Pac-10 Gymnastics Awards

March 31, 2003

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UCLA'S ONNIE WILLIS NAMED GYMNAST OF THE YEAR
UCLA'S KATE RICHARDSON NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
CALIFORNIA'S HEAD COACH CARI DUBOIS & UCLA'S VALORIE KONDOS FIELD NAMED CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

WALNUT CREEK.-- UCLA senior Onnie Willis has been named Gymnast of the Year. UCLA's Kate Richardson has been named Freshman of the Year while California's Cari DuBois and UCLA's Valorie Kondos Field have been named Pacific-10 Conference Co-Coaches of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Willis, a three time All-American from Tacoma, WA has had a wonderful senior season. She is ranked No. 2 in the region in the all-around with an RQS of 39.600. She is also ranked in the Top 10 regionally in all four events, including No. 3 on vault (9.935 RQS), No. 3 on bars (9.920 RQS), No. 6 on beam (9.910 RQS) and No. 4 on floor (9.925 RQS). Twice this season she has earned a national season-best and career-high all-around score of 39.800. Willis has hit all 33 routines she has competed in this season with 22 scores of 9.900 or higher. For her efforts, Willis earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 19-25. Willis becomes the 12th Bruin in school history to be honored as Gymnast of the Year.

Richardson, the standout freshman from Coquitlam, BC quickly made an impact for the No. 1 Bruins this season. She is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the all-around with an RQS of 39.640. She is also ranked in the Top 25 on all four events, including No. 1 on beam with an RQS of 9.970. At the Conference championships she stole the show by winning the floor (10.000) and all around (39.825). Richardson is the first Bruin ever to score multiple 10's on the balance beam (she has scored two 10s on beam, and two on floor). She also earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 26-February 2. Richardson becomes the second Bruin in school history to be honored as Freshman of the Year.

DuBois managed to achieve the second largest turnaround in the program's history, leading the 2003 Bears to a 12-5 regular season finish, after last year's 5-9 mark. Under her tutelage, several individuals achieved personal best scores, while eight of the squad's 11 gymnasts recorded Top 5 all-time marks in their respective events. As a team, the Bears achieved their place in history, recording the Top 4 highest team scores of all-time in the all-around, capped off by a 196.800 in an upset victory over Pac-10 rival Arizona (3/7). DuBois becomes the second coach in school history to earn Co-Coach of the Year honors.

Kondos Field has positioned her Bruins as the premier program in collegiate gymnastics. With three NCAA titles in the last six years, her Bruins are favored to win a fourth in the 2003 season. This season she has led her team to a No. 1 ranking in in all but one week of the season. The Bruins finish 13-2-1 and captured their fourth Conference championship in the last five years. Kondos Field earns this award for the third time in her career and the fifth time in school history.

The Conference awards are voted on by the Pacific-10 head coaches.

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