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LSU, UCLA win first meets

January 5, 2008

Jubilation in Mexico for Louisiana: The No. 10-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted its highest first-meet score in school history en route to claiming the Cancun Classic in Mexico with a 195.725. Junior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney scored a 39.6 to win vault, bars, beam and the all-around.

In other news, UCLA posted a modest (for them) 194.975 beat Arizona State and Oregon State at the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. And they did it without Tasha Schwikert, Melissa Chan and Ashley Jenkins, all of whom are injured. Sophomore standout Anna Li won the all-around.

Anna Li, 2007 UCLA vs. Alabama, Uneven Bars:

Li has a gymnastics pedigree as impressive as Nastia Liukin’s — she’s the daughter of 1981 World Floor champion Li Yuejiu and World medalist and 1984 Chinese Olympian Wu Jiani, the first person to perform a Yurchenko loop on the balance beam in world competition. (The skill was named after Natalia Yurchenko because the Chinese didn’t submit tricks to be named after them at that time, Jiani told International Gymnast Magazine last year.)

Wu Jiani, 1981 USA vs. China, Uneven Bars: