Jan. 27, 2012
The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night, falling to 22nd-ranked Washington in Seattle, 195.350-194.600. Troubles on uneven bars in the first rotation and balance beam in the final rotation proved costly for the Bruins (3-1, 2-1 in the Pac-12).
UCLA had event winners on every event, with Vanessa Zamarripa winning vault (9.925), Samantha Peszek tying for first on uneven bars and winning balance beam with scores of 9.85, and Alyssa Pritchett and Olivia Courtney tying for first on floor exercise.
UCLA had to play catch-up from the start after posting just 48.175 on uneven bars. The Bruins had just one fall but had to count two routines that had major deductions for extra swing. Peszek led UCLA, tying for meet-high honors with a 9.85. Courtney added a 9.775, and Zamarripa scored 9.75. Washington (2-2, 1-1) took the lead with a 48.725 on vault.
The Bruins made up some ground on vault in rotation two with a 49.05 while Washington totaled 48.925 on bars. Zamarripa led all gymnasts with a 9.925. Kaelie Baer and Courtney added 9.825s, and Lichelle Wong, competing on vault for the first time this season, earned a 9.775.
UCLA nearly caught up in the third rotation while competing on floor exercise, posting a 49.125 thanks to four scores of 9.8 or better. After a 9.725 leadoff score from Tauny Frattone, Monique De La Torre earned a 9.8 on her first floor routine of the year. Wong tied her season-best with a 9.85, and Pritchett set a new career-high with a 9.875, a score that was matched by Courtney. The Huskies scored 48.775 on beam to retain the slimmest of leads, 146.425-146.400.
With Washington posting 48.925 on floor exercise in the final rotation, the Bruins were unable to match the scores after suffering two falls, scoring just 48.2. Peszek again led the way with a 9.85, and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Zamarripa added 9.825s. Washington's Ruby Engreitz won the all-around with a score of 39.325. Wong, who was competing in the all-around for the first time in her career, was UCLA's top finisher at third with a 38.575.
The Bruins return home for a Sunday, Feb. 5 meet at 12:30pm against Stanford at the John Wooden Center.