UCLA Gymnasts Defeat Michigan, 198.325-195.725
March 7, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - In the last regular season home meet of their careers, the UCLA senior class shined as the Bruins easily defeated Michigan, 198.325-195.725. Seniors Jeanette Antolin and Kristen Maloney went 1-2 in the all-around, Antolin and Yvonne Tousek scored perfect 10s, Christy Erickson tied her career high on floor exercise in her final routine, and Jamie Dantzscher recorded a season-high on floor to close the meet.
Bruin senior Trishna Patel started the meet on a high note, hitting her Yurchenko layout vault for a score of 9.575. Freshman Ashley Peckett scored a career-high 9.95, and Antolin vaulted her fourth consecutive perfect 10 to lead UCLA to a team total of 49.5, .35 ahead of Michigan, which scored 49.15 on bars, thanks in large part to Elise Ray's 9.95.
Peckett set another career-best mark on uneven bars in rotation two, hitting a strong 9.925. Maloney earned a 10.0 from one judge but had to settle for a 9.95. Tousek followed Maloney and gave the judges nothing to deduct, which led to her first 10 of the season and the second 10 in her career. The Bruins increased their lead by scoring a 49.65 on bars, for a two-event total of 99.15. Michigan, meanwhile, struggled on vault, scoring a 48.475. Ray and Jenny Deiley led the Wolverines with scores of 9.85.
The Bruins scored a 49.475 on balance beam in rotation three, led by first-place 9.95 scores from Maloney and Kate Richardson. Antolin offered a 9.9, and Tousek a 9.875. Michigan had a few out of bounds problems on floor and scored a 48.825. Becca Clauson was the Wolverines' high scorer, earning a 9.9.
With almost a two point lead heading into the final rotation, the Bruins entertained the crowd with a team score of 49.7. Erickson started the set with a career-high tying 9.675. Peckett added a 9.85, Maloney a season-high 9.95 and Richardson a 9.925. The Bruins' final two senior competitors, Antolin and Dantzscher, closed the meet with a bang. Antolin scored her second 10 of the meet and her second 10 on floor this year. Dantzscher unveiled her new floor routine that earned a season-best 9.975. The Wolverines ended their meet strong by scoring a 49.275 on beam. Ray led the team with a 9.95 that tied fellow Olympians Maloney and Richardson for first place.
Antolin won her seventh all-around title of the season and her fifth consecutive with a score of 39.775. Maloney placed second with a career-high 39.75. Richardson was third with a 39.675.