GYMNASTICS UCLA INVITATIONAL : Keswick, Umphrey Lead Bruins
Scott Keswick and Chainey Umphrey will lead UCLA in the UCLA-Times Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Invitational at Pauley Pavilion, beginning tonight at 7 and concluding Sunday at 2 p.m.
The competition will include several other ranked gymnasts, in addition to juniors Keswick and Umphrey, who are tied for No. 1 nationally.
Men’s teams entered are No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 11 New Mexico and No. 13 Illinois.
Nine of the top 20 male all-around gymnasts will be in the meet, including Luis Lopez of New Mexico, Brad Bryan of Nebraska and Jay Caputo of Minnesota, plus Minnesota’s John Rothleisberger, winner of last season’s U.S. Gymnastics Federation’s national meet.
Women’s teams entered are No. 11 UCLA, No. 4 Oregon State, No. 12 Arizona State and No. 20 California.
Senior Joy Selig and her Oregon State teammate, freshman Chari Knight, are the leading women entered in the meet. Knight is ranked first with Selig on the balance beam, tied for third on the uneven bars, ranked third in the floor exercise and rated seventh in the all-around category. Selig is last season’s NCAA champion in the floor exercise and the balance beam.
The UCLA women are led by senior Natalie Britton and sophomore Carol Ulrich, both unranked. Rhonda Faehn, an alternate on the 1988 Olympic team, suffered a dislocated elbow Feb. 2 and is expected to be out for another month.
Today, the women will compete on the vault and the uneven bars, the men in the floor exercise and on the pommel horse and the rings. Sunday, the women will conclude with the floor exercise and the balance beam, the men on the vault, the parallel bars and the horizontal bar.