No. 14 Oklahoma Wins UCLA Invitational
March 16, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - Fourteenth-ranked Oklahoma upset top-ranked UCLA to claim the team title at the UCLA Invitational in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners, who scored 197.475, hit 24-for-24 routines and had no scores lower than 9.775. UCLA finished in second place with a 196.725, followed by North Carolina (193.75) and Rhode Island (189.825).
UCLA scored admirably well after battling a slew of injuries. Senior Onnie Willis and junior Jamie Dantzscher, winners of the last two NCAA all-around titles, sat out the meet with ankle injuries. Senior All-American Doni Thompson was set to compete on bars for the first time this season but suffered an injury during warm-ups. Also sitting out was junior All-American Alyssa Beckerman, who dislocated her knee last week at Michigan.
Their teammates picked up the slack with some career-best numbers. Junior Jeanette Antolin claimed the all-around title with a career-high tying 39.65. She also won the vault and floor with scores of 9.975, her floor scoring being a career high. Junior Yvonne Tousek also scored a 9.975 on the bars to place first. She and teammate Kate Richardson tied for second place in the all-around with scores of 39.225. Redshirt freshman Christie Tedmon posted career-highs in the all-around (38.45, fifth place), vault (9.65) and floor (9.85) and also added a 9.85 on beam. Freshman Holly Murdock competed for the first time since January 24 and scored a career-high 9.875 on beam.
Oklahoma established the lead from the get-go and never wavered. The Sooners started the meet by scoring 49.375 on floor, with Christy Gerard posting a 9.925. On vault, they added a 49.25 with a pair of 9.925s from Gerard and Nicole Gause. Oklahoma had three 9.9+ scores on bars, led by Kasie Tamayo's 9.95, to earn a 49.425, and the Sooners closed out the victory by posting a 49.425 on beam with six 9.825+ scores, including Allison Landis' meet-winning 9.925.
After scoring 48.925 on vault and counting a fall on bars, UCLA came on strong in the final half of the meet, earning a 49.375 on beam, led by 9.9s from Tousek and Malia Jones. And on floor exercise, the Bruins scored a meet-high 49.625 after scores of 9.925 or better from Jones and Kristin Parker (9.925 each), Richardson (9.95) and Antolin (9.975).
North Carolina was led by Anna Wilson, who scored a 38.6 in the all-around to place fourth. Wilson also tied for second on floor exercise with a 9.95. Courtney Bumpers tied for fourth on vault with a 9.9. Marissa Medal and Brooke Hamilton had Rhode Island's high scores of the competition, a 9.775 on bars and floor, respectively.
Oklahoma becomes the first team in 34 tries to beat UCLA at home. The Bruins had not lost a home meet since dropping a dual meet to Georgia in 1999.