UCLA Gymnasts Remain At No. 1 In Latest Rankings

Jan. 29, 2001

The UCLA women's gymnastics team remained atop the national rankings this week with a season average of 196.825, more than five-tenths of a point higher than No. 2 Alabama.

The Bruins, who have a break in competition until Feb. 11, are ranked first on bars (49.412 average) and floor (49.479), second on beam (48.929) and third on vault (49.004).

In the individual rankings, senior Mohini Bhardwaj holds onto the No. 1 ranking in the all-around with a 39.642 average. She is also tops on floor (10.0), third on vault (9.881) and sixth on bars (9.906).

UCLA has three athletes ranked in the Top 10 in the all-around - Bhardwaj at No. 1, sophomore Kristin Parker at No. 8 (39.267) and freshman Kristen Maloney at No. 9. In addition, Malia Jones is ranked 14th (39.131), and Jeanette Antolin is tied for 22nd (39.05).

A true testament to UCLA's depth can be seen in the uneven bars and floor exercise rankings. On bars, an amazing seven athletes are ranked (only six compete in a meet). Freshman Jamie Dantzscher tops the national rankings with a 9.969 average. Yvonne Tousek is fifth (9.908), followed by Bhardwaj at No. 6, Onnie Willis at No. 15 (9.875), Doni Thompson at No. 19 (9.871), Parker at No. 23 (9.86) and Maloney at No. 25 (9.856). On floor, six are ranked, including the nation's top three performers. Bhardwaj ranks No. 1, Maloney No. 2 (9.937) and Tousek No. 3 (9.925). Dantzscher is close behind at No. 6 (9.919). Parker ranks 16th with a 9.883 average, and Antolin is tied for 19th with a 9.875 average.

Parker is UCLA's lone representative on beam, where she ranks eighth (9.858). Bhardwaj (3rd) and Maloney (23rd, 9.817 average) are ranked on vault.

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