Richardson Places Fifth At Canadian Gymnastics Championships

June 4, 2004

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Mississauga, ON - UCLA sophomore All-American and two-time NCAA champion Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) placed fifth in the all-around and qualified for event finals on bars and floor at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

In her first elite competition since 2002, Richardson recorded an all-around total of 35.6. Kylie Stone placed first with a 36.5. Richardson qualified for Saturday evening's event finals on uneven bars, where she placed seventh with an 8.675, and on floor, where she placed first with a 9.4. Richardson's floor exercise routine was the only one in the competition on any event that had a start value of 10.0.

Richardson added news skills on all events, including a full-twisting Tkatchev, which she just learned two weeks ago, on uneven bars; a full-in somersault for her second tumbling pass on floor exercise; and two new leaps combos on floor. She vaulted a Yurchenko half-on, front pike-off (start value of 9.5) and recorded the third-highest score of the competition, a 9.025. She also competed new leaps combos on beam and a full-twisting backhandspring. Despite a fall, she still tied for ninth on beam with an 8.5.

"I was extremely pleased that Kate was able to compete with the same confidence that she competed with in college," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "These were her first elite routines since 2002. She just made one mistake on balance beam. I was impressed that she was able to maintain her technique on all her new skills despite not having competed elite skills in two years."

Kondos Field earned an award herself at the Championships, receiving honors for Choreography of the Year for Richardson's floor exercise routine.

Richardson's all-around score should be enough to qualify her for the Olympic Trials. The selections for Trials will be announced on Sunday afternoon. Ten gymnasts will be selected for the July 10-11 Trials based on 25 percent from international results and 75 percent from the Canadian Championships.

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vs. Meet the Bruins
Los Angeles, CA
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Sunday, Jan 10
vs. Alabama
Los Angeles, CA
W, 196.550 - 196.300
Friday, Jan 15
at Florida
Gainesville, FL
L, 196.925 - 197.675
Saturday, Jan 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 196.800 - 196.475
Monday, Feb 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 195.175 - 196.375
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
W, 197.100 - 197.075
Saturday, Feb 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 1:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Georgia and Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Apr 02 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Friday, Apr 15 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Fort Worth, TX