UCLA Gymnasts Back Up To No. 1 In National Rankings

Feb. 10, 2003

The UCLA women's gymnastics team reclaimed the No. 1 national ranking after posting the highest team score ever in a collegiate competition, 198.575, on Sunday against Washington. The Bruins' season average of 197.109 leads the nation, and they are the only team to score over 198 points this season, having posted three 198+ scores.

Utah, whom the Bruins defeated in January to snap the longest home court winning streak in NCAA history, is second in the rankings with an average of 196.985. Alabama is third with a 196.97 average, followed by Georgia (196.9) and Nebraska (196.757).

The Bruins also moved up to No. 1 in the nation on vault with a 49.384 average that was boosted by a school-record tying 49.7 team score on Sunday. UCLA also maintained its No. 1 position on the balance beam with a 49.312 average and its No. 2 standing on the uneven bars (49.269).

In the individual rankings, defending NCAA all-around champion and 2000 U.S. Olympian Jamie Dantzscher (San Dimas, CA) tops the national rankings in the all-around with a 39.775 average. The Bruin junior also ranks first on vault (9.956 average) and floor exercise (9.994), second on the uneven bars (9.962) and 16th on the balance beam (9.875). This past weekend, Dantzscher scored three perfect 10s on four routines, reaching perfection on vault and floor on Sunday and on bars on Friday at Stanford. Her fourth routine merited a 9.975 on the uneven bars on Sunday.

Freshman Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) is the nation's top-ranked performer on the balance beam, averaging 9.954. She also ranks sixth in the all-around (39.546), seventh on floor (9.918) and 13th on vault (9.889).

Senior Onnie Willis (Tacoma, WA) is ranked in all four events and the all-around. Willis is fourth in the all-around with a 39.625 average. Her all-around total of 39.8 on Sunday is the nation's highest all-around score this year. She is also eighth on vault (9.911) and beam (9.910), 12th on bars (9.886) and 22nd on floor (9.892).

Junior Jeanette Antolin (Huntington Beach, CA) ranks on three events and the all-around. She shot up to third on vault (9.934) after earning her first career perfect 10 on Friday at Stanford. She is also 10th on beam (9.896), 20th on bars (9.862) and 21st in the all-around (39.262).

Also featured in the rankings are junior and two-time Canadian Olympian Yvonne Tousek (Cambridge, Ontario), who is sixth on beam (9.921), and senior Kristin Parker (Hanford, CA), who ranks 21st on vault (9.859).

UCLA's next competition is on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Arizona State.

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