Gymnastics Coaching Staff
Kristina Comforte
Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL
High School: Lyons Township HS

2008 -NCAA runner-up on uneven bars ... Earned All-America honors on all three events in which she competed at NCAA Championships - first-team on vault and bars and second-team on beam ... Competed in the all-around the first three meets but suffered a bone bruise on her right knee during her floor exercise routine on Jan. 27 and had to sit out the next four meets ... Upon returning to the lineup after her injury, she averaged over 9.85 on her 17 routines, with seven 9.9 scores ... Made her return on Feb. 24 against Utah and scored 9.825 to tie for sixth and came back on both vault and bars the next week against Oregon State and scored 9.9 on each event to tie for third ... Added back to the beam lineup on Mar. 15 at Georgia and scored a career-high tying 9.9 to tie for third ... Scored another 9.9 on beam to tie for fourth at Pac-10s and also tied for third on vault with a 9.85 ... Won a share of the balance beam title at the NCAA Regionals, scoring 9.875, and tied for third on bars with a season-best 9.9 ... Recorded season-highs of 9.925 on vault and 9.85 on floor in the season-opener in Las Vegas ... Placed first on beam against Stanford ... Won the uneven bars at Cal State Fullerton with a season-high 9.9 and placed third in the all-around with a 39.0 ... Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

2007 - Limited to just balance beam in six meets in January after undergoing shoulder and ankle surgeries in the off-season ... An old fracture in her left ankle was discovered in February, and she had successful surgery in March, putting her out for the season ... In the six meets in which she competed, she averaged 9.767 on beam, with a high of 9.825 on Jan. 19 at Cal State Fullerton... Earned one victory on the year, tying for first on Jan. 6 against Washington.

2006 - Earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around and on vault ... Placed third in the evening session and sixth overall in the all-around with a 39.4 ... Placed second on vault with a two-vault average of 9.9 after scoring a 9.9625 on a Yurchenko full and 9.8375 on a layout Podkopayeva ... Qualified for the NCAA event finals after a first-place showing in prelims with a 9.95 ... Became the first gymnast in the nation to score a perfect 10 in 2006, hitting a perfect Yurchenko layout full vault at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 3 ... Finished the regular season ranked No. 11 in the all-around, No. 6 on bars and No. 10 on beam ... Second-highest ranked freshman in the nation in the all-around ... All-around season-best of 39.525 was the second-highest by a freshman in the nation ... Earned All-Pac-10 honors in the all-around ... Led UCLA in routines competed with 54 out of a possible 56 ... Ranked second on the team in individual victories with 10 and Top 3 finishes with 35 ... Has hit 17 consecutive routines, averaging 9.85 on those routines ... Qualified to the NCAA Championships after placing third in the all-around at the NCAA South Central Regionals ... Won the all-around and beam in a tri-meet against Stanford and San Jose State on Mar. 5 ... Named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 31-Feb. 5 after scoring a perfect 10 on vault and recording career-highs on bars (9.9) and the all-around (39.475) on Feb. 3 at Cal State Fullerton.

Club - Placed sixth in the all-around at the 2005 U.S. Championships to earn her third consecutive National Team berth ... Finished fifth on vault and 20th in the all-around at the 2004 U.S. Championships ... In 2003, she was the Region 5 Elite Athlete of the Year after placing 11th in the all-around, second on vault and eighth on bars at the U.S. Championships ... Won the vault title at the Trophee Massilia in France, beating two-time Olympic champion Elena Zamolodchikova ... Competing in the junior division in 2002, she won the vault title and placed 11th in the all-around and fifth on floor at the U.S. Championships ... Claimed the vault crown and was 13th in the all-around at the 2002 U.S. Classic ... Placed 15th in the all-around at the 2002 and 2001 American Classics ... Level 10 National all-around champion in 2001 and also placed third on bars and beam and fifth on vault and floor ... Was the Region 5 Level 10 champion in the all-around, vault and floor and the Illinois State champion on vault, bars and floor ... Trained at Illinois Gymnastics Institute under coach Todd Gardiner.

Personal - Her biggest athletic thrill so far has been signing with UCLA ... Hobbies are hanging out with friends and shopping ... Admires Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher ... Full name is Kristina Diane Comforte ... Parents: Victor and Kathy Comforte ... Has an older brother, Victor ... Born April 9, 1987 in Hinsdale, IL ... Sociology major.