UCLA To Host Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships
March 24, 2003
This Week - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team (13-2-1) will host the Pac-10 Conference Championship in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Mar. 29 at 6:00 pm. The Bruins have won three of the last four Pac-10 titles, including the 2002 title, and a Pac-10 best 10 championships overall. Tickets to the Championships are $10 for adults and $8 for youth for reserved seats and $8 for adults and $6 for youth in the general admission section.
Rotation Order - UCLA will begin the meet on a bye before bars and will finish the meet on vault. Rotation order for the championship meet was determined by blind draw a year prior to the meet.
TV - Fox Sports Net will televise the meet on a tape-delayed basis. It will be aired locally on Fox Sports West on Friday, Apr. 4 at 12:00 pm and on Saturday, Apr. 5 at 4:00 pm. Check your local listings for other broadcast dates and times. Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke will call the action.
Live On The Web - Live scoring for the Pac-10 Championships will be provided on the UCLA web site, www.uclabruins.com. Scores will be updated after each rotation.
Pre-Meet Tailgate - Fans are encouraged to attend the pre-meet tailgate, which is sponsored by the Bruin 10.0 Club, UCLA Gymnastics' official support group. The social is free and takes place three hours prior to every home meet outside of Pauley Pavilion. The tailgate is a chance for fans to enjoy food, fun and other activities with other Bruin supporters.
Pac-10 History - With 10 Pac-10 titles (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002), UCLA has won the most conference championships. Oregon State (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996) and Stanford (1998, 2001) are the only other teams to win the title. Bruins dominate in the individual championships as well, with a conference-best 49 individual champions. The Bruins have been especially dominant in the all-around. The last six Pac-10 all-around champions have been Bruins - Onnie Willis in 2002, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000 and 2001, Heidi Moneymaker in 1999, Stella Umeh in 1998 and Leah Homma in 1997. UCLA has won nine of the last 10 all-around titles and 12 overall. UCLA gymnasts have won 13 titles on bars, 10 on floor, seven on vault and seven on beam.
Three Bruins Look To Defend Their Titles - Defending conference all-around champion Onnie Willis, two-time defending floor exercise champion Jamie Dantzscher and 2002 Pac-10 uneven bars co-champion Doni Thompson will all be back to try to defend their titles. Willis is ranked amongst the Top 20 in the all-around and all four events this year and has posted a team-best 39.8 in the all-around. Dantzscher ranks first in the nation on both bars and floor and has scored a perfect 10 on floor four times and on bars three times this season. Thompson will be making her season debut after missing most of the season with injuries. She won a share of the bars title last year with Willis and Dantzscher. Six other returning and former champions are expected to compete as well - Stanford's Caroline Fluhrer (2001 vault), Lindsay Wing (2001 and 20002 beam) and Lise Leveille (2001 and 2002 beam); Washington's Emily Pritchard (2002 vault) and Stacy Wong (2001 bars); and Arizona's Stevie Fanning (2002 beam).
The Conference Of Champions - One look at the national rankings is all that is needed to see that the Pac-10 Conference is the toughest in the nation. All seven teams in the conference are ranked in the Top 20 nationally, with UCLA No. 1, Arizona State No. 3, Stanford No. 7, Oregon State No. 11, Washington No. 15, California No. 18 and Arizona No. 20. No other conference has all of their teams ranked in the Top 20. In the individual rankings, there are eight Pac-10 gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 in the all-around (UCLA's Kate Richardson at No. 3, UCLA's Onnie Willis at No. 4, Arizona State's Maggie Germaine at No. 5, UCLA's Jeanette Antolin at No. 9, Arizona's Monica Bisordi at No. 11, Arizona State's Ashley Kelly at No. 14, Stanford's Lise Leveille at No. 17, and Oregon State's Tanya Ricioli at No. 23).
Conference Awards To Be Handed Out - Conference awards for Gymnast of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year will be handed out at the conclusion of the meet. Last season, UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher earned Gymnast of the Year honors, giving the Bruins six consecutive Gymnast of the Year awards (also Bhardwaj in 2001, Heidi Moneymaker in 2000, Kiralee Hayashi in 1999, Stella Umeh in 1998 and Leah Homma in 1997). In all, Bruins have won this award 11 times in 16 years. Also last year, Arizona's Katie Johnson and Stanford's Mandy Delgado were named Co-Freshmen of the Year, and Arizona's Bill Ryden was the Coach of the Year.
