UCLA Wins 10th Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship
March 23, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team captured its 10th Pac-10 team title, scoring a 197.625 to place first at the conference championships at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus. Junior Onnie Willis won the all-around with a 39.625, and sophomore Jamie Dantzscher was selected as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year.
The Bruins began the meet on the vault, where they scored a 49.275. Willis led the Bruins with a 9.95, and Jeanette Antolin contributed a 9.9.
UCLA was superb on the uneven bars, posting a season-high 49.65 to hold a two-event total of 98.925. After Malia Jones led off with a 9.8, and Kristin Parker followed with a 9.875, the Bruins received four consecutive scores of 9.925 or higher. Willis, Dantzscher and Doni Thompson each scored 9.95, which was good for first-place, and Antolin, filling in for an ill Yvonne Tousek, recorded a career-high 9.925.
Moving on to beam, Thompson led off with a season-best 9.875, Dantzscher (9.8), Jones (9.775), Willis (9.8), Parker (9.8) followed with solid scores. Anchor Alyssa Beckerman closed the set with a meet-high 9.9.
Needing a 48.975 on floor to overtake Arizona, who posted a final score of 197.05, the Bruins got off to a good start, as freshman Michelle Conway opened with a career-high 9.85. Jones added a 9.825, Parker scored a season-best 9.925. Beckerman recorded a 9.875, and Willis clinched the team title for the Bruins with a 9.925. Dantzscher put the icing on the cake with a first-place score of 9.95, giving UCLA a 49.525 on floor and a team total of 197.625.
UCLA (19-5) will next compete at the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, Apr. 6. Meet location will be announced on Monday, Mar. 25.
Team: 1. UCLA, 197.625, 2. Arizona, 197.05, 3. Stanford, 196.15, 4. Oregon State, 196.125, 5. Washington, 195.425, 6. Arizona State, 194.125, 7. California, 189.7.
Vault: 1. Emily Pritchard (UW), 9.975
Bars: 1T. Dantzscher, 9.95, 1T. Doni Thompson, 9.95, 1T. Willis, 9.95.
Beam: 1T. Beckerman (UCLA), Lindsay Wing (STAN), Lise Leveille (STAN), Stevie Fanning (ARIZ), 9.9
Floor: 1T. Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.95, 1T. Randi Liljenquist (ARIZ), 9.95.
Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year: Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA
Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year: Katie Johnson, Arizona, Mandy Delgado, Stanford
Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Bill Ryden, Arizona