UCLA Scores Impressive 197.0 In Loss To Alabama

March 16, 2002

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Competing in front of 10,077 fans in the arena that will house the 2002 NCAA Championships, the fourth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team lost in a dual meet against second-ranked Alabama at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday evening during the Tide's Senior Night. UCLA scored a 197.0 to Alabama's season-high 197.65, and junior Kristin Parker placed second in the all-around with a season-best 39.425.

The Bruins began the meet on the uneven bars, where they scored a 49.3 to Alabama's season-high 49.45 on vault. Doni Thompson led the Bruins with a 9.95 (watch the video here), and Jamie Dantzscher scored a 9.925. Meanwhile, the Tide rolled behind a perfect 10 from senior Andree Pickens and a 9.9 from sophomore Jeana Rice.

UCLA totaled a 49.325 on vault, with all six gymnasts scoring 9.8 or better. Michelle Conway led off with a career-high tying 9.825, and Onnie Willis and Jeanette Antolin each recorded a 9.9. The Tide increased its lead slightly after scoring a 49.4 on bars and took a .225 lead heading into rotation three.

In rotation three, both UCLA and Alabama scored 49.275. Yvonne Tousek led UCLA with a 9.925 performance, and Parker scored a season-high 9.875 in her first floor routine after injuring an ankle nearly two months ago.

On beam to close the meet, the Bruins hit all six routines and totaled a 49.1. Parker led all Bruins with a 9.85. Alabama ended the meet with a 49.525 on floor and had three gymnasts score 9.9 or higher.

'We had an extremely successful trip,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'We accomplished all of our goals, which was No. 1 to stay healthy, No. 2 to get more competitive experience for more of our student-athletes and No. 3 to come out with a nice high score so that we can move up in the rankings. I was extremely pleased with our performance tonight.'

Despite the loss, UCLA will move up to No. 1 in the national rankings because of the high away score. The Bruins' regional qualifying score (RQS) is now 197.08, just ahead of Alabama's 197.05.

UCLA (13-5) will next compete at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 6:00 pm at Stanford.

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