UCLA Atop National Rankings - The Bruins continue to remain atop the national rankings in all team categories. UCLA has a team RQS of 197.98 and have all but locked up the No. 1 slot heading into Regionals. UCLA is also first on vault (49.525), bars (49.5), beam (49.575) and floor (49.54). The RQS is compiled by taking the top six scores, three of which must be away scores, dropping the high and averaging the remaining five marks. Individually, five Bruins are ranked this week - Kate Richardson, who is first on beam, third in the all-around, 15th on floor, 22nd on bars and 24th on vault; Jeanette Antolin, who is first on vault, ninth in the all-around and 25th on beam; Jamie Dantzscher, who is first on bars and floor and fifth on vault; Onnie Willis, who ranks fourth in the all-around, eighth on vault, 14th on bars, 16th on beam and 18th on floor; and Yvonne Tousek, who is sixth on bars and ninth on beam.
UCLA Boasts Nations' Top Scores - UCLA has the distinction of scoring the top marks in the nation this year for team total (198.575 on Feb. 9), vault (49.7 on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16) and floor (49.725 on Feb. 2).
Last Time Out For The Bruins - Beset by injuries and illness, UCLA nonetheless scored a more than respectful 196.725 to finish in second place at the UCLA Invitational on Mar. 16. Oklahoma, which hit 24-for-24, won the meet with a 197.475. Jeanette Antolin won the all-around with a career-high tying 39.65 and placed first on vault and floor with scores of 9.975. Yvonne Tousek also scored a 9.975 to place first on bars. Several other Bruins had career performances, including freshman Holly Murdock with a collegiate-best 9.875 on beam and redshirt freshman Christie Tedmon, who posted career highs in the all-around (38.45), vault (9.65) and floor (9.85) and added a 9.85 on beam.
Win Streaks Alive For Antolin, Dantzscher - Juniors Jeanette Antolin and Jamie Dantzscher are both holding relatively long winning streaks on vault and floor, respectively. Antolin has won the vault in four consecutive meets, in seven of her last eight meets, and nine times overall this year. Dantzscher is undefeated on floor this year, winning seven times in as many meets and 18 consecutive times dating back to last season. The last time Dantzscher did not place first on floor was on Jan. 13, 2002 at Georgia. Richardson had an eight-meet win streak on beam snapped at the UCLA Invitational on Mar. 16. Richardson has nine wins in 11 meets.
Bruins Are Beaming - UCLA has been a force on the balance beam in 2003, averaging a national-best 49.35. The Bruins have won several meets this year on the balance beam in the final rotation, most recently at Michigan on Mar. 7. With UCLA up by .425 after three rotations, UCLA needed to hit beam in order to win the meet, and the Bruins did just that. Four Bruins scored 9.85 or higher, leading to a team score of 49.35 to Michigan's 49.3 on floor. At Arizona State on Feb. 16, the Bruins were clinging to a one-tenth of a point (148.675-148.575) lead with the Sun Devils moving to the floor exercise. UCLA needed just about all of the school record 49.725 it earned on beam to secure the victory. The Bruins dropped a 9.875 as its lowest score and counted a 9.9 from Alyssa Beckerman, a 9.925 in the leadoff position from Malia Jones, a pair of 9.95s from Onnie Willis and Yvonne Tousek and a 10 from Kate Richardson. Earlier in the year, the Bruins erased a .525 deficit at Cal State Fullerton and won by a .2 margin after scoring a 49.375 on beam. The Bruins are no strangers to closing out big victories on the balance beam. UCLA won its last two NCAA titles in 2000 and 2001 with killer performances in the final rotation on balance beam.
Vaulting To No. 1 - UCLA also has the nation's highest average on vault and has twice posted the nation's highest score this year, a 49.7. Four Bruins are ranked in the Top 25 in the nation on vault, including top-ranked Jeanette Antolin and defending NCAA vault champion Jamie Dantzscher. The Bruins have scored 49.175 or better in all but two meets this year.
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 28-28 with no score lower than 9.775 and 23 scores of 9.9 or higher. Willis is 37-37 and has hit 23 9.9 or higher routines. In addition, Dantzscher has hit 25 consecutive routines on bars and has scored 9.95 or higher on 19 straight floor routines. Kristin Parker has hit 38 straight vaults, and Yvonne Tousek has hit 25 consecutive beam routines.
