UCLA Super Six and Event Final Notes
April 25, 2003
*UCLA has advanced to the Super Six Team Finals for the 11th consecutive year and remains one of only two schools (with Georgia) to compete in every Super Six since its inception in 1993.
*The Bruins will be aiming for their fourth NCAA team title (UCLA won championships in 1997, 2000 and 2001).
*UCLA begins the Super Six meet on vault, the first time the Bruins have drawn the Olympic order at Super Six since 1996. UCLA finished a close second to Alabama that season.
*Jamie Dantzscher, who was the all-around leader after the first session with a score of 39.65, saw her lead vanish in session two after Richelle Simpson of Nebraska scored a 39.675 to become Nebraska's second NCAA all-around champion. Its first, Heather Brink in 2000, also edged out a Bruin (Mohini Bhardwaj) by .025 to win her title. Bhardwaj, however, won the big award, the team championship.
*Dantzscher extended her win streak on floor to 20 meets. She scored a 9.95 on Thursday to place first in the afternoon session.
*Dantzscher has also continued her hit streak this season, hitting 36-36 routines on the year, with no score lower than 9.775 and 29 scores of 9.9 or higher. She has hit 27 consecutive routines on bars and has scored 9.95 or higher on 21 straight floor routines. Willis has gone 48 routines without a fall this year and has hit 29 9.9 or higher routines. Kristin Parker has hit 41 straight vaults, and Jeanette Antolin has hit 34-34 in her career on vault. On the flip side, Yvonne Tousek suffered a fall on beam in the prelims, her first miss in 27 straight meets.
*Onnie Willis' four All-America honors this year give her 16 in her career, a new school record (previous record was 13, held by Lena Degteva). Willis and Dantzscher both tied Heidi Moneymaker's school record for first-team All-America honors with 11.
*Dantzscher has earned All-America honors on every event she has ever competed at the NCAA Championships - vault, bars and floor in 2001, and all four events and the all-around in 2002 and 2003. She has a total of 13 All-America honors.
*UCLA earned 14 first-team All-America honors and three second-team honors this year. UCLA has now earned an all-time total of 139 first-team All-America honors and 175 honors overall. The Bruins' 17 All-America honors are the most by any school this year.
*Yvonne Tousek will have the opportunity to reclaim her NCAA uneven bars title that she won as a freshman in 2001.
*Dantzscher will have an opportunity to defend her vault and floor titles and is looking to become UCLA's first back-to-back event champion since Kim Hamilton earned three-consecutive floor titles from 1987-89. No gymnast has repeated on vault since Kim Arnold won consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998. On floor, Hamilton was the last repeat winner.
*UCLA has won at least two individual event titles in each of the past five years heading into the season.
*A UCLA gymnast has won the uneven bars title in three of the last five years, and the Bruins have a meet-high four athletes competing on bars at Saturday's event finals. UCLA has had at least four competitors on bars in each of the last three years and at least three competitors in each of the last six years.