No. 1 UCLA Returns To Southern California For Pair Of Meets

Jan. 13, 2003

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This Week - The top-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team returns home to Southern California for a pair of meets over the weekend. First, the Bruins will travel to Fullerton to face 19th-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Jan. 17 in Titan Gym at 7:00 pm. The Titans are led by Kelly Mathiasen, an all-around qualifier at the NCAA Championships a year ago.

Home Opener - UCLA will then kick off the 2003 home schedule on Sunday, Jan. 19 with the Bruin Classic against California, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis in Pauley Pavilion at 2:00 pm. UCLA is the only team to win the Classic in the meet's five-year history.

Live On The Web - Bruin fans not in attendance for either meet this weekend can follow the competition through live stats on the web page. Scores will be updated periodically throughout the competition.

There's No Place Like Home - Pauley Pavilion has been good to the Bruins the past few seasons, as UCLA has posted a 27-0 record in that arena since 2000 and a 33-1 record since 1999. UCLA's last home loss came in 1999 to Georgia.

Several Bruins Expected To Make 2003 Debuts - Nearly the full Bruin roster is expected to compete this weekend, with two meets scheduled for the team. Expected to make their 2003 competitive debuts are freshman Holly Murdock, redshirt freshman Christie Tedmon, redshirt sophomore Trishna Patel, juniors Christy Erickson and Jamie Williams and senior Doni Thompson. Murdock and Thompson had been slowed by injuries early in the year.

UCLA In The Rankings - UCLA enters the week ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation after posting a high score of 197.6. The Bruins are also top-ranked on vault (49.65), bars (49.525) and floor (49.575) and second on beam (49.45). UCLA athletes occupy three of the Top 4 all-around rankings, with Jamie Dantzscher No. 1 (39.775), Onnie Willis No. 3 (39.65) and Kate Richardson No. 4 (39.6). Dantzscher and Jeanette Antolin are No. 1 on vault with a 9.975 score, and Dantzscher is tops on floor as well with a 10.0 and second on bars with Willis (9.95). Richardson is No. 1 on beam (9.95) and No. 2 on floor (9.95).

Bruins Snap NCAA's Longest Ever Home Winning Streak - UCLA snapped Utah's 23-year, 170-meet home winning streak with a 197.225-196.75 victory on Jan. 10. The streak was the longest regular season home win streak in the nation for any NCAA men's or women's sport. The Bruins accomplished this momentous feat despite having to count a fall on the uneven bars and despite not having the presence of head coach Valorie Kondos Field, who could not attend due to a chronic neck and back ailment.

UCLA Acting Head Coaches Undefeated In 2002-03 - UCLA's record under acting head coaches in all sports improved to 3-0 after first-year assistant coach Chris Waller led the Bruin gymnasts to the win at Utah. Waller, a former U.S. Olympian and NCAA champion with the Bruins, joins Ed Kezirian, who led the UCLA football team to the Las Vegas Bowl win, and Jorge Salcedo, who guided the men's soccer team to a key conference road win over Stanford.

Dantzscher Hits Second-Straight 39.775 - Junior Jamie Dantzscher is nothing if not consistent and spectacular, having racked up two consecutive all-around totals of 39.775. The defending NCAA all-around, vault and floor champion earned 9.975s on vault and floor, a 9.95 on bars and a 9.875 on beam to take first place at Utah. In the Bruins' season opener in Hawaii, she won the all-around, scoring a perfect 10 on floor, a 9.95 on bars, a career-high 9.925 on beam and a 9.9 on vault. Dantzscher's all-around total in Hawaii was the highest ever by a Bruin in a season-opening meet, and her 10.0 score was the 18th perfect 10 of her career, a UCLA record. Last season, Dantzscher set a national record with seven consecutive perfect 10s on floor.

Antolin Has Career Night - Junior Jeanette Antolin pulled together an impressive three-event performance at Utah, scoring career highs on vault with a 9.975 and on beam with a 9.9. Antolin was the Bruins' leadoff performer on beam, and her high mark paved the way for a team total of 49.45, the fifth-highest team score in school history. Her score on vault, which included a perfect 10 from one judge, helped the Bruins achieve a team score of 49.65, which ranks second on UCLA's all-time list. Antolin also scored a 9.875 on the uneven bars, good for second place.

Richardson Jumps Right In - Freshman Kate Richardson is contributing in a big way for the Bruins in her first season, going all-around in UCLA's first two meets. At Utah, she tied for third on vault with a career-best 9.925 and also tied for third on floor with a 9.925. Her 9.875 beam score clinched the victory for UCLA. Richardson was impressive in her NCAA debut in Hawaii, scoring a 39.6 in the all-around to place third behind teammates Jamie Dantzscher and Onnie Willis. Richardson also won the balance beam title with a 9.95 and was second on floor with a 9.95. Her all-around score was the highest ever by a Bruin in her all-around debut. Richardson, a 2000 Canadian Olympian, is coming off a Commonwealth Games all-around and beam championship.

UCLA Enjoys Record-Setting Opener - The Bruins kicked off the 2003 NCAA season by recording a team total of 197.6 in a dual meet with Oregon State in Hawaii. The score was the best ever for a Bruin team to start the year. Bruin gymnasts won all four events and went 1-2-3 in the all-around with Jamie Dantzscher placing first with a 39.775, Onnie Willis second with a 39.65 and Kate Richardson third with a 39.6.

All-Arounders All-Around - UCLA has no shortage of all-around gymnasts this season. Five Bruins have competed in the all-around so far this season - Jamie Dantzscher, Onnie Willis, Kate Richardson, Kristin Parker and Yvonne Tousek. Malia Jones (career-high of 39.425) and Jeanette Antolin (39.05) have also proven to be solid all-arounders.

About The Bruins - Three-time NCAA champion UCLA is coached by four-time national coach of the year Valorie Kondos Field. The Bruins boast one of the most impressive lineups in collegiate gymnastics history, led by the last two NCAA all-around champions, 2001 co-winner Onnie Willis and 2002 champ Jamie Dantzscher. UCLA's roster includes three NCAA champions (Willis, Dantzscher and Yvonne Tousek), eight All-Americans (Willis, Dantzscher, Tousek, Doni Thompson, Alyssa Beckerman, Kristin Parker, Malia Jones, Kristen Maloney), five Olympians (Dantzscher, Tousek, Beckerman, Maloney and Kate Richardson) and eight World Championships team members (Dantzscher, Tousek, Beckerman, Maloney, Richardson, Thompson, Jeanette Antolin and Holly Murdock). Last season, UCLA won the Pac-10 and South Central Regional Championships and placed third at the NCAA Championships.

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