No. 1 Bruins Travel To No. 7 Arizona State
Feb. 12, 2003
This Week - The top-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (8-1-1) will travel to the Desert this weekend to face seventh-ranked Arizona State (5-2) on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.
About The Sun Devils - Arizona State has posted some of the nation's top scores this season, earning 197+ on two occasions. The Sun Devils became just the second school in the last 23 years to win a dual meet at Utah, defeating the Utes, 197.45-197.15 on Jan. 24. UCLA accomplished the feat first on Jan. 10. Junior Maggie Germaine is ranked fifth nationally in the all-around with a 39.556 average. She is also ranked sixth on floor (9.925).
The Series With Arizona State - UCLA leads the all-time series with the Sun Devils, 32-22, and won last year's dual meet at home, 195.325-192.125. The last time the Bruins competed at Arizona State in the regular season, a Wells Fargo Arena record 2,108 fans were in attendance to see the Sun Devils pull off the upset, 196.35-196.0.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins reclaimed the No. 1 national ranking in team score with a season average of 197.109. UCLA is also first on vault (49.384) and beam (49.312), second on bars (49.269) and 10th on floor (49.144). Four UCLA athletes rank in the Top 25 in the all-around rankings - No. 1 Jamie Dantzscher (39.775 average), No. 4 Onnie Willis (39.625), No. 6 Kate Richardson (39.546) and No. 21 Jeanette Antolin (39.262). Dantzscher is tops in the nation on vault and floor, second on bars and 16th on beam. Richardson tops the nation on beam and is 13th on vault and seventh on floor. Willis is ranked in the Top 25 on all four events - No. 8 on vault and beam, No. 12 on bars and No. 22 on floor. Jeanette Antolin is ranked in the Top 20 on three events - No. 3 on vault, No. 20 on bars and No. 10 on beam. Also ranked are Yvonne Tousek on beam (No. 6) and Kristin Parker on vault (No. 21).
Bruins Break School Record, Tie National Record - UCLA had a record-setting meet on Feb. 9 against Washington, breaking the school record and tying the all-time national record with a score of 198.575. The Bruins utilized 10 scores of 9.95 or higher, including perfect 10s from Jamie Dantzscher on vault (her first of the year) and floor (her third of the year). The Bruins started the meet with a school record tying score on vault, 49.7 and posted team scores of 49.575 or higher on the other three events. Onnie Willis won the all-around with a career-high tying score of 39.8, scoring 9.9 or higher on all four events, including two 9.975s.
Third Time's A Record - For the third time this season, UCLA broke the elusive 198 point barrier. This time, however, UCLA's 198.575 tied the national collegiate record for highest team score, matching Georgia's NCAA record set at the 1998 Southeast Regionals. The Bruins have now scored 198 five times in the school's history, a total surpassed only by Georgia, who accomplished the feat six times. UCLA's three 198s in one season is a first. The Bruins' other 198 scores this year came on Jan. 19 at the Bruin Classic (198.275) and on Feb. 2 against Arkansas (198.175).
Bruins, Cardinal Tie - UCLA erased a .35 deficit heading into the final rotation and tied seventh-ranked Stanford, 197.45-197.45, on Feb. 7 in Palo Alto. The Bruins took to the balance beam on rotation four needing a big score with Stanford closing on the floor exercise. UCLA received scores of 9.9 or higher from Christie Tedmon (career-high 9.9), Malia Jones (career-high 9.95), Kate Richardson (9.95) and Yvonne Tousek (9.925) to total 49.575 as Stanford was scoring 49.225.
UCLA Boasts Nations' Top Scores - In addition to team total, UCLA also has the distinction of scoring the top marks in the nation this year on vault (49.7 on Feb. 9), beam (49.65 on Jan. 19) and floor (49.725 on Feb. 2). Individually, Onnie Willis' 39.8 score (earned twice this year) in the all-around ranks as the nation's top score.
Dantzscher Named Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week - Junior Jamie Dantzscher was selected as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 3-9 after scoring three perfect 10s and a 9.975 in four routines over the weekend. Dantzscher was instrumental in helping UCLA post a school record and national record-tying team score of 198.575 on Feb. 9 against Washington.
Antolin Earns First Career Perfect 10 - Junior Jeanette Antolin finally earned the perfect 10 that had been eluding her all season, scoring a 10.0 on vault at Stanford. Antolin has consistently been nailing her vaults in competition, scoring 9.9 or higher in her last seven meets. She leads the Bruin squad in vault victories with five.
Jones Comes Through With Career-High Scores - Senior Malia Jones enjoyed an outstanding weekend, scoring a season-high 39.2 in the all-around at Stanford and posting career-high marks on two events. Jones scored a 9.95 on beam to help the Bruins come from behind at Stanford and then earned a career-best 9.95 on floor in the home meet against Washington to help UCLA tie the NCAA team record. Jones averaged 9.8375 in six routines over the weekend and has averaged 9.85 in her last 10 routines.
Models Of Consistency - NCAA all-around champions Jamie Dantzscher (2002) and Onnie Willis (2001) have displayed this season the consistent effort that helped them capture their respective championships. The two Bruins have hit all of their routines this season. Dantzscher is 17-17 with no score lower than 9.825 and 15 scores of 9.9 or higher. Willis is 25-25 and has hit 17 9.9 or higher routines. Additionally, Dantzscher has hit 22 consecutive on bars and has scored 9.95 or higher on 16 straight floor routines. Kristin Parker has hit 34 straight vaults, and Yvonne Tousek has hit 21 consecutive beam routines.
All-Arounders All-Around - UCLA has no shortage of all-around gymnasts this season. Eight Bruins have competed all-around so far - Jamie Dantzscher, Onnie Willis, Kate Richardson, Kristin Parker, Yvonne Tousek, Jeanette Antolin, Malia Jones and Christie Tedmon.
Perfect Bruins - With four perfect 10s this past weekend, UCLA has increased its season total of perfect scores to 11. Jamie Dantzscher leads the pack with six - one on vault, two on bars and three on floor. Freshman Kate Richardson has two 10.0s - one each on beam and floor. Also scoring perfect 10s are Onnie Willis on floor, Yvonne Tousek on bars and Jeanette Antolin on vault.
Leaders Of The Pac - UCLA is tops in the rankings amongst the seven Pac-10 schools, no small feat considering the Pac-10 Conference has six teams ranked in the Top 15. Four teams are in the Top 10 - No. 1 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 Stanford and No. 9 Oregon State. Arizona ranks 13th, followed by Washington in 14th. Only Cal is ranked out of the Top 25, but they are just on the edge of the Top 25 at the No. 26 slot.
Bruins To Host Upcoming Championships - Pauley Pavilion will play host to two big championship events in the next 14 months, as UCLA will host the 2003 Pac-10 Championships on Mar. 29 and the 2004 NCAA Championships on Apr. 15-17, 2004. Tickets for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310/UCLA-WIN). Reserved seats are selling quickly.
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