Many thanks to Jack Rosenfeld for sharing this story on our women's gymnastics team. Regular readers of BN should know Jack. He is the uber talented photographer who is always kind of enough to send us his wonderful pictures from Pauley. Thanks Jack and good luck to our Bruins for rest of the season. GO BRUINS. -N
Tough day at Pauley. The women were in the lead after the first two rotations. They had a tough beam rotation, including two of the women falling off the beam. One of them was Brittani McCullough, who had very strong vault and uneven bars. After her beam performance, she had her ankle worked on and re-wrapped before her floor routine. On her first tumbling pass, she hurt her ankle on the takeoff, but was able to finish the first pass before being unable to continue.
She is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. UCLA finished third, as McCollough could not complete her floor routine and UCLA used senior Natalie Padilla's 9.1 score. Although it would have been tough to win the overall meet without McCullough's floor routine, UCLA might have been able to take second place with a stronger beam performance. Tasha won the all-around and Jordan took third. UCLA finished third behind Arkansas and Alabama, but finished ahead of Cal State Fullerton.
Great way for the Schwikert sisters to end their Pauley Pavillion careers.
You can find more photos of the meet on the Bruin Report Online's other sports forum.
- Jack Rosenfeld