UCLA Gymnasts Head To Tempe For NCAA Regionals
April 1, 2002
NCAA Regionals - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team (19-5) will travel to Tempe, Ariz. for the NCAA South Central Regional Championship. The meet will take place at Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. Tickets to the Regionals can be purchased at the Arizona State Ticket Office (480/965-2381. Prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children. The top two teams at the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Apr. 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Regional Field - Also vying with UCLA for the two coveted spots in the NCAA Championships are 12th-ranked Arizona, 17th-ranked BYU, 18th-ranked Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton and Illinois-Chicago. Also in the hunt for individual NCAA bids are all-arounders Jana Gallagher and Ashley Williams of Illinois-Champaign, Kristina Campos of Northern Illinois, Ashley Godwin of Southeast Missouri State, Luci Romberg of Texas Women's University, as well as individual event specialists Jessica Brozovich (vault), Erin McNabb (bars) and Michelle Hepner (floor) of Texas Women's University and Michelle Walker (floor) of Southeast Missouri State.
Rotation Order - UCLA will begin the meet on a bye before bars and end on vault. Rotation order was determined by blind draw.
Live Coverage - A link to live scoring at the Regional meet can be found on UCLA's official web site, www.uclabruins.com.
UCLA's Regional History - UCLA has won 12 regional championships, including the last three and eight of the last nine. Last season, UCLA scored 197.775 to defeat second-place Oregon State by 3.7 points. The Bruins swept the individual events, with Mohini Bhardwaj winning the bars, beam and floor and Kristin Parker, Yvonne Tousek and Onnie Willis tying for first on vault. UCLA went 1-2-3 in the all-around, as Bhardwaj captured first, Tousek second and Willis third.
UCLA Atop National Rankings - After posting a 197.625 road score at the Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins end the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 197.230. The Bruins are also ranked first nationally on bars (49.465), second on beam (49.305), third on vault (49.350) and sixth on floor (49.395). The RQS is compiled by taking the top six scores, three of which must be away scores, dropping the high and averaging the remaining five marks.Individually, five Bruins are ranked this week - Jamie Dantzscher, who is first on bars and floor and second on vault, Doni Thompson, who is tied for fourth on bars, Onnie Willis, who ranks fifth on floor, sixth in the all-around and vault and 25th on bars, Yvonne Tousek, who is seventh on bars, 13th in the all-around, 21st on floor and 23rd on beam, and Alyssa Beckerman, who is tied for seventh on beam.
A Look At The Competitors - In addition to UCLA's high-ranking gymnasts, the other regional teams have strong individual competitors on their squads. Arizona, which is the nation's top-ranked vault team, has three gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 on that event - No. 4 Andi McCabe, No. 12 Randi Liljenquist and No. 20 Monica Bisordi. The Wildcats are also strong on floor, with both Liljenquist and Katie Johnson sitting in the Top 5 in the national rankings at third and fourth, respectively. Liljenquist ranks ninth in the nation in the all-around. BYU is led by Kelly Parkinson-Evanson, who ranks seventh on beam, 11th in the all-around, 17th on vault and 21st on floor. For Arizona State, Maggie Germaine ranks 22nd in the country on vault. Cal State Fullerton's Kelly Mathiasen ranks 16th on beam, and Joanna Hughes is 20th on bars.
Bruins Have Nation's Top Marks - UCLA gymnasts have recorded some of the nation's highest individual and team scores this year. Individually, Jamie Dantzscher has the nation's top all-around total this year with a 39.9 and is tops on vault, bars and floor with perfect 10s. Onnie Willis also shares the nation's top marks on vault and floor with a perfect 10. As a team, UCLA has posted the nation's second-highest overall total (198.35), as well as the highest totals on vault (49.7), bars (49.65) and floor (49.725).
UCLA Wins 10th Pac-10 Title - Top-ranked UCLA captured its 10th Pac-10 team title on Mar. 23, hitting 24-for-24 routines for the first time all season and scoring a 197.625 at Stanford's Maples Pavilion. Arizona was second with a 197.05. The Bruins needed 48.975 on floor to clinch the title and received high marks from Michelle Conway (career-high 9.85), Malia Jones (9.825), Kristin Parker (season-high 9.925), Alyssa Beckerman (9.875), Onnie Willis (9.925) and Jamie Dantzscher (9.95) to take the victory. Willis won the all-around with a 39.625, becoming the sixth-consecutive UCLA gymnast to win the all-around crown. Willis, Dantzscher and Doni Thompson shared first-place honors on bars, Alyssa Beckerman tied for first on beam, and Dantzscher successfully defended her Pac-10 floor title, tying for first place.
