Bruin Gymnasts Set New School Record To Win 25th Annual UCLA Invitational
March 3, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - The sixth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team set a new school record of 198.35 to win its 11th consecutive UCLA Invitational team title. Third-ranked Michigan placed second with a 196.775, followed by ninth-ranked Minnesota (196.2) and Cal State Fullerton (194.075). Bruin sophomore and 2000 U.S. Olympian Jamie Dantzscher (San Dimas, Calif./San Dimas HS) scored three perfect 10s (vault, bars and floor) and won the all-around with a career-high 39.9 (out of 40).
In all, eight perfect 10s were scored during the meet, including five on vault. UCLA's Onnie Willis and Dantzscher scored the first two. Minnesota received 10s from Carolyn Yernberg and Courtney Norman, and 2000 U.S. Olympian Elise Ray of Michigan recorded her first ever on that event. Dantzscher scored her third career 10 on bars in rotation two and then closed the meet with her seventh consecutive perfect 10 on floor. Willis also scored a 10 on floor, her first of the season and her second on floor in her career.
The Bruins controlled the meet from the start, scoring a school-record 49.7 on vault in the first rotation. Jeanette Antolin tied her career-high with a 9.95, and Yvonne Tousek followed with a 9.9, setting the table for the two perfect 10s by Willis and Dantzscher.
UCLA competed well on bars also, tallying a 49.45. Dantzscher's 10 and a pair of 9.95s from Tousek and Doni Thompson led the Bruins. On beam, the Bruins tied their season-best with a 49.475. Four gymnasts scored 9.9 or higher - Dantzscher and Alyssa Beckerman scored 9.9, and Malia Jones and Tousek tied for first-place honors with a 9.925. Jones' score was a new career-high for her. UCLA closed the meet on floor and hit a season-high 49.725. Beckerman's 9.9 and Tousek's 9.95 preceded the pair of perfect 10s from Willis and Dantzscher.
Dantzscher won her fourth consecutive all-around. Tousek placed second with a career-high 39.725. Michigan's Calli Ryals placed third with a 39.6.
UCLA's school record team total came despite the team competing twice in three days. On Friday, Mar. 1, the Bruins won a triangular meet in Seattle, Wash. with a score of 197.05.
'I had no idea we would do this well,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'We just talked about digging deep, especially for our last home meet of the season.'
The Bruins will have a week off before their last regular season competition at Alabama on Mar. 16.
Team - 1. UCLA 198.35, 2. Michigan 196.775, 3. Minnesota 196.2, 4. Cal State Fullerton 194.075
Floor - 1T. Dantzscher (UCLA), Willis (UCLA), 10, 3T. Tousek (UCLA), Calli Ryals (Michigan), 9.95
All-Around - 1. Dantzscher (UCLA), 39.9, 2. Tousek (UCLA), 39.725, 3. Ryals (Michigan), 39.6.