UCLA Advances To Super Six Team Finals
April 19, 2001
Athens, Ga. - Much like last season, the defending national champion UCLA gymnastics team hit 24 for 24 routines in the team preliminaries, scoring an afternoon-high of 197.625 to advance to the Super Six Team Finals along with Michigan and Alabama.
The Bruins began the meet on the floor exercise and received escalating scores throughout the set to arrive at a 49.525 total. After Kristin Parker led off with a 9.725, UCLA reeled off five straight scores of 9.85 or higher, closing with a 9.9 from Onnie Willis and back-to-back 9.95s from Jamie Dantzscher and Mohini Bhardwaj.
UCLA continued its success on vault, totaling 49.2 thanks to five 9.8+ scores. Parker led the Bruins with a 9.9, and Dantzscher and Willis scored 9.85 each.
Leading by half a point after two events, the Bruins moved to the uneven bars and continued to crank out high scores, earning five 9.9s or higher ï¿½ 9.9s from Willis, Doni Thompson, Yvonne Tousek and Bhardwaj, and a 9.925 from Dantzscher. The scores gave UCLA a total of 49.525 and a three-event mark of 148.25.
With Alabama and Michigan concluding competition after five rotations, the Wolverines led with a final team total of 196.525, followed by Alabama with 196.375. UCLA led Florida by 1.375 for the final spot in the Super Six Team Finals and needed just 48.3 on its final event (beam) to surpass Michigan for first place in the preliminary round and 48.15 to surpass Alabama.
A 48+ was no problem for the Bruins, who scored 49.375 on the beam to clinch first place. A pair of 9.9s from Tousek and Kristen Maloney led the team.
Willis finished in a tie for first place in the all-around with Michigan's Elise Ray, pending the night session scores. Willis and Ray each scored a 39.525. Bhardwaj, Tousek and Alabama's Jeana Rice tied for third with a 39.475. Every Bruin who competed earned first or second team All-America honors.
'It was an exciting feel on the floor,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'It was the first time we had gone 24-for-24 this year. What was good to see was that regardless of how the scoring was, the risk was still being taken. It was exciting to see so much difficulty. We are looking forward to tomorrow.'
Vault -- 49.2
Malia Jones -- 9.75
Yvonne Tousek -- 9.8
Jamie Dantzscher -- 9.85
Kristin Parker -- 9.9
Onnie Willis -- 9.85
Mohini Bhardwaj -- 9.8
Bars -- 49.525
Onnie Willis -- 9.9
Kristin Parker -- 9.85
Doni Thompson -- 9.9
Yvonne Tousek -- 9.9
Jamie Dantzscher -- 9.925
Mohini Bhardwaj -- 9.9