sato has competed on floor three times, twice hitting season-highs of 9.825. Sato placed third on floor at Fullerton with a 9.825 and also had one of the meet's top scores on balance beam, earning a 9.8 in an exhibition performance. Talia Kushynski competed on floor exercise at Fullerton and scored 9.675 in her competition debut. She hit her exhibition beam routine in Las Vegas for a 9.5.