UCLA Gymnasts To Face Stanford Feb. 10

Jan. 28, 2002

UCLA Hosts Stanford - The eighth-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team will host 12th-ranked Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm. The meet will be televised nationally on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. Check your listings for the times and dates of the broadcast in your area.

A Look At The Cardinal - Stanford is coached by Kristen Smyth in her first year as head coach. The Cardinal won the Pac-10 Championship a year ago by .05 over the Bruins and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. Returning from that squad are All-Americans and Pac-10 beam co-champions Lindsay Wing and Lise Leveille, as well as Pac-10 vault co-champion Caroline Fluhrer.

Canadian Olympians Reunite - Nearly half of the 2000 Canadian Olympic team will be in action next Sunday when the Bruins and Cardinal meet. UCLA's Yvonne Tousek and Michelle Conway were Olympic teammates with Stanford's Lise Leveille. The trio helped the Canadians to a ninth-place finish in Sydney.

Dantzscher's Perfect 10 Streak Extends To Four - Sophomore Jamie Dantzscher continued her streak of perfect 10s to four meets, recording her third consecutive 10 on the floor exercise at Arizona Jan. 25. Dantzscher, last week's Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week, has scored a 10 in all but the first meet of the year, earning one on vault at Georgia Jan. 13 and three in a row on floor on Jan. 18, 20 and 25. In her career, she has scored eight 10s on floor, two on bars and one on vault to set a new school record with 11 career perfect marks.

Bruins Edged By Wildcats - The Bruins were edged out by the smallest of margins last Friday, falling to Arizona by a score of 195.175-195.1. UCLA took a .025 lead headed into the final rotation and protected the lead well with a 49.3 on beam, but the Wildcats scored a 49.375 on floor to capture the victory. Once again, several alternates were forced into action after injuries to several of their teammates. Jamie Williams stepped in on floor and recorded a career-high 9.775 in front of a hometown crowd. Valerie Velasco tied her career-high on beam with a 9.85 and placed second in the all-around. Michelle Conway also stepped in on beam and recorded a career-best 9.8. Onnie Willis won the all-around with a 39.55, and Jamie Dantzscher won all of the events on which she competed - vault (9.925), bars (9.975) and floor (10).

Jones Returns From Ankle Injury - Junior All-American Malia Jones is starting to return to the lineup after missing the first three meets due to an ankle injury. Jones competed on vault, bars and beam at Arizona and placed second on beam with a career-high tying 9.875. Jones' return to the lineup could not have come at the better time. Classmate Kristin Parker sat out the Arizona meet for precautionary reasons after hitting the back of her neck on the uneven bars while dismounting during warmups. X-rays were negative, and Parker, who practiced Monday, should be ready to compete by the Bruins' next meet.

UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins enter this week ranked eighth in the national rankings, which are based on season average. UCLA ranks third on bars (49.065), fifth on beam (48.75) and 10th on floor (49.055). Onnie Willis ranks sixth in the all-around (39.356), and Jamie Dantzscher is ninth (39.312). On vault, Dantzscher is ranked first (9.95), and Willis sixth (9.887). Dantzscher also own the top spot on bars (9.919), with Willis 13th (9.865). On beam, Malia Jones is the Bruins' highest-ranked gymnast at sixth (9.875), followed by Yvonne Tousek at 10th (9.85) and Kristin Parker at 21st (9.825). And on floor, Dantzscher is the sole ranked Bruin, checking in at 19th (9.885).

Bruins Dedicate Season To Sept. 11 Victims, Heroes - The UCLA gymnastics team has dedicated its 2002 season to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bruin gymnasts created a banner that reads: 'Tribute - To the victims and those devoted to the relief effort: Your courage, strength, compassion and humanity fuel our fire and rekindle our passion for gymnastics. We dedicate our season to you and commit to take every day as a gift.' The banner was placed at Ground Zero in New York City.

Injuries Sideline Four Bruins - Senior Lindsey Dong and sophomores Kristen Maloney and Carly Raab have been unable to compete so far this season due to injuries. Dong has a stress fracture on her ankle, Maloney had surgery August to remove a rod in her shin and has not yet been cleared to compete, and Raab is out for the year after suffering an ACL injury. In addition, freshman Christie Tedmon suffered four broken metatarsals on her left foot while dismounting the balance beam in the season opener and will sit out a minimum of six to eight weeks.

Perfect Bruins - UCLA gymnasts earned 20 perfect 10s last season, including seven from Jamie Dantzscher, two each from Onnie Willis and Kristen Maloney and one from Kristin Parker. Mohini Bhardwaj, a senior last season, accounted for the other eight perfect scores. So far in 2002, Dantzscher has the only perfect 10s, earning one on vault and three on floor.

Co-Captains Named - UCLA has selected juniors Onnie Willis, Carly Raab and Doni Thompson and sophomore Jamie Dantzscher as team co-captains for 2002. Willis and Raab were co-captains in 2001.

Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field - In her 12th season as head coach of the Bruins, Valorie Kondos Field has positioned her team as the premier program in collegiate gymnastics. Not only has she consistently recruited the top talent in the world, but she has produced the results. In the past six years alone, Kondos Field has led UCLA to three NCAA titles and one runner-up finish, five Regional titles and three Pac-10 Championships. She has been voted the national coach of the year by her peers four times in the past six years.

Kondos' Korner - UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field will continue her weekly diary for UCLABruins.com. You can read her latest entry at www.uclabruins.com.

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