Women's Gym Places Fourth at NCAA West Regionals
April 7, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing first with a score of 197.775 at the West Regional Championships in front of 4,129 at Pauley Pavilion. Oregon State also qualified in second place with a 194.075. BYU (193.050) came in third followed by California (192.175), Boise State (190.600) and lastly, Cal State Fullerton (189.800). In addition, Kelly Parkinson of BYU and Dani Albright of San Jose State qualified as all-around competitors.
The Bears started off the evening on the vault where sophomore Janet McKnight led Cal, scoring a 9.750. Junior Lindsay Baker followed, receiving a mark of 9.725 to help the Bears to a team total of 48.2.
Also in the first rotation, Oregon State moved into second place after scoring 49.0 on the balance beam but was still over a point behind the Bruins after two events.
With a bye in the second rotation, the Bars awaited Cal in the third stanza. After a disappointing first rotation, sophomore co-captain Carrie Kreifels bounced back and recorded a 9.675 in what has certainly been her best event in 2001. The rested of the Bears struggled somewhat, but still enabled Cal to come out of the rotation with a team score of 47.175.
The balance beam was more favorable to the Bears in the fourth rotation where three gymnasts received a score of 9.7 or better. Kreifels, Olver and Baker scored 9.775, 9.750 and 9.700, respectively. Red-shirt freshmen Jarmin Yeh set a career high with a 9.575.
Although catching Oregon State for the last qualifying spot was a difficult task by the sixth and last rotation, Cal was still able to muster up its best event score of the night when the Bears tallied a 48.650 on the floor to conclude the 2001 campaign. It was only fitting that the lone senior on the squad, Olver, would lead the way with the top score on the team (9.825). The mark also was good enough to place her tied for seventh with Jeni Lopez of BYU.
Olver, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., also totaled a 38.575 in the all-around, which ranked her ninth overall in the competition behind teammate Baker who had another solid outing with a 38.600. Kreifels made the top 15 receiving a 38.225.
Following the meet, West Region awards were announced. Bhardwaj, the 2001 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, also earned West Region Gymnast of the Year honors. Stanford's Mark Cook earned Coach of the Year acclaim, matching his Pac-10 Coach of the Year award. In her first year holding the position, California assistant coach Jennifer Bialosky was named the region's Assistant Coach of the Year. UCLA Associate Athletic Director Betsy Stephenson earned West Region Administrator of the Year honors.
Also qualifying for NCAA Championships are Georgia, Denver, Alabama, Arizona State, Utah, Denver, Nebraska and Oklahoma.