Feb. 10, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The fourth-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team scored 196.950 to place first in its Power of Pink meet Sunday afternoon, defeating 25th-ranked Washington (195.950), UC Davis (194.675) and Sacramento State (193.925). Bruin senior Vanessa Zamarripa continued her dominating run, winning the all-around for the fourth time this season with a 39.625. She also won three events, taking first on vault, bars and floor.
The Bruins, who improved to 7-0 on the year, also received top-notch performances from Olivia Courtney, who scored a season-best 39.475 in the all-around to place second; Mattie Larson, who tied season-highs on bars (9.875) and beam (9.85); Danusia Francis, who had season-bests on bars and floor and tied with Courtney for first on beam; and Sadiqua Bynum, who scored a career-high 9.85 on floor.
UCLA led from start to finish. In the first rotation, Zamarripa led the Bruins to a 49.3 on vault with her 9.95. Courtney hit a 9.9, Kaelie Baer scored 9.85, and Dana McDonald and Monique De La Torre added 9.8s.
The Bruins' set on uneven bars was highlighted by Zamarripa's 9.925, Larson's 9.875 and the return of De La Torre to the lineup. The All-American has been nursing a shoulder injury but made her season debut on the event and scored 9.85. UCLA's 49.225 total gave the team a 98.525 two-event score, which put the Bruins ahead of second-place Washington by 0.375.
In rotation three, the Bruins put a little bit of distance between themselves and Huskies, scoring 49.075 on beam to Washington's 48.85 on floor. The final four competitors each scored 9.825 or higher, with Courtney and Francis tying for first place with 9.875s, Larson scoring 9.85 and Zamarripa 9.825.
With a pair of 9.9+ scores, Zamarripa and Courtney led UCLA to a 49.35 on floor exercise in the final rotation. McDonald led off with a 9.8, followed by Bynum's career-best 9.85. Francis made her season debut in the competitive lineup and scored 9.725 with an out-of-bounds deduction. Alyssa Pritchett recorded a 9.875, followed by a 9.925 from Zamarripa and 9.9 from Courtney.
UCLA hits the road for three consecutive away meets beginning Saturday, Feb. 16 at Oregon State. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks at 7pm PT.