Dantzscher Selected Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year - Sophomore Jamie Dantzscher was honored by the Pac-10 coaches as the Conference Gymnast of the Year. Dantzscher has posted the Pac-10's top marks in the all-around (39.9), vault (10.0), bars (10.0) and floor (10.0) and set a national record with seven consecutive perfect 10s on floor. She also scored two perfect 10s on vault and one on bars. Her all-around score of 39.9 was the fourth-highest in NCAA history, and she became only the third gymnast ever to score three perfect 10s in one meet. Dantzscher averages 9.919 or better on vault, bars and floor and has scored 9.9 twice on beam. Dantzscher becomes the sixth-straight Bruin to earn Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year acclaim. Arizona coach Bill Ryden was named the Conference Coach of the Year, and Stanford's Mandy Delgado and Arizona's Katie Johnson were voted the Co-Freshmen of the Year.
Perfect 10 Streak Ends At Seven For Dantzscher - Jamie Dantzscher had her streak of consecutive perfect 10s on floor stopped at seven after receiving a 9.95 at the Pac-10 Championships. Dantzscher, who was competing on an injured ankle, landed just a tad low on her final tumbling pass. Dantzscher has scored a 10 in all but three meets this year for a grand total of 10, including three on Mar. 3 (vault, bars and floor). In her career, she has scored 12 perfect 10s on floor, three on bars and two on vault to set a new school record with 17 career perfect marks. Dantzscher's consecutive 10 streak on floor was an NCAA record.
Parker's Presence Integral To Vault Lineup - After sitting out three meets due to injury, junior All-American Kristin Parker has returned to the vault lineup and has provided much-needed results. Since her return the Bruins have jumped up to third in the national rankings on vault and set season-highs twice. In her five meets back, Parker has scored 9.8 or higher each time out and has led UCLA to team scores of 49.15 (Feb. 23), 49.45 (Mar. 1), a school-record 49.7 (Mar. 3), 49.325 (Mar. 16) and 49.275 (Mar. 23). With Parker in the vault lineup, the Bruins have scored 49+ on vault seven of eight times and averaged 49.26. Without her in the lineup, UCLA has averaged just 47.756.
Antolin Also Key To Vaulting Success - Another key to UCLA's recent success on vault is sophomore Jeanette Antolin. The five-time U.S. National Team member rejoined the Bruin squad on Feb. 13 and competed for the first time this season on Feb. 17, placing second on vault with a 9.7. At Washington on Mar. 1, she claimed her first individual victory of the year, winning the vault with a career-high 9.95. She equaled that mark two days later at the UCLA Invitational and has scored a 9.9 in each of her last two meets. Antolin has also competed on bars twice and set a new career-high with a 9.925 at the Pac-10 Championships.
Beckerman Continues To Post Top Marks - Sophomore Alyssa Beckerman has been on fire the last seven meets, scoring no lower than 9.875 on floor and no lower than 9.8 on beam. Beckerman, who missed most of the 2001 season after undergoing wrist surgery, has been UCLA's anchor on beam since unexpectedly stepping in for an injured teammate in the season's second meet at Georgia. The 2000 U.S. Olympic alternate and U.S. balance beam champion averages 9.811 on beam with five individual wins and six scores of 9.9+, including a 9.95. At the Pac-10 Championships, she scored a 9.9 to capture a share of the conference title. On floor exercise, she stepped in for an injured teammate on Feb. 10 against Stanford and recorded a 9.875 on her first collegiate floor routine. She has been in the floor lineup ever since and averages 9.882 with a high of 9.9.
