UCLA Gymnast Tasha Schwikert Has Successful Shoulder Surgery

Dec. 22, 2005

UCLA sophomore gymnast Tasha Schwikert had successful right shoulder surgery on Monday and is expected to return to action in 2-3 months as she progresses with rehab.

Schwikert is the reigning NCAA, West Regional and Pac-10 all-around champion. Last season, she was selected the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was the only gymnast to earn first-team All-America honors on all four events and the all-around at the NCAA Championships. She scored a UCLA freshman record 39.825 in the all-around in a Mar. 6 meet against Florida and recorded four perfect 10s on the year, two each on bars and floor. Schwikert, a two-time U.S. National all-around champion, was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic squad and an alternate on the 2004 Olympic team. She captained the U.S. team to a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships and also won team bronze at the 2001 Worlds.

UCLA's season begins on Jan. 3 in Hawaii against Arkansas, California, Oregon State, Sacramento State and Washington. The Bruins' home opener is on Saturday, Jan. 7 against Utah at 6 pm in Pauley Pavilion.

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