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Samantha Peszek (photo by Don Liebig)

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Peszek All-Around Win Leads UCLA to Second Place at Michigan
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/07/2014
Eighth-ranked UCLA racked up another strong road score, placing second in a tri-meet at Michigan with a total of 197.475. The seventh-ranked Wolverines won the meet with a 197.825, and sixth-ranked Utah was third with 197.350.

In a meet that had all the makings of a postseason event, the Bruins hit 24-for-24 routines without a fall and scored 49.325 or higher on all four events, including meet-highs of 49.475 on vault and 49.3 on beam.

Senior Samantha Peszek made a triumphant return to the all-around, scoring 39.65 in her first all-around competition since the 2012 NCAA Championships. Peszek, who has been held out of events due to a stress reaction in her heel, competed on floor exercise for the first time this season and scored 9.925. She also posted 9.925 marks on vault and beam and 9.875 on bars.

The Bruins started the meet with a rock-solid 49.3 on balance beam. Hallie Mossett posted her third consecutive 9.875 leadoff routine to set the tone and was followed by a 9.85 from Sophina DeJesus, 9.75 from Ellette Craddock, 9.925 from Peszek, 9.9 from Danusia Francis and 9.725 from Sydney Sawa. Despite the strong performances, the Bruins found themselves in third place after the first event behind Michigan (49.475) and Utah (49.425).

UCLA moved into second place ahead of Utah after posting 49.375 on floor exercise. Jennifer Pinches earned a career-high 9.875 to lead off. Mossett scored 9.775, and Francis returned to the floor lineup and scored 9.65 after stepping out of bounds. Sadiqua Bynum picked up the scoring with a 9.875, and Peszek and Sawa closed with back-to-back 9.925s. Michigan extended its lead to .225 over the Bruins after scoring 49.425 on bars, with all six gymnasts recording 9.875s or higher.

The Bruins blasted a season-high 49.475 on vault in rotation three to close the gap to just .025. Sawa scored 9.875, Bynum earned a new career-high 9.925, Peszek matched her season-high with a 9.925, and Olivia Courtney nailed a 9.95. Despite a perfect 10 on floor from Georgia Dabritz, Utah remained in third place behind the Bruins by .175.

With just .025 separating UCLA and the meet-leading Wolverines and less than two-tenths separating UCLA and Utah, the Bruins needed to be nearly perfect on uneven bars. All six Bruins went 9.8 or better, with DeJesus leading the pack with a 9.925, but it wasn't enough to overtake the host Wolverines, who posted three 9.95 scores and a team total of 49.65 on floor exercise. Michigan's final team total of 197.825 was the second-highest in program history. UCLA's 197.475 was just .025 off its season best, which was set a week ago.

UCLA hosts its final home meet of the season on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 2pm against Bowling Green and Utah State. General admission tickets are available at uclabruins.com/tickets.


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