UCLA's 1-2-3 All-Around Punch - No school in the nation can match the combined strength of UCLA's top 3 all-arounders - 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, two-time Olympian Yvonne Tousek and defending NCAA all-around champion Onnie Willis. The three Bruins have posted the highest all-around marks for any trio on any team this season - Dantzscher with a 39.9, Tousek with a 39.725 and Willis with a 39.65. Tousek and Willis have scored 39.4+ four and five times, respectively, and Dantzscher has broken the 39.7 barrier three times. The Bruins also have two other strong, consistent all-arounders in Kristin Parker (season-high 39.425, career-high 39.675) and Malia Jones (season-high 39.325, career-high 39.425).
Bruin Squad Filled With Olympians, National Team Members - The 2002 Bruin squad is filled with former U.S. and Canadian Olympians and National Team members. In all, UCLA boasts five Olympians and eight former national team members. UCLA's Olympians are Jamie Dantzscher, Kristen Maloney and Alyssa Beckerman from the U.S. and Yvonne Tousek and Michelle Conway from Canada. In addition to those five, Jeanette Antolin, Doni Thompson and Onnie Willis were once members of the U.S. National Team. Many of the Bruin gymnasts have World Championships experience, as Tousek competed at the 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999 Worlds, Thompson competed in 1995, and Antolin, Dantzscher, Maloney and Conway competed in 1999. Beckerman made the World Championships team in 1999 but could not compete due to injury.
Number Crunching - On floor, Onnie Willis has hit 32 of 33 routines throughout her career for an average of 9.88 ... Doni Thompson has hit 40 of 42 (95%) uneven bar routines in her career, including all 12 this year, for a career average of 9.832 ... Yvonne Tousek has averaged a 9.86 on her last 11 beam routines, dating back to last season ... Kristin Parker has hit 23 consecutive vaults for an average of 9.862 ... In addition to her mastery on floor, Jamie Dantzscher has also scored big on bars, recording a 9.95 or better in nine of 11 meets this year.
Dantzscher Hauling In Event Titles - Jamie Dantzscher has been running away with most of the event titles this year, already taking in 28 first-place finishes out of a possible 46 (60.9%). She is well ahead of the pace of Mohini Bhardwaj's school-record total of 29 victories in 2000. Dantzscher also has 35 Top 3 finishes (76%). Onnie Willis ranks second in the individual victories department with nine. Alyssa Beckerman leads the team with five beam victories.
Injuries Sideline Several Bruins - Sophomores Kristen Maloney and Carly Raab have been unable to compete this season due to injuries. Maloney, a 2000 U.S. Olympian, had surgery in 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. In the past seven years alone, Kondos Field has led UCLA to three NCAA titles and one runner-up finish, five Regional titles and four Pac-10 Championships. She has been voted the national coach of the year by her peers four times in the past six years.
Updated Biographies -
Jeanette Antolin - Rejoined the Bruin squad on Feb. 13 and competed on vault at Cal on Feb. 17 ... Scored a 9.7 to place second in that meet ... Won her first competition of the season at Washington on Mar. 1, scoring a career-high 9.95 on vault ... Also competed on bars at Washington, recording a 9.775 ...Equaled her career-high on vault with a 9.95 at the UCLA Invitational ...Scored a 9.9 to tie for second at Alabama ...Competed on vault and bars at the Pac-10 Championships, scoring 9.9 on vault and a career-high 9.925 on bars to tie for fourth ...Season average on vault is 9.85, 9.925 in her last four meets. Season Bests: V - 9.95, UB - 9.925.
Alyssa Beckerman - UCLA's anchor on balance beam averages 9.811, including 9.886 in her last seven meets ...Pac-10 balance beam co-champion ...Recorded a career-best of 9.95 to place first against Oregon State on Feb. 23 ...Unexpectedly made her season debut at Georgia on Jan. 13 and produced a 9.85 ...Leads the team with five individual victories on beam and seven Top 3 placements ... Made her Bruin debut on floor on Feb. 10 against Stanford and earned a 9.875 ...Has twice scored career-bests of 9.9 on floor and has scored no lower than 9.875 in seven appearances ... Averages 9.882 with three Top 3 finishes ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention acclaim.Season Bests: BB - 9.95, FX - 9.9.
