Top-Ranked Bruin Gymnasts Travel To 13th-Ranked Oregon State

Jan. 20, 2003

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This Week - The top-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (6-0) will travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on 13th-ranked Oregon State in a Pac-10 showdown. The meet will take place at Gill Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 pm.

Live On The Web - Bruin fans can follow the competition through live stats on the web page. Scores will be updated at the end of each rotation.

About The Beavers - Oregon State enters the week with a 2-2 record and is led by All-American Tanya Ricioli, who ranks 10th in the nation in the all-around with a high mark of 39.525. UCLA leads the overall series 26-12 and won the season opener in Hawaii against Oregon State, 197.6-195.675.

Beaver-Bruin Connection - Oregon State is coached by former UCLA All-American Tanya (Service) Chaplin. Assistant coach Michael Chaplin is a former Bruin as well and was teammates with UCLA assistant Chris Waller on the 1987 NCAA Championship team.

UCLA In The Rankings - UCLA enters the week ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in all team categories. The Bruins have posted the nation's top scores in team total (198.275), vault (49.65), bars (49.625), beam (49.65) and floor (49.575). The Bruins also have the highest season averages in team score (196.8), vault (49.356) and beam (49.406). UCLA athletes occupy three of the Top 4 all-around rankings, with Onnie Willis No. 1 (39.8), Jamie Dantzscher No. 2 (39.775), and Kate Richardson No. 4 (39.675). A Bruin ranks No. 1 in all four events, with Dantzscher and Jeanette Antolin tops on vault (9.975), Dantzscher tied for No. 1 on bars (10.0) and floor (10.0), and Richardson tied for No. 1 on beam (10.0). Five Bruin vaulters are ranked in the Top 10 (No. 1 Dantzscher and Antolin, No. 3 Willis and No. 8 Kristin Parker and Richardson). Four are ranked in the Top 10 on bars (No. 1 Dantzscher, No. 4 Willis, No. 10 Richardson and Tousek). Amazingly, seven Bruin athletes are ranked in the Top 25 on beam - Richardson at No. 1, Willis at No. 4, Alyssa Beckerman at No. 5, Dantzscher and Tousek at No. 12 and Parker and Antolin at No. 22. Three Bruins rank in the Top 3 on floor - Dantzscher at No. 1 and Willis and Richardson at No. 3.

Bruins Are Beaming - On the most difficult apparatus to master, UCLA has shone this season on the balance beam. The Bruins are averaging an amazing 49.406 on beam this season, with a high of 49.65 achieved last Sunday. The Bruins have scored no lower than 49.15, and that particular score was achieved despite counting a fall. In fact, UCLA has hit 21 consecutive beam routines, with more than half (11) scoring 9.9 or higher. Nineteen of those 21 routines have scored 9.825 or higher. Seven Bruins are ranked in the Top 25 in the nation with scores of 9.9 or higher, and two others have recorded 9.85s - Jamie Williams and Malia Jones.

UCLA Breaks 198 Barrier At Bruin Classic - UCLA's 1-2-3 all-around punch of Onnie Willis, Jamie Dantzscher and Kate Richardson led the Bruin squad to a 198.275 team score at the Bruin Classic last Sunday. The terrific trio swept the all-around standings, with Willis setting a new career high with a 39.8, Dantzscher recording her third consecutive 39.775, and Richardson establishing a new career high with a 39.675. Dantzscher and Richardson combined for three perfect 10s - Dantzscher on bars and floor and Richardson on beam. UCLA's team score was the second-highest in school history and just the third time the Bruins have surpassed the 198 mark.

Bruins Come From