Perfect Bruins - The Bruins have scored a school-record 16 perfect 10s this season. Jamie Dantzscher leads the pack with nine - two on vault, three on bars and four on floor. Dantzscher needs just one more 10 this year to tie her school record of 10 perfect 10s in a season, set last year. Freshman Kate Richardson has three 10.0s - two on beam and one on floor. Richardson is the first Bruin ever to score multiple 10s on the balance beam. Jeanette Antolin has earned two perfect 10s on vault in her last four meets. Also scoring perfect 10s this year are Onnie Willis on floor and Yvonne Tousek on bars.
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. Six of the eight have scored above 39.4 - Willis (high of 39.8), Dantzscher (39.775), Richardson (39.75), Antolin (39.65), Tousek (39.525) and Parker (39.45).
Bruins Become First Four-Time 198 Team - UCLA has reached the 198 plateau an unprecedented four times this season and has tied Georgia for the all-time NCAA record with six scores of 198+ in the program's history. UCLA's 198 scores this year came on Jan. 19 at the Bruin Classic (198.275), on Feb. 2 against Arkansas (198.175) , on Feb. 9 against Washington (198.575) and on Feb. 23 at Arizona State (198.4).
UCLA To Host 2004 NCAA Championships - Pauley Pavilion will play host to 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, which cost $10 for adults and $8 for youth, are selling quickly. General admission seats cost $8 for adults and $6 for youth.
UPDATED BIOGRAPHIES -
Jeanette Antolin - Number one vaulter in the nation ...Has won nine times out of 12 meets, including four consecutive and seven of her last eight ...Scored her first career perfect 10 at Stanford on Feb. 8 ...Added another 10 at Arizona State on Feb. 16 ... Has scored 9.9 or higher in 11 consecutive meets and 9.95 or higher in eight meets ... Extremely consistent on bars, scoring 9.825 or higher on all 10 routines for an average of 9.858 ...Averages 9.873 on beam with a high of 9.95 on Feb. 2 against Arkansas ...Earned a career-high 9.975 on floor on Mar. 16 at the UCLA Invite ...Competed in the all-around eight times with a season average of 39.4 and a career-high of 39.65, achieved twice ... Ranks sixth in the nation in the all-around ... Won the all-around, floor and vault titles at the UCLA Invite. Season Bests: V - 10.0, UB - 9.875, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.975, AA - 39.65.
Alyssa Beckerman - Dislocated her knee on Mar. 7 at Michigan and will be out another 2-4 weeks ...Prior to her injury, she had earned season-high scores of 9.95 on beam (1/17 at Cal State Fullerton) and 9.9 on floor (1/2 vs. Oregon State in Hawaii).Season Bests: UB - 9.2, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.9.
Jamie Dantzscher - Ranks first in the nation on bars (9.975 RQS) and floor (9.985) and ranks fifth on vault (9.945) ...Has hit all 28 routines this year with no score lower than 9.775 and 24 scores of 9.9 or better ...Averages a team-high 39.69 in all-around action and earned three consecutive scores of 39.775 to start the year (1/2, 1/10 and 1/19) ...Scored perfect 10s on vault in consecutive meets (2/9 vs. Washington and 2/16 at ASU) ...Earned three perfect 10s on bars (1/19, 2/7 and 2/16) and averages a national-best 9.956 with no scores lower than 9.9 ...Averaging 9.855 on beam with a career-high of 9.925 set in the season opener ...Scored four perfect 10s on floor (1/2, 1/19, 2/9 and 2/23) and has scored no lower than 9.95 ...Earned multiple 10s in three meets this year ... Leadsthe Bruins with 22 individual victories, including eight on bars and seven on floor ...Has placed first on floor in 18 consecutive meets ...Sat out UCLA's last meet while nursing an ankle injury ... Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Feb. 2-8. Season Bests: V - 10.0, UB - 10.0, BB - 9.925, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.775.
Malia Jones - One of UCLA's most consistent athletes on beam, averaging 9.808 and hitting her last eight routines for 9.8 or higher ...Placed first on beam with a career-high 9.95 at Stanford 2/7 ... Has earned eight Top 3 finishes, including three each on beam and floor ...Has scored 9.85 or higher on floor in her last six meets, with a career-high of 9.95 set 2/9 vs. Washington ...Averaging 9.842 on floor ...Season-bests on vault and bars are 9.7 and 9.875, respectively ...Earned a 39.2 in her only all-around appearance this year at Stanford 2/7. Season Bests: V - 9.7, UB - 9.875, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.2.
Holly Murdock - Has competed three times on beam and once on bars ...Season-best on bars is 9.775 ...Earned a collegiate-best 9.875 on beam her last time out on 3/16. Season Bests: UB - 9.775, BB - 9.875.
