No. 3 Bruins Travel To Desert To Face No. 6 Arizona

Jan. 22, 2002

UCLA at Arizona - The third-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team will travel to Tucson, AZ to face the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 pm Mountain Time in the McKale Center. The Wildcats recorded a season-best team total of 196.1 in a dual meet loss at Utah last weekend. The score was the fifth-highest in Arizona history.

A Look At The Wildcats - Arizona is led by senior All-American Randi Liljenquist, who currently ranks seventh nationally in the all-around with a season-best score of 39.55. Liljenquist is also ranked eighth on beam, 16th on vault and floor and 22nd on bars. Monica Bisordi is also ranked eighth on beam, just ahead of 15th-ranked Katie Johnson and 25th-ranked Kristine Harper. Andi McCabe is the highest-ranked Wildcat on vault (fifth). As a team, the Wildcats are ranked fourth on vault and beam, sixth on floor and 18th on bars. Last season, Arizona missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships by one-tenth of a point.

Williams Set To Compete In Hometown - Sophomore Jamie Williams will return to her hometown of Tucson, AZ to compete against the Wildcats this weekend. Williams, who was class valedictorian at Sabino HS in 2000, trained at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics. She was the 1999 Arizona state Level 10 beam champion, the 1998 floor champion and a two-time nationals qualifier.

Dantzscher Sets School Record For 10.0s - Although just a sophomore, Jamie Dantzscher has already set a new school record for most career perfect 10s with 10 and rising. Dantzscher, a 2000 U.S. Olympian, has scored a 10 in her last three meets, earning one on vault at Georgia Jan. 13 and two in a row on floor on Jan. 18 and Jan. 20. She has scored seven 10s on floor, two on bars and one on vault in a little over one year as a Bruin.

Full Team Effort Keys Win At Fullerton - Competing all healthy team members, the Bruins scored a 192.775 to earn a triangular meet victory over Cal State Fullerton and Boise State Jan. 18. Redshirt freshman Trishna Patel (vault) and true freshman Natasha Desai (vault and bars) made their career competitive debuts as Bruins. Sophomore Christy Erickson, who set a new career high on floor with a 9.6, competed for the first time on vault, and freshman Michelle Conway saw her first action on bars and beam. Doni Thompson took first place on bars with a 9.85, Alyssa Beckerman was first on beam with a career-high 9.925, and Jamie Dantzscher won on floor with a perfect 10.

Bruins Down Sun Devils - The Bruins swept the all-around and individual events en route to a 195.325-192.125 win over Arizona State in UCLA's home opener Jan. 20. Onnie Willis and Jamie Dantzscher tied for first in the all-around with a 39.3. Kristin Parker was third with a 39.1. The all-around win was the first of Dantzscher's career. She also won the vault (9.925) and floor (10.0). Junior Malia Jones made a two-event return from an ankle injury that held her out of the season's first three meets. Jones competed on vault and tied with Willis for first on bars with a 9.85. Parker placed first on beam with a 9.825.

UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins enter this week ranked third in the national rankings, which are based on high score. UCLA ranks second on vault, third on bars and beam and sixth on floor. Onnie Willis remains ranked third in the all-around (39.65). Yvonne Tousek is 11th with a 39.425, followed by Jamie Dantzscher (18th, 39.325). On vault, Dantzscher is tied for first with a 10.0. Willis and Parker are tied for 11th (9.925). Dantzscher again is the Bruins' highest-ranked athlete on bars, checking in at second (9.975). Tousek and Willis are tied for sixth (9.9). On beam, Tousek is tied for first (9.95), followed by Willis and Alyssa Beckerman at sixth (9.925), Kristin Parker at 15th (9.875) and Dantzscher at 25th (9.85). On floor, Dantzscher is tied for first (10.0), Willis is tied for third (9.975), and Tousek is tied for sixth (9.95).

Perfect Bruins - UCLA gymnasts earned 20 perfect 10s last season, including seven from Jamie Dantzscher, two each from Onnie Willis and Kristen Maloney and one from Kristin Parker. Mohini Bhardwaj, a senior last season, accounted for the other eight perfect scores. So far in 2002, Dantzscher has the only perfect 10s, earning one on vault and two on floor.

Bruins Dedicate Season To Sept. 11 Victims, Heroes - The UCLA gymnastics team has dedicated its 2002 season to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bruin gymnasts created a banner that reads: 'Tribute - To the victims and those devoted to the relief effort: Your courage, strength, compassion and humanity fuel our fire and rekindle our passion for gymnastics. We dedicate our season to you and commit to take every day as a gift.' The banner was placed at Ground Zero in New York City.

Injuries Sideline Four Bruins - Senior Lindsey Dong and sophomores Kristen Maloney and Carly Raab have been unable to compete so far this season due to injuries. Dong has a stress fracture on her ankle, Maloney had surgery August to remove a rod in her shin and has not yet been cleared to compete, and Raab is out for the year after suffering an ACL injury. In addition, freshman Christie Tedmon suffered four broken metatarsals on her left foot while dismounting the balance beam in the season opener and will sit out a minimum of six to eight weeks.

Co-Captains Named - UCLA has selected juniors Onnie Willis, Carly Raab and Doni Thompson and sophomore Jamie Dantzscher as team co-captains for 2002. Willis and Raab were co-captains in 2001.

Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field - In her 12th season as head coach of the Bruins, Valorie Kondos Field has positioned her team as the premier program in collegiate gymnastics. Not only has she consistently recruited the top talent in the world, but she has produced the results. In the past six years alone, Kondos Field has led UCLA to three NCAA titles and one runner-up finish, five Regional titles and three Pac-10 Championships. She has been voted the national coach of the year by her peers four times in the past six years.

Kondos' Korner - UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field will continue her weekly diary for UCLABruins.com. You can read her latest entry at www.uclabruins.com.

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