Michelle Conway - Has competed mostly on vault and floor for the Bruins ...Earned season-bests of 9.825 three times on vault ... Averages 9.628, 9.74 in her last three meets ...Came in on floor for an ill Yvonne Tousek at the Pac-10 Championships and set her career-high with a 9.85 in the leadoff position ...Averages 9.747 on floor ...On beam, scored a career-high 9.9 to tie for first at Cal on Feb. 17 ...Season-high on bars is 9.675, also at Cal ... Competed once in all-around action. Season Bests: V - 9.825, UB - 9.675, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.85, AA - 37.325.
Jamie Dantzscher - Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year ...Set a national record with seven consecutive perfect 10s on floor from Jan. 18-Mar. 3 ...Holds an RQS of 10.0 on floor to rank first nationally ... She is the first gymnast since Kim Arnold and Leah Brown on vault in 1997 to hold an RQS of 10.0 on any event ...Overall average on floor is 9.938 ...Also ranked No. 1 in the nation on bars with an RQS of 9.975 ...Has scored 9.95 or better in nine of 11 meets this year, including a perfect 10 on Mar. 3 at the UCLA Invitational ...Owns a team-best nine bars victories and 10 Top 3 finishes this season ...Tied for second in the nation on vault (9.945) ... Scored perfect 10s at Georgia on Jan. 13 and at the UCLA Invitational ...Leads the Bruins with six vault victories ...Has emerged as a solid beam worker, posting two career-best scores of 9.9 and averaging 9.77 ... Picked up her first season victory on beam at Washington on Mar. 1, scoring 9.875 ... Scored a career-high 39.9 in the all-around Mar. 3, the fourth-highest score in NCAA history ... Earned 10.0s on vault, bars and floor and a 9.9 on beam in that meet to become only the third gymnast ever to score three 10s in a single meet (joining Georgia's Karin Lichey in 1996 and former Bruin Mohini Bhardwaj in 2001) ...In her last four all-around competitions, she has scored 39.725 (Feb. 10), 39.8 (Feb. 23), 39.9 (Mar. 3) and 39.575 (Mar. 23) ...Selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team ...Twice named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 22, Feb. 10) ... Has earned UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week honors three times ... Team co-captain. Season Bests: V - 10.0, UB - 10.0, BB - 9.9, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.9.
Natasha Desai - Has seen action in three meets, competing on vault and bars at Fullerton on Jan. 18 and on vault at Arizona and Cal. Season Bests: V - 9.225, UB - 9.175.
Lindsey Dong - Competed just once this season on vault, battling through a foot injury to vault on Feb. 10 against Stanford. Season Bests: V - 9.35.
Christy Erickson - Has competed on floor five times ... Hit her first routine of the year at Fullerton on Jan. 18, scoring a career-high 9.6 ... Just two days later, came back to score a 9.575 in her first counting routine in Pauley Pavilion ...Improved upon her career-high with a 9.675 performance at Washington on Mar. 1 ... Competed on vault for the first time at Fullerton, scoring a 9.325. Season Bests: V - 9.325, FX - 9.675.
Malia Jones - Has competed in the all-around in five of UCLA's last six meets with a season-best of 39.325 set at Washington on Mar. 1 ...Sat out the season's first three meets with an ankle injury suffered during warm-ups in the season opener ...Returned to the all-around lineup on Feb. 10 ... Averaging 9.846 on floor with a season-best of 9.9 ...Has scored 9.825 or better on beam in five meets with two first-place finishes ... Tied her career-high with a 9.875 in her first beam performance of the year at Arizona and equaled that score two other times before setting a new best with a 9.925 to tie for first at the UCLA Invite ...Placed first on bars against Arizona State on Jan. 20 with a 9.85 ...Season-best on vault is 9.825. Season Bests: V - 9.825, UB - 9.875, BB - 9.925, FX - 9.9, AA - 39.325.
Kristen Maloney - Has not competed this season due to off-season surgery on her leg.
