Richardson, Dantzscher Win NCAA Individual Titles
April 26, 2003
Lincoln, NE - The UCLA gymnastics team concluded itsNCAA Championships competition with three morenational titles, as freshman Kate Richardson won thebalance beam and tied with junior Jamie Dantzscher forthe uneven bars crown at the Individual Event FinalsSaturday night at the University of Nebraska's BobDevaney Center.
Richardson, a freshman and 2000 Canadian Olympian, hada near flawless routine on the balance beam thatdisplayed unique flexibility and difficult tumbling.Richardson's score of 9.938 gave UCLA its 20thindividual national title and its fourth balance beamtitle. She added another title on the uneven bars,tying Dantzscher with a 9.9.
'Winning an individual title is icing on the cakeafter the team,' said Richardson. 'The team title wasa huge accomplishment. My goal tonight was to winbeam. Bars is a little bit of a surprise. It's justmore icing on the cake. I wanted to redeem myselfafter making a mistake on bars. Sharing it with Jamiemakes it more special.'
Dantzscher's win gives her four individual nationaltitles, tying Kim Hamilton's school record. Dantzscherhas titles in four different specialities, making heronly the third woman in NCAA history, along withKentucky's Jenny Hansen and Utah's Missy Marlowe, toaccomplish this feat.
'I was a little disappointed that I took a step on thelanding because I usually stick my dismount,' saidDantzscher about her bars performance. 'I'm happy toshare the title with my teammate.'
All of Dantzscher's individual accomplishments,however, mean little compared to the team'schampionship. 'The team title is obviously what wetrain for all year,' she said. 'The meaning of thatchampionship, I can't put into words.'
Jeanette Antolin, the No. 1 ranked vaulter in thenation, was the first competitor on the vault andearned a 9.9 on her first vault, a Yurchenko full thena 9.8625 on the second, a Yurchenko full on, pike off,for an average of 9.882, good for fifth place. OnnieWillis competed third on vault and averaged a 9.844and placed seventh. Dantzscher averaged a 9.925 with a9.95 on her Yurchenko layout full and a 9.9 on herYurchenko layout half, but finished second on vault toAlabama's Ashley Miles, who earned a 9.938, with a10.0 on her first vault.
On floor exercise, defending floor champion Dantzscherhad the misfortune of competing first but made themost of it with a dynamic routine that featured adouble layout opening pass and a high double tuckdismount along with difficult dance. She scored a9.938 and was edged out four competitors later whenNebraska's Richelle Simpson earned a 9.962 to placefirst. The win was Simpson's second individual titleof the competition. She won the all-around title onThursday, just edging out Dantzscher. Also competingon floor for the Bruins were Richardson, who tied forfifth with a 9.887, and Willis, who scored a 9.863 toplace eighth.
Juniors Yvonne Tousek, the 2001 NCAA bars champion,and Antolin tied for fourth on the uneven bars with a9.85.
UCLA has now won three individual titles in each ofthe last three years and at least two individualtitles in each of the last six years. The Bruins nowhave 22 individual titles, tying Utah for thesecond-most among all schools.
Richardson and Dantzscher are the fourth and fifthuneven bars champions for UCLA, and Richardson isUCLA's third balance beam champion in the last fiveyears. Richardson is only the third Bruin to winmultiple NCAA titles in one year, joining Kim Hamilton(1989 vault and floor) and Dantzscher (2001all-around, vault and floor).
Individual Event Finals Results
Vault 1. Ashley Miles, Alabama - 9.9375; 2. JamieDantzscher, UCLA - 9.925; 3. Chelsa Byrd, Georgia -9.906; 4. Richelle Simpson, Nebraska - 9.8875; 5.Jeanette Antolin, UCLA - 9.8815; 6. Annabeth Eberle,Utah -9.8565; 7. Onnie Willis, UCLA - 9.8435; 8. JeanaRice, Alabama - 9.8375; 9. Gina Bruce, Nebraska - 9.8;10. Brittany Smith, Georgia - 9.7125.
Bars1T. Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA - 9.9; 1T. Kate Richardson,UCLA - 9.9; 3. Veronique Leclerc, Utah - 9.863; 4T.Yvonne Tousek, UCLA - 9.85; 4T. Jeanette Antolin, UCLA- 9.85; 4T. Alexis Maday, Iowa - 9.85; 4T. Jeana Rice,Alabama - 9.85; 8. Mari Bayer, Alabama - 9.825; 9.Richelle Simpson, Nebraska - 9.812; 10. Julie Houk,Nebraska - 9.725.
Beam1. Kate Richardson, UCLA - 9.938 ; 2. RichelleSimpson, Nebraska - 9.925; 3. Jeana Rice, Alabama -9.887; 4. Courtney Bumpers, North Carolina - 9.863; 5.Becca Clauson, Michigan - 9.838; 6T. Cassie Bair,Georgia - 9.8; 6T. Kristin Sterner, Alabama - 9.8; 8.A.J. Lamb, Nebraska - 9.762; 9. Lindsay Wing, Stanford- 9.338.
Floor1. Richelle Simpson, Nebraska - 9.963; 2. JamieDantzscher, UCLA - 9.938; 3. Ashley Miles, Alabama -9.925; 4. A.J. Lamb, Nebraska - 9.912; 5T. KateRichardson, UCLA - 9.887; 5T. Calli Ryals, Michigan -9.887; 7. Chelsa Byrd, Georgia - 9.875; 8. OnnieWillis, UCLA - 9.863; 9. Melissa Vituj, Utah - 9.825.