Women's Gymnastics Captures Bruin Classic
Feb. 22, 1998
LOS ANGELES - No. 5 UCLA won the second annual Bruin Classic today in Pauley Pavilion, scoring 194.55 points to defeat 11th-ranked Oregon State (192.55), seventh-ranked Penn State (190.8) and Cal State Fullerton (189.275). The Bruins, who have now won five consecutive meets, posted the highest marks of the day on each of the four apparatus.
Three Bruins swept the all-around standings, with sophomore Lena Degteva placing first with a Bruin Classic record 39.15. This was Degteva's first all- around win of the year, and just the second in her collegiate career. Fellow sophomore Heidi Moneymaker was second with a 39.1, followed by senior Stella Umeh with a 38.9.
Umeh placed first on vault (9.825) for the second meet in a row. Junior Lisa Hiley nailed her pike front with a half twist vault to land in second place with a career-high 9.775. This was just the second time Hiley had performed that vault in competition. The second place finish was also her highest ever on any event. Degteva rounded out the Bruin sweep on vault with a third-place finish (9.725).
Moneymaker continued her dominance on bars, scoring a 9.85 to place first for the fifth consecutive meet. Oregon State's Deanne Droegemueller was second with a 9.825, Oregon State's highest score of the day on any event.
Fullerton's Christy Lutz tied teammate Courtney Bogart's school record on beam with a first-place score of 9.875. Degteva set a season-high on beam with a 9.85 to finish second.
On floor, Umeh scored a Bruin Classic record 9.9 to take first. Three Bruin teammates (Kiralee Hayashi, Degteva and Moneymaker) followed in second place with 9.775s.
UCLA (11-1) will next face Pac-10 rival Washington Friday, Feb. 27 in Seattle.
1998 BRUIN CLASSIC
INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS
* Career high; - Season high; # Bruin Classic record
CLick for Bruin Video