Kristin Parker - Returned to all-around competition on Mar. 16 at Alabama after recuperating from assorted injuries suffered in January ... Scored a season-best 39.425 to place second at Alabama ...Also recorded season-bests on bars (9.85) and floor (9.875) ...Tied for fourth in the all-around and third on floor at the Pac-10 Championships and also set season-best on bars (9.875) and floor (9.925) ...Injured her neck while dismounting the uneven bars during warm-ups at Arizona then injured an ankle a week and a half later ... Did not return to competition until vaulting on Feb. 23 against Oregon State ... Scored a 9.85 in her first meet back and has averaged 9.84 in her last five meets ...Recorded her season-best of 9.925 in the season opener ...With Parker in the lineup, UCLA has scored 49+ on vault seven of eight times ... Has hit 23 consecutive vaults ... Season-high on beam is 9.875, set Jan. 18 at Fullerton ...Placed first on beam two days later against Arizona State ... Selected to the first-team Pac-10 All-Academic team for the second-straight season, compiling a 3.73 GPA in Psychology. Season Bests: V - 9.925, UB - 9.875, BB - 9.875, FX - 9.925, AA - 39.425.
Carly Raab - Out for the season due to an ACL injury ... Team co-captain.
Christie Tedmon - Broke four metatarsals on her left foot while dismounting the balance beam in her first collegiate routine at the Super Six Challenge on Jan. 11 ...Has not returned to competition. Season Bests: BB - 8.9.
Doni Thompson - Pac-10 unven bars co-champion ...Ranked fourth in the nation on the uneven bars with an RQS of 9.935 ...Has scored 9.9 or better six times, including three consecutive scores of 9.95 ... Set a career-high at Cal with a 9.975 on Feb. 17 ...Has four victories on bars this year, including two in a row ... Leadoff performer on beam has scored 9.7 or better eight times with a season-high of 9.875 set at the Pac-10 Championships ... Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year ...Team co-captain. Season Bests: UB - 9.975, BB - 9.875.
Yvonne Tousek - Ranked seventh on bars, 13th in the all-around, 21st on floor and 23rd on beam ...Set a new career-high in the all-around with a 39.725 at the UCLA Invite ...Twice tied her career-high on floor with 9.95s at Fullerton and at the UCLA Invite ...Tied her career-high on beam with a 9.95 at Georgia ...Has hit her last 11 beam routines ...Owns three individual victories on beam ...Defending NCAA bars champion has recorded 9.9 or better six times on bars, including three 9.95s ...Has twice scored season-bests of 9.9 on vault ... Did not compete at the Pac-10 meet due to illness ... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection.Season Bests: V - 9.9, UB - 9.95, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.725.
Valerie Velasco - After being scheduled to be the alternate on all four events in the season opener, she ended up competing in the all-around at the Super Six Challenge ... Also competed all-around at Arizona on Jan. 25, scoring a 38.5 ...Competed nine times on bars with an average of 9.736 ...Set her career-high at Cal with a 9.825 ... Saw action on floor six times with a season-best of 9.8 on floor at Washington ...Scored 9.75 or better four times ...Tied her career-high on beam with a 9.85 at Arizona ...Season-high on vault was 9.475. Season Bests: V- 9.475, UB - 9.825, BB - 9.85, FX - 9.8, AA - 38.5.
Jamie Williams - Had the meet of her career on Feb. 17 at Cal, hitting three-for-three routines for career-highs (vault - 9.525, beam - 9.8, floor - 9.825) ...Earned her first career Top 3 finish by placing third on beam in that meet ...Came in on floor for an injured teammate in front of a hometown crowd against Arizona on Jan. 25 and scored a 9.775 ... Earned a 9.8 on floor at Washington ... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection. Season Bests: V - 9.525, BB - 9.8, FX - 9.825.
Onnie Willis - Pac-10 all-around champion with a score of 39.625 ...Also won the conference bars title (season-high 9.95), placed second on vault (9.95) and third on floor (9.925) ...Has posted seven scores of 39+ in the all-around, including a season-high 39.65 at Georgia ...Recorded two perfect 10s (vault and floor) on Mar. 3 at the UCLA Invite ...Ranked fifth nationally on floor, sixth on vault and the all-around and 25th on bars ... Has scored 9.9 or greater on six consecutive vaults ... Averages 9.913 on vault ...Earned a career-high 9.925 on beam at Georgia ...Scored 9.9 or greater in seven-straight floor routines ... First-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection with a 3.66 GPA in Psychology ...UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week for Mar. 18-25 ... Team co-captain. Season Bests: V - 10.0, UB - 9.95, BB - 9.925, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.65.