No. 3 UCLA Gymnasts Set School Record In Win Over No. 13 Washington

Feb. 9, 2003

Los Angeles, CA - The third-ranked UCLA gymnastics team set a new standard of excellence in a dual meet victory over Washington on Sunday afternoon, scoring a new school record of 198.575. The Bruins' score tied for the highest mark ever recorded by an NCAA team, matching Georgia's score set at the 1998 NCAA Southeast Regionals.

UCLA utilized 10 scores of 9.95 or higher to achieve the mark, with junior Jamie Dantzscher (San Dimas, CA) scoring perfect 10s on vault and floor and a 9.975 on bars. Senior Onnie Willis (Tacoma, WA) won the all-around with a career-best tying 39.8 (9.95 on vault, 9.975 on bars and floor and 9.9 on beam), while freshman Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) was second with a 39.625.

The Bruins got the meet started with a bang, tying the school record on vault with a 49.7. Senior Kristin Parker opened the meet with a stuck landing on a handspring pike front half, scoring a 9.875. Richardson added a 9.925, followed by 9.95s from Jeanette Antolin and Willis, and Dantzscher earned her first 10.0 on vault this year.

On bars, UCLA got six strong routines to score a 49.575. Willis and Dantzscher led the way with scores of 9.975, with Willis' mark tying her career high.

The Bruins displayed their prowess on the balance beam, earning a 49.625, their fourth 49.5+ score in the last five meets. Antolin, Willis, Richardson and Yvonne Tousek closed the rotation out with consecutive scores of 9.9 or higher. Antolin scored a 9.925, Willis a 9.9, Richardson a 9.975 and Tousek a career-high tying 9.95.

On pace to break the old school record of 198.35, UCLA did that and more on the floor exercise, scoring 49.675. Malia Jones set a new career high with a 9.95, Willis added a 9.975, and Dantzscher closed the meet with her third 10 on floor and her sixth 10 overall this season. Dantzscher now has 23 perfect 10s in her career.

Washington compiled its best scores on vault and floor. The nation's top-ranked team on vault scored a 49.1, led by high scorers Kelly McDonald and Stacy Wong (9.85s). On floor, Emily Pritchard's 9.9 led the team to a team total of 49.15. Pritchard finished in third place in the all-around with a 39.325, and Carly Dockendorf was fourth with a 39.075 in her first all-around showing of the year.

UCLA will next face Pac-10 Conference rival Arizona State on the road on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 pm MT.

Results:

TEAM: 1. UCLA 198.575; 2. Washington, 194.8

ALL-AROUND: 1. Onnie Willis (UCLA), 39.8*; 2. Kate Richardson (UCLA), 39.625; 3. Emily Pritchard (UW), 39.325

VAULT: 1. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), 10.0*; 2T. Willis (UCLA), 9.95; 2T. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA), 9.95

BARS: 1T. Willis (UCLA), 9.975*, 1T. Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.975; 3T. Carly Dockendorf (UW), 9.9; 3T. Emily Pritchard (UW), 9.9; 3T. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA), 9.9

BEAM: 1. Richardson (UCLA), 9.975; 2. Tousek (UCLA), 9.95*; 3. Antolin (UCLA), 9.925

FLOOR: 1. Dantzscher (UCLA), 10.0*; 2. Willis (UCLA), 9.975; 3. Malia Jones (UCLA), 9.95*

* - career-high, - school record

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