UCLA Wins Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship

March 29, 2003

Los Angeles, CA - Bruin freshman Kate Richardson won the all-around title, helping No. 1-ranked UCLA capture the team title at the 2003 Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion. For UCLA, which finished with a final team score of 198.175, a new Pac-10 Championship record, it marks the fourth Pac-10 title in the last five years and the team's 11th overall.

Richardson won the all-around with a career-high score of 39.825, beating out teammate Jeanette Antolin (39.700). Stanford's Lise Leveille was third with a 39.675. 2002 Pac-10 champion Onnie Willis of UCLA came in fifth with an overall score of 39.575.

With strong performances from Lise Leveille and Natalie Foley, who placed third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around, Stanford came in second with an overall score of 197.700. Arizona State finished in third with a 197.075, followed by Washington (196.750), Oregon State (196.650), Arizona (195.950) and California (195.925).

There were a total of five perfect 10s on the evening, including two each by UCLA and Oregon State. For UCLA, Richardson recorded hers on the floor, while Antolin scored hers on the vault. OSU's came from freshman Chrissy Lamun (floor) and senior Elizabeth Jillson (bars). Washington sophomore Carly Dockendorf joined Jillson with a perfect 10 on the bars.

The Bruins competed without junior All-American Jamie Dantzscher, who sat out the meet due to illness. UCLA hardly missed a beat, taking a lead after its first event and never relinquishing it. The Bruins earned a 49.575 on bars in their first rotation, counting four scores of 9.9 or higher. Willis and Antolin were high scorers for the Bruins with 9.95s. Arizona State, led by Maggie Germaine's 9.975, kept things close with a 49.525 on its first event, floor exercise.

UCLA continued its hot streak on beam, totaling a 49.475. Senior Malia Jones led things off with a 9.925, and Richardson (9.95) and Yvonne Tousek (9.925) contributed high marks as well.

On floor exercise, UCLA began to pull away from the pack, totaling a season-high tying 49.725. Antolin led off with a 9.9, Jones added a 9.925, Tousek a career-high tying 9.95, Richardson her second 10.0 of the year, and Willis scored a 9.95 to close the set. Stanford kept in the hunt by scoring a 49.5 on the balance beam after strong performances by Foley (9.925), Leveille (9.95) and three-time champion Lindsay Wing (9.975).

Leading Stanford 148.775-148.15 after three events, UCLA moved to the vault to try to wrap up its fourth Pac-10 title in five years. Freshman Holly Murdock started things off by scoring a 9.65 in her first attempt of her collegiate career. Kristin Parker followed with a 9.85. Richardson was near-perfect with a 9.975, Willis added a 9.925, and Antolin clinched the victory with her third 10 of the season, giving the Bruins a team vault score of 49.4. Stanford closed the meet by scoring a 49.55 on floor, but it wasn't enough to overtake UCLA.

In a vote by the Pac-10 coaches prior to the meet, Willis was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, and Richardson was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field and Cal coach Cari DuBois were named Co-Coaches of the Year.

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