Tenth-Ranked UCLA Travels To Cal For All-UC Gymnastics Meet

Feb. 11, 2002

UCLA Battles Other UC Schools in Berkeley - The 10th-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (6-4) will travel to Berkeley to face California, UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis in an all-UC Schools battle Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 pm. The bi-annual California Invitational will take place in Haas Pavilion.

A Look At The Competition - UC Davis is the highest ranked Bruin opponent this week, checking in at 51st nationally with a 190.168 average. Cal, which is coached by former Bruin gymnast Trina Tinti, dropped from 36th to 68th with an average of 183.208 after injuries and illnesses prevented the squad from fielding a full team last Friday at Arizona. The Golden Bears were only able to score 138.825 in that meet. UC Santa Barbara ranks 79th with a 175.185 average.

Perfect 10s Keep Coming For Dantzscher - Sophomore Jamie Dantzscher continued her streak of perfect 10s to five consecutive meets, recording her fourth-straight 10 on the floor exercise vs. Stanford Feb. 10. Dantzscher has scored a 10 in all but the first meet of the year, earning one on vault at Georgia Jan. 13 and four in a row on floor on Jan. 18, Jan. 20, Jan. 25 and Feb. 10. In her career, she has scored nine 10s on floor, two on bars and one on vault to set a new school record with 12 career perfect marks.

Bruins Set New Season High In Win Over Stanford - Despite being besieged with injuries prior to the meet, the Bruins recorded a season-best team total to defeat seventh-ranked Stanford, 196.925-195.025. Competing without several injured teammates, many Bruins stepped up to post season-high scores. Jamie Dantzscher set a new all-around best to place first with a 39.725, the second-highest score in the nation this season. The score moved her into fourth on the all-time school list. Dantzscher also tied her season-high on bars with a 9.975, set a new career-high on beam with a 9.875 and recorded her fourth consecutive 10 on floor. Onnie Willis tied her season-best on bars (9.9) and placed second in the all-around with a 39.55. Yvonne Tousek was third in the all-around with a season-high 39.525 and set her season-high on bars with a 9.95. Others recording career marks were Jamie Williams on vault (9.475) and floor (9.775) and Alyssa Beckerman on floor (9.875 in her first collegiate floor performance). Beckerman also placed first on beam with a 9.9.

Dong Steps Up For Bruins On Vault - Despite an stress fracture in her foot, senior Lindsey Dong competed for the first time this season on vault against Stanford. With the Bruins short vaulters due to injuries, Dong came through and landed her vault for a score of 9.35, helping the Bruins record a team score of 48.725, the third-best total of the season.

Number Crunching - Onnie Willis has hit 17 straight routines and has scored 9.85 or higher on nine in a row ... She has been most consistent on bars, the event on which she was the NCAA runner-up a year ago, hitting 22 straight bar routines (since Feb. 20, 2000) without a miss for an average of 9.87 ... Jamie Dantzscher has hit 14 consecutive routines, eight of which have scored 9.925 or higher ... Yvonne Tousek has averaged a 9.875 on her last eight beam routines, dating back to last season ... UCLA's most consistent beam performer in the past two-plus years has been Kristin Parker, who has competed 14 straight beam routines (since Mar. 18, 2000) without a miss for an average of 9.825 ... Parker has also hit 18 consecutive vaults for an average of 9.869.

UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins enter this week ranked 10th in the national rankings with a season average of 195.442. UCLA ranks second on bars (49.142), sixth on beam (48.825) and ninth on floor (49.125). Jamie Dantzscher ranks second in the all-around (39.425) and is the highest-ranked active gymnast (No. 1 Kinsey Rowe of Georgia is out with an injury). Onnie Willis remains ranked fifth with an average of 39.395. On vault, Dantzscher is ranked first (9.935), and Willis sixth (9.890). Dantzscher also owns the top spot on bars (9.93), with Willis eighth (9.871) and Doni Thompson 21st (9.837). On beam, Yvonne Tousek is the Bruins' highest-ranked gymnast at 10th (9.85), and Kristin Parker is tied for 20th (9.825). And on floor, Dantzscher is the sole ranked Bruin, checking in at 13th (9.904).

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 Several Bruins - The injured reserved list for UCLA has added a new member - junior Kristin Parker. The four-time All-American sat out the Stanford meet after suffering an sprained ankle during practice last week. She missed the Arizona meet on Jan. 25 after hitting the back of her neck on the uneven bars while dismounting during warmups. X-rays proved to be negative. Parker is expected to sit out for 1-2 weeks. Sophomores Kristen Maloney and Carly Raab have been unable to compete so far this season due to injuries. 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.

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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