Jamie Dantzscher Nominated For Honda Award

April 23, 2002

NCAA all-around, vault and floor champion Jamie Dantzscher (San Dimas, CA/San Dimas HS) was selected as one of four nominees for the 2001-02 Honda Award for gymnastics.

Dantzscher became the first Bruin ever and the first gymnast in seven years to win three NCAA championships in one season, capturing the all-around (39.675), vault (9.9563) and floor (9.95) titles last weekend in Tuscaloosa, AL. She also placed fifth on bars and 13th on beam. Dantzscher earned the maximum five first-team All-America honors this season, giving her a total of eight All-America awards in her two-year career.

Dantzscher had a record-breaking season in 2002. She set a national record with seven consecutive perfect 10s on the floor exercise and scored a UCLA single-season record 10 perfect 10s overall. She has posted a UCLA-record 17 perfect 10s in her career. In addition, on March 3, Dantzscher earned an all-around score of 39.9, the fourth-highest score in NCAA history. At that meet, she recorded three perfect 10s, becoming only the third gymnast ever to score three 10s in a single meet.

The 2000 U.S. Olympian and Bruin team co-captain was honored as the West Region and Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. At the Pac-10 Championships, she placed second in the all-around and won the uneven bars and floor exercise titles. She nearly swept the NCAA South Central Regional meet, capturing the all-around, vault, bars and floor titles. In addition, she earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

Other nominees for the 2001-02 Honda Award are MaryAnne Kelley from Minnesota, Theresa Kulikowski from Utah and Andree' Pickens from Alabama. The winner will be announced on April 29.

The Honda Award annually recognizes the top female college athlete in each of 11 sports. The Honda Awards winners are then candidates for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which recognizes the outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. UCLA has had three Honda Award recipients for gymnastics - Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000-01, Jill Andrews in 1989-90 and Sharon Shapiro in 1980-81 - and 22 Honda Award winners overall.

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