UCLA Wins NCAA South Central Regional, Advances To NCAA Championships
April 12, 2003
Columbia, Mo. - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics teamplaced first at the NCAA South Central Regional at theUniversity of Missouri's Hearnes Center Saturday nightin front of 2,194 fans. UCLA totaled a 197.7 toqualify for the NCAA Championships, along with Iowa,which overtook Oregon State in the final rotation forsecond place, .025 ahead of the Beavers.
The Bruins started the meet incredibly strong, earninga 49.575 on the floor exercise. UCLA was impressivefrom start to finish. Junior Jeanette Antolin receivedan impressive leadoff score of 9.9 on a routine thatfeatured a whip to immediate double pike opening pass,a 2.5 twist-immediate punch front, and a double pikedismount. Senior Kristin Parker added a 9.9 of herown, tumbling an Arabian double front mount and adouble pike dismount. Senior Malia Jones and freshmanKate Richardson followed with a 9.85 and 9.8,respectively. Senior Onnie Willis continued to providestrong marks, earning a 9.925 for her high-poweredroutine. Junior Jamie Dantzscher, in her first meet inover a month, showed no signs of rust, recording herschool-record tying 10th perfect 10 this year and 27thof her career. She also improved her unbeaten streakon floor to 19 consecutive meets.
On vault in the next rotation, the Bruins scored a49.15, the highest vault total of the evening.Richardson and Dantzscher led the Bruins with scoresof 9.875. Willis added a 9.85, and Antolin contributeda 9.825.
Leading all teams after two events with a total of98.725, a little under one point ahead of second-placeOregon State, the Bruins moved to the uneven bars.Parker led off with a 9.85 and was followed by Willis'9.875. Antolin posted a 9.925, Tousek added a 9.9, andDantzscher closed with a 9.95, to give the Bruins afinal team total of 49.5 and a three-event score of148.225.
Holding a comfortable lead heading into the finalrotation, the Bruins moved to the balance beam toclose the competition. UCLA needed to score just 47.65to finish in the Top 2 and proceeded to total a 49.5.Antolin once again led off the rotation with a 9.9.Dantzscher followed with a career-high tying 9.925.Jones and Willis scored 9.875 and 9.85, respectively,Richardson also scored a 9.925, and Tousek closed theBruins' meet with a 9.85.
At the conclusion of the meet, Antolin was announcedas the West Region Gymnast of the Year.
Final Team Standings (Top 2 teams advance to NCAAChampionships)
1. UCLA, 197.725; 2. Iowa, 195.875; 3. Oregon State,195.85; 4. Arizona, 195.45; 5. Missouri, 194.825; 6.UIC, 193.2
Vault - Alisha Robinson, MU (9.9)
Bars - Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA (9.95)
Beam - Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA; Kate Richardson, UCLA(9.925)
Floor - Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA (10.0)
All-Around - Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA (39.75)