UCLA Wins NCAA South Central Regional, Advances To NCAA Championships

April 6, 2002

Tempe, Ariz. - The two-time defending NCAA champion UCLA gymnastics team placed first at the NCAA South Central Regional at Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena Saturday night. UCLA totaled a 197.425 to qualify for the NCAA Championships, along with Arizona.

The Bruins began the meet on the uneven bars, where they are ranked No. 1 in the nation. Jeanette Antolin and Kristin Parker led off with a solid 9.85s. Onnie Willis' 9.9, Jamie Dantzscher's 9.95 and Doni Thompson's 9.925 gave UCLA a 49.475 score.

It was more of the same in UCLA's next rotation on balance beam, as the Bruins posted another 49.475 to tie their season-high. After Thompson led off with a 9.775, Dantzscher followed with a career-high tying 9.9. Malia Jones posted a 9.85, and Willis (9.9), Tousek (9.9) and Alyssa Beckerman (9.925) closed with consecutive scores of 9.9+.

With the Bruins leading all teams after two events with a total of 98.95, the Bruins moved to floor. Jones led off with a 9.825, and Parker nailed her set for a 9.85. In her first performance of the season on floor, Antolin recorded a 9.8. Tousek followed with a 9.825, and Willis earned a 9.9. Dantzscher finished things with a 9.95 to give UCLA a 49.35, the highest score of the evening on floor.

Holding a large lead heading into the final rotation, the Bruins were relaxed on vault, scoring a 49.125. Dantzscher and Antolin each recorded 9.9s, and Willis posted a 9.875 to lead the team in clinching first place.

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