Trishna Patel - Has competed on vault five times, with a career-high of 9.7 set at Cal State Fullerton 1/17 ...Also earned a 9.675 at Stanford 2/7 ...Competed once on floor. Season Bests: V - 9.7, FX - 8.625.
Kristin Parker - Averaging 9.844 on vault and has hit 38 straight vaults ...Has earned four Top 3 finishes on vault and has scored a season-best 9.925 twice (1/10 and 2/16) ...On bars, averages 9.794 with a season-high of 9.825 set twice on 2/7 and 3/16 ...Scored a 9.9 in an exhibition routine on 2/23 ...Twice scored 9.9 on beam in the leadoff position ...Averages 9.89 on floor in her last five meets and has scored 9.9 or better in her last three meets ...Season average on floor is 9.79 ...All-around high score is 39.45 set 2/2 vs. Arkansas. Season Bests: V - 9.925, UB - 9.825, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.925, AA - 39.45.
Kate Richardson - Ranks third in the nation in the all-around, 24th on vault, 22nd on bars, first on beam and 15th on floor ...Leads UCLA with 37 Top 3 finishes ...Has competed a team-high 45 routines, including 11 all-around appearances ...Averages 39.493 in all-around competition ...Scored 39.5+ eight times ...Set a UCLA freshman record in the all-around with a score of 39.75 vs. Arkansas 2/2 ...Has three all-around wins on the year ...Averages 9.873 on vault with a season-high of 9.925 set twice ...Scored career-bests of 9.925 on bars three times and averages 9.794 ...Became the first Bruin gymnast ever to score multiple 10.0s on beam, earning perfect marks on 1/19 and 2/16 ...Averages 9.909 on beam and has earned a team-high nine victories ...Scored 9.925 or higher in nine of 11 beam routines ...Earned a 10.0 on floor 2/2 and averages 9.9 ...Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 26-Feb. 2. Season Bests: V - 9.925, UB - 9.925, BB - 10.0, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.75.
Christie Tedmon - Has competed in five meets with two all-around performances ...Earned a career-high 38.45 in UCLA's last meet on 3/16, scoring a pair of 9.85s on beam and floor (career high) ... Scored a career-high 9.9 on beam at Stanford and averages 9.8 for the season ...Career-high on vault is 9.65, on bars is 9.625. Season Bests: V - 9.65, UB - 9.625, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.85, AA - 38.45.
Doni Thompson - Is expected to make her season debut on bars after sitting out the entire regular season with injuries.
Yvonne Tousek - Ranked sixth in the nation on bars and ninth on beam ...Scored the first perfect 10 of her career on bars vs. Arkansas 2/2 ...Has posted seven scores of 9.9 or greater on bars ...Earned two victories this year on bars, as well as six Top 3 showings ...Also has five Top 3 finishes on beam ...Has scored no lower than 9.8 on beam this season, with career-highs of 9.95 achieved twice ...Has hit 25 consecutive beam routines ...Season-high on floor was 9.9, set in the season opener ...Earned a season-best of 9.85 on vault at Arizona State 2/16 ...All-around high was 39.525 vs. Arkansas 2/2.Season Bests: V - 9.85, UB - 10.0, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.9, AA - 39.525.
Jamie Williams - Competed on beam and floor at Cal State Fullerton 1/17 ...Scored a career-high 9.85 on beam to help UCLA come from behind in the final rotation to defeat Fullerton. Season Bests: BB - 9.85, FX - 9.275.
Onnie Willis - Has posted six scores of 39.6+ in the all-around, including a pair of 39.8s (1/19, 2/9) that are career-bests ...Hit all 37 routines this year, including 23 scores of 9.9 or higher ... Ranked fourth in the nation in the all-around, 8th on vault, 16th on bars, 14th on beam and 18th on floor ...Averages 9.9 on vault with a season-high of 9.95 set three times ...Averages 9.878 on bars and scored a career-high tying 9.975 2/9 vs. Washington ...Best average is on beam with a 9.906 ...Earned a career-high 9.975 1/19 ...Scored her sixth career 10.0 with a perfect mark on floor 2/2 ...Has scored 9.975 on two occasions ...Averages 9.889 on floor ...Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 19-25 ...Has earned nine victories - three on vault and three in the all-around, two on bars and one on floor ...Has 28 Top 3 finishes. Season Bests: V - 9.95, UB - 9.975, BB - 9.975, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.8.