Gymnastics Announces 2003 Team Awards
June 7, 2003
The UCLA women's gymnastics NCAA championship squad handed out its 2003 team awards Saturday afternoon at the annual year-end banquet. Junior Jeanette Antolin and senior Onnie Willis earned top honors as the Team MVP and Jill Andrews Award winners, respectively.
Team MVP Antolin had a breakthrough season in 2003, earning first-team All-America honors on vault and uneven bars, being selected the West Region Gymnast of the Year and winning the Pac-10 vault title. She competed in all 16 meets for the Bruins and posted career-highs on all events - 10.0 on vault, 9.95 on bars and beam, 9.975 on floor and 39.7 in the all-around. She was ranked No. 1 in the nation on vault at the end of the regular season and scored a perfect 10 three times.
Willis won the Jill Andrews Award for integrity in all facets of life for the second time in her career. Willis has been the epitome of the student-athlete during her four-year career. This season she won the Honda Award as the nation's top female gymnast and also earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and numerous other academic awards. Willis was also the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and earned four All-America honors this year to bring her career total to a school-record 16.
Kate Richardson was selected the Freshman of the Year. Richardson competed in all 16 meets for the Bruins and captured the NCAA uneven bars and balance beam titles, as well as the Pac-10 all-around and floor championships. She earned All-America status in the all-around with a third-place finish, as well as on bars, beam and floor.
Redshirt freshman Christie Tedmon earned Most Improved honors after coming back from an injury suffered the first meet of last season. Tedmon competed in the all-around once this season and earned season-high scores of 9.9 on beam and 9.85 on floor. She averaged 9.8 on the season on beam.
Two Bruins were awarded the Golden Paw clutch award - freshman Holly Murdock for competing on vault and having her score count at Pac-10s after learning a new Yurchenko vault just two weeks prior, and Onnie Willis for her lead-off beam performance at the NCAA Championships.
Also honored were undergraduate assistant coach Carly Raab, who received the 'Shining Star' award; Bruin All-Americans Jeanette Antolin, Jamie Dantzscher, Kristin Parker, Kate Richardson, Yvonne Tousek and Onnie Willis; NCAA champions Dantzscher and Richardson; 10.0 scorers Antolin, Dantzscher, Richardson and Willis; Honda Award winner Willis; and 13 honor roll team members.