No. 10 UCLA Hosts No. 19 Oregon State
Feb. 19, 2002
UCLA Hosts Oregon State - The 10th-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (9-4) will host 19th-ranked Oregon State (4-3-1) on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 pm in Pauley Pavilion. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for youth. UCLA students are free with ID. Tickets can be purchased at UCLA's Central Ticket Office (310/UCLA-WIN or online at www.tickets.ucla.edu).
Live Scoring - Fans not in attendance can view live scoring for the Bruin home meets on UCLA's official athletic website, www.uclabruins.com.
A Look At The Beavers - Oregon State ranks 19th nationally and is coming off a season-best score of 196.475, set in an upset victory over 11th-ranked Arizona last Friday. The Beavers will compete at Fullerton on Friday before meeting the Bruins. Junior Annie Campbell has scored 39.425 or better in the all-around in her last two meets. Oregon State is coached by former Bruin All-American Tanya (Service) Chaplin. Assistant coach Michael Chaplin was a former Bruin All-American for the men's gymnastics team.
Perfect 10s Keep Coming For Dantzscher - Sophomore Jamie Dantzscher extended her streak of perfect 10s to six consecutive meets, recording her fifth-straight 10 on the floor exercise at Cal Feb. 17. Dantzscher, a 2000 U.S. Olympian, has scored a 10 in all but the first meet of the year, earning one on vault at Georgia Jan. 13 and five in a row on floor on Jan. 18, Jan. 20, Jan. 25, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. In her career, she has scored 10 perfect 10s on floor, two on bars and one on vault to set a new school record with 13 career perfect marks. Dantzscher's consecutive 10 streak on floor is believed to be an NCAA record.
Williams Continues Breakthrough Season - Jamie Williams' breakthrough season keeps getting better and better. The sophomore walk-on from Tucson, Ariz. continues to show her improvement week after week, this time setting three new career highs while helping the Bruins place first at the University of California Invitational. Williams scored a 9.525 on vault for 11th place, a 9.8 on beam for third place and a 9.825 on floor for sixth place. Her third-place finish on beam marked the first time in her career she has placed in the Top 3 in any event.
Antolin Rejoins Team - Sophomore Jeanette Antolin, a member of UCLA's 2001 NCAA Championship team and a five-time U.S. National Team member, rejoined the Bruin squad last week and competed for the first time this season at Cal. In her first meet back, Antolin placed second on vault with a 9.7. Last year, she competed mostly on vault, averaging a 9.798. Her season-best marks were 9.9 on vault, 9.85 on bars and beam and 9.925 on floor.
Bruins Place First At University of California Invitational - The Bruins received career-best performances from several athletes and finished first at the University of California Invitational with a score of 194.825. Amongst the career-high scorers were Jamie Williams on vault, beam and floor, Doni Thompson on bars (9.975), Valerie Velasco on bars (9.825), Alyssa Beckerman on floor (9.875) and Michelle Conway on bars (9.675) and beam (9.9). Malia Jones also set season-highs on vault (9.675), bars (9.875) and floor (9.9). The Bruins were competing without All-Americans Onnie Willis and Kristin Parker due to ankle injuries. Both are expected back this week.
Number Crunching - Onnie Willis has hit 17 straight routines and has scored 9.85 or higher on nine in a row ... She has been most consistent on bars, the event on which she was the NCAA runner-up a year ago, hitting 22 straight bar routines (since Feb. 20, 2000) without a miss for an average of 9.87 ... Yvonne Tousek has averaged a 9.875 on her last eight beam routines, dating back to last season ... UCLA's most consistent beam performer in the past two-plus years has been Kristin Parker, who has competed 14 straight beam routines (since Mar. 18, 2000) without a miss for an average of 9.825 ... Parker has also hit 18 consecutive vaults for an average of 9.869 ... In addition to her mastery on floor, Jamie Dantzscher has also scored big on bars, recording a 9.975 in five of six meets this year.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins enter this week ranked 10th in the national rankings with an average of 195.354. UCLA ranks second on bars (49.2), sixth on beam (48.736) and 10th on floor (49.1). Jamie Dantzscher ranks third in the all-around (39.425), while Onnie Willis remains fifth with an average of 39.395. On vault, Dantzscher is ranked third (9.935), and Willis seventh (9.890). Dantzscher owns the top spot on bars (9.937), with Willis eighth (9.871) and Doni Thompson 14th (9.857). On beam, Yvonne Tousek is the Bruins' highest-ranked gymnast at seventh (9.85), and Kristin Parker is tied for 18th (9.825). And on floor, Dantzscher moved up to fifth (9.918), while Alyssa Beckerman checks in at 25th (9.875).
Injuries Sideline Several Bruins - Sophomores Kristen Maloney and Carly Raab have been unable to compete so far this season due to injuries. 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.
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. 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.