Bruin Sophomore Onnie Willis Wins NCAA Gynmastics All-Around Title

April 19, 2001

ATHENS, GA - UCLA sophomore Onnie Willis captured UCLA's first-ever NCAA all-around title, tying for first place with Michigan freshman and 2000 U.S. Olympian Elise Ray. Both gymnasts scored a 39.525 in the first preliminary session, a number which held up through the second session.

Willis' individual scores were 9.85 on vault, 9.9 on bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.9 on floor. She earned first-team All-America honors on the bars, beam, floor and the all-around, plus second-team acclaim on the vault.

Said the Tacoma, WA, native (Wilson HS), 'I think it's amazing, and I'm very excited about tying for first. My goal was to place in the top-five in the all-around. I am very honored to be UCLA's first NCAA all-around champion.

Two Bruins, senior Mohini Bhardwaj and freshman Yvonne Tousek, and Alabama's Jeana Rice tied for third place in the all-around with a score of 39.475.

UCLA will compete as a team in Friday's Super Six in Athens, GA, when the NCAA Team Championship will be awarded. UCLA is the defending team champion.

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