No. 1 UCLA Gymnasts Win Bruin Classic With 198.275
Jan. 19, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team scored a national season-high of 198.275 to capture first place in the Bruin Classic on Sunday at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. California was second with a 192.95, Cal State Fullerton was third with a 191.525, and UC Davis placed fourth with a 189.675.
Olympians Jamie Dantzscher and Kate Richardson combined to score three perfect 10s, with Dantzscher earning hers on the uneven bars and floor, and Richardson recording her first career 10 on the balance beam. However, it was senior Onnie Willis who captured the all-around title with a career-best 39.8. Dantzscher was second with her second consecutive 39.775 total, and Richardson set a new career-high with a 39.675 for third place.
UCLA was in control of the meet from the get-go, scoring a 49.525 on vault, the fifth highest total in school history. Willis and Dantzscher tied for first with a pair of 9.95s, and Jeanette Antolin placed third with a 9.925.
The Bruins extended the lead on the uneven bars, scoring a 49.625. Dantzscher led the Bruins with her first perfect 10 of the season on the event. Willis and Richardson added 9.925s, Yvonne Tousek earned a 9.9 to place fourth, and Antolin added a 9.875 to give UCLA a sweep of the Top 5 placings.
Balance beam brought more impressive performances. Kristin Parker started off with a 9.875. Dantzscher followed with a 9.825, and Antolin addd a 9.875. Willis delivered a nearly flawless routine, earning a career-high 9.975 and setting the stage for Richardson, who was flawless and scored her first perfect 10 and only the third 10 on beam ever by a Bruin.
On floor exercise, UCLA took aim for the 198 mark and got it after a team total of 49.475. A 9.95 from Willis and a perfect 10 from Dantzscher helped put the Bruins over the 198 threshold for only the third time in school history.
1. UCLA, 198.275
2. California, 192.950
3. Cal State Fullerton, 191.525
4. UC Davis, 189.675