Photos from the NCAA banquet and individual event finals (action photos by Jim Scieszinski).
The Top 8 all-around finishers were honored at the NCAA Championships on Apr. 17, 2009.
UCLA won the 2009 Pac-10 Championship on Mar. 21 (photos by Heather Maynez)
UCLA hosted Nebraska on Mar. 15, 2009 (photos by UCLA Sports Information and Jeff Sipsey)
NCAA Championships banquet and Event Finals (Action photos by Jim Scieszinski)
Overview - Former walk-on who earned a scholarship after her standout freshman season and went on to become a four-time All-American as a senior ... One of UCLA's most consistent athletes ever ... Hit 175 of her 182 career routines (96%) without a fall ... Never missed a meet, competing in 57 consecutive meets ... Was limited in training her first two seasons because of pain caused by the rod in her leg from a car accident in 2001 but had the rod was removed from her leg in May of 2007.
2009 - First-team All-American in the all-around and uneven bars and second-team All-American on vault and floor exercise ... Tied for fourth in the all-around and fifth on bars at the NCAA Championships ... Earned her career-best all-around score of 39.525 in her last team competition of her career at the NCAA Championships ... Pac-10 Scholar Gymnast of the Year and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic ... First-team All-Pac-10 on vault ... Tied for third on floor with a 9.9 at Regionals, competing in the anchor spot for the first time in her career ... Placed fourth in the all-around at the Pac-10 Championships with a 39.35 and tied for fourth on vault with a career-high tying 9.9 ... Scored a career-high 9.925 on floor in her final performance at home on Mar. 15 and also earned third-place marks on vault and bars (9.875s) ... Shook off a knee injury suffered three days prior to score a then-career-high 39.5 in the all-around against Georgia ... Earned a career-best 9.9 on beam as the leadoff performer against the Gym Dogs and also had scores of 9.875 on vault and bars and 9.85 on floor ... Tied for first on uneven bars with a 9.875, scored a season-high on floor with a 9.85, and placed third in the all-around at Oregon State ... Won the uneven bars with a season-high 9.9 at the Masters Classic and added a 9.85 on vault to help the Bruins achieve a national-best 49.575 team score ... Leadoff mark of 9.875 on vault helped the Bruins score 49.525 on Feb. 15 ... Competed in the all-around for the first time at ASU on Jan. 30 and placed first with a 39.3 ... Also at ASU, she tied her career-high on vault with a 9.9 and performed an E-level skill on floor (Arabian double front) for the first time in her career, scoring 9.8 to tie for second ... Leadoff mark of 9.875 on bars led UCLA to a season-high 49.5 team score against Cal ... Also added scores of 9.8 on beam (tied for third place) and 9.775 on vault against the Golden Bears ... Tied for first on bars with a 9.85 and tied for third on beam with a 9.85 at Fullerton ... Scored a 9.85 on bars against Arizona to tie for second ... Bone bruise in her knee limited her to just uneven bars in the first two meets.
2008 - Recorded a score of 9.8 or greater in 25 of 45 leadoff routines, with highs of 9.875 on vault at Georgia, 9.9 on bars at Pac-10s, 9.85 on beam at Pac-10s, and 9.85 on floor at NCAAs ... Claimed one event title on the year, on beam at Washington (9.85) ... Tied for second on uneven bars in the season opener at Las Vegas (9.85) ... Recorded two third-place finishes on bars - at Cal (9.875) and at Pac-10s (9.9) ... Competed in the all-around nine times and scored 39+ in her last seven attempts, with a high of 39.4 achieved at Pac-10s ... Placed third in the all-around at Pac-10s ... First-team All-Pac-10 in the all-around ... NACGC Scholastic All-American and second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
2007 - NACGC Scholastic All-American and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honoree ... Averaged 39.275 in the all-around, second-best on the squad, with a career-high of 39.425 achieved in the dual meet win over Georgia Mar. 4 ... Placed in the Top 3 in five of seven all-around attempts, with a first-place showing at the John Wooden Challenge on Feb. 25, a pair of second-place finishes and a pair of third-place finishes ... Made her all-around season debut on Feb. 10 and recorded career-high marks in four consecutive showings, starting with a 39.25 on Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, a 39.325 on Feb. 25 and 39.425 on Mar. 4 ... Leading off on vault in the final rotation at the NCAA Championships, her career-high score of 9.9 helped the Bruins earn a fourth-place finish ... Earned her first-ever 9.9+ score on Feb. 25, shattering her career-high with a near-perfect 9.975 on uneven bars ... Averaged 9.817 on bars ... Recorded seven leadoff scores of 9.8 or higher on beam, with a season and career-high of 9.875 to take first place at Denver on Feb. 10 ... Averaged 9.771 on floor exercise since joining the lineup on Feb. 10.
2006 - One of UCLA's most consistent gymnasts in 2006, hitting 50 of 52 routines (96%) on the year ... Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year ... Ranked third on the team in routines competed ... Became a mainstay in the all-around lineup, competing in the all-around in the last 12 meets and recording a best of 39.225 at Arizona on Feb. 24 ... Won her first all-around title on Feb. 12 against Washington with a score of 39.2 ... Had five Top 3 finishes in all-around competition ... Finished the regular season ranked 36th nationally in the all-around ... Averaged 9.788 on both vault and floor ... Placed third on vault at the NCAA Regionals with a 9.85 to tie her career-best mark ... Earned a career-best 9.875 on bars at UCLA's Feb. 19 quad meet ... Set her career-best on beam at the Pac-10 Championships, scoring 9.85 ... Hit a career-best 9.875 on floor Mar. 5 against Stanford and San Jose State ... Selected the UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 17-22 after placing second in the all-around at Washington and scoring 38.95 against Oregon State two days later ... Earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week acclaim after her all-around victory on Feb. 12.
Club - Trained at SCEGA under coaches Tim Garrison, Kathy Straight and Meredith Paulicivic and at South Coast Gymnastics under coaches Jia Wen and Xiaoping Li ... All-around champion and uneven bars runner-up at the 1999 Western National Championships ... Earned Level 10 status and was training for elite before injuries from a serious car accident forced her retirement in 2001.
Personal - Accomplished b-girl (breakdancer) ... Became one of the youngest people ever to join renowned dance troupe Culture Shock of San Diego ... Performed as a dancer and b-girl for three years at Sea World San Diego ... Describes her biggest athletic thrill as "being able to be a part of such an accomplished gymnastics team" ... Admires former Bruin All-American Jeanette Antolin ... Graduated early from Patrick Henry HS ... Full name is Ariana Alyse Berlin ... Parents: Howard and Susan Berlin ... Has an older brother, Matthew ... Born October 29, 1987 in San Diego ... World Arts and Cultures major with a Dance concentration.
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