Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics...The Year in Review
May 14, 2002
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
This Year in Women's Gymnastics
At the Pac-10 Championships, STANFORD, looked to defend its 2001 Conference crown. UCLA entered the meet ranked first in the nation after setting a Pac-10 record of 198.350 on March 3rd and the Bruins hoped to take home the crown. Their mission proved successful with help from JR Onnie Willis and SO Jamie Dantzscher who finished in first- and second-place in all-around scoring, as the Bruins topped the field with 197.625 points. ARIZONA, completing a premier season, was a strong force at the meet. The Wildcats finished in second-place with a school record 197.050 points. Host Stanford scored 196.150 points to earn third place.
Six Pac-10 institutions were invited to an NCAA regional meet. ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, and WASHINGTON each earned invitations. ARIZONA, STANFORD, OREGON STATE and UCLA advanced to the 2002 NCAA Championships at the University of Alabama...UCLA and Stanford represented the Pac-10 in the Super-Six competition. Host school, University of Alabama, claimed the NCAA title and defending champion UCLA would finish in third-place overall. A mere 0.0325 points prevented UCLA's quest of winning three consecutive NCAA titles. Alabama edged out Georgia, 197.575 to 197.250 and UCLA (197.150). The Stanford Cardinal finished the competition in sixth place. Arizona and Oregon State captured 11th-and 12th-place respectively.
In the NCAA event finals, eight Conference gymnasts qualified to compete. Dantzscher earned three NCAA individual crowns (floor, vault, all-around) and two other gymnasts finished in the top three; Doni Thompson (UCLA- 2nd, uneven bars) and Onnie Willis ( UCLA-3rd, uneven bars).
In addition, nine Pac-10 gymnasts were named All-America.
Dantzscher was awarded the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and earned national acclaim by winning the NCAA all-around title and setting an NCAA national record by scoring seven consecutive 10s on the floor excercise. Dantzscher has the UCLA and Pac-10 record of 17 career 10s. Other Pac-10 accolades were awarded to Co-Freshmen of the Year, ARIZONA'S Monica Bisordi and STANFORD'S Mandy Delgado. Coach of the Year, ARIZONA'S Bill Ryden, led the Wildcats to their first NCAA appearance in five years.
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