Bruins Host Stanford Feb. 10
Feb. 4, 2002
UCLA Hosts Stanford - The 11th-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (5-4) will host seventh-ranked Stanford (4-1) on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm. The meet will be televised nationally on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. Check your listings for the times and dates of the broadcast in your area. In Los Angeles, the meet will be aired on Fox Sports Net on Feb. 14 at 1:30 pm, Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 17 at 2 pm. Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke will call the action.
Meet Promotions - The Bruin gymnastics team will sign autographs after the post-meet award ceremony. Fan giveaways include a UCLABruins.com mousepad to the first 500 in attendance.
Live Scoring - Fans not in attendance can view live scoring for the Bruin home meets on UCLA's official athletic website, www.uclabruins.com. Play-by-play text commentary will be provided by former Bruin gymnast and U.S. National Team member Jeanette Antolin.
A Look At The Cardinal - Stanford is coached by Kristen Smyth in her first year as head coach. The Cardinal won the Pac-10 Championship a year ago by .05 over the Bruins and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. Returning from that squad are All-Americans and Pac-10 beam co-champions Lindsay Wing and Lise Leveille, as well as Pac-10 vault co-champion Caroline Fluhrer. Last week, Stanford posted home victories over Arizona (197.25-195.175) and Denver (197.075-194.5).
Canadian Olympians Reunite - Nearly half of the 2000 Canadian Olympic team will be in action next Sunday when the Bruins and Cardinal meet. UCLA's Yvonne Tousek and Michelle Conway were Olympic teammates with Stanford's Lise Leveille. The trio helped the Canadians to a ninth-place finish in Sydney.
Dantzscher's Perfect 10 Streak Extends To Four - Sophomore Jamie Dantzscher continued her streak of perfect 10s to four meets, recording her third consecutive 10 on the floor exercise at Arizona Jan. 25. Dantzscher has scored a 10 in all but the first meet of the year, earning one on vault at Georgia Jan. 13 and three in a row on floor on Jan. 18, 20 and 25. In her career, she has scored eight 10s on floor, two on bars and one on vault to set a new school record with 11 career perfect marks.
Bruins Edged By Wildcats - The Bruins were edged out by the smallest of margins in their last meet Jan. 25, falling to Arizona by a score of 195.175-195.1. UCLA took a .025 lead headed into the final rotation and protected the lead well with a 49.3 on beam, but the Wildcats scored a 49.375 on floor to capture the victory. Once again, several alternates were forced into action after injuries to several of their teammates. Jamie Williams stepped in on floor and recorded a career-high 9.775 in front of a hometown crowd. Valerie Velasco tied her career-high on beam with a 9.85 and placed second in the all-around. Michelle Conway also stepped in on beam and recorded a career-best 9.8. Onnie Willis won the all-around with a 39.55, and Jamie Dantzscher won all of the events on which she competed - vault (9.925), bars (9.975) and floor (10).
Jones Returns From Ankle Injury - Junior All-American Malia Jones is starting to return to the lineup after missing the first three meets due to an ankle injury. Jones competed on vault, bars and beam at Arizona and placed second on beam with a career-high tying 9.875. Jones' return to the lineup could not have come at the better time. Classmate Kristin Parker sat out the Arizona meet for precautionary reasons after hitting the back of her neck on the uneven bars while dismounting during warmups. X-rays were negative, and Parker should be ready to compete this week.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins enter this week ranked 11th in the national rankings, which are based on season average. UCLA ranks fifth on bars (49.065), seventh on beam (48.75) and 10th on floor (49.055). Onnie Willis ranks fifth in the all-around (39.356), and Jamie Dantzscher is eighth (39.312). On vault, Dantzscher is ranked first (9.95), and Willis sixth (9.887). Dantzscher also own the top spot on bars (9.919), with Willis ninth (9.865). On beam, Malia Jones is the Bruins' highest-ranked gymnast at fifth (9.875), followed by Yvonne Tousek at 11th (9.85) and Kristin Parker at 23rd (9.825). And on floor, Dantzscher is the sole ranked Bruin, checking in at 21st (9.885).
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.
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.