UCLA Gymnasts Move Up To Third In National Rankings

March 4, 2002

The UCLA women's gymnastics team moved up to third in the national rankings with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 196.810. Georgia is No. 1 with a RQS of 196.925. Alabama is second with a 196.815. Rounding out the Top 5 is No. 4 Michigan (196.655) and No. 5 Utah (196.625).

The Bruins boosted their RQS with a school and Pac-10 record 198.35 on Sunday afternoon at the UCLA Invitational. The score was the highest by any team in the nation this year and was also a Pauley Pavilion record. UCLA also posted a season-high road score of 197.05 at Washington on Friday night.

UCLA remains the nation's top-ranked team on the uneven bars (49.420) and has moved up to second on beam (49.290), third on vault (49.205) and seventh on floor (49.265).

In the individual rankings, sophomore All-American Jamie Dantzscher (San Dimas, CA) tops the national rankings on floor for the second consecutive week with an amazing RQS of 10.0. It is the first RQS of 10.0 on any event since a pair of Georgia gymnasts, Leah Brown and Kim Arnold, ended the 1997 regular season with an RQS of 10.0 on vault. Dantzscher has scored a national-record seven consecutive perfect 10s on floor. The 2000 U.S. Olympian is also ranked No. 1 nationally on bars (9.975), No. 2 on vault (9.945) and No. 17 on beam (9.865).

Defending NCAA all-around co-champion Onnie Willis (Tacoma, WA) is UCLA's only ranked all-around performer, checking in at No. 9 (39.360). Willis also ranks fifth on vault (9.905) and 18th on bars (9.870).

Defending NCAA uneven bars champion Yvonne Tousek (Cambridge, Ontario) ranks third on that event with a 9.925. She is also ranked 14th on beam (9.875).

Sophomore Alyssa Beckerman (Middletown, NJ) is UCLA's highest-ranked balance beam worker at No. 8 (9.895), and junior Doni Thompson (Olympia, WA) ranks 10th on bars (9.895).

The regional qualifying score is determined by taking the top six scores of the season, at least three of which must be away, throwing out the high and averaging the remaining five.

UCLA's next competition is on Saturday, Mar. 16 at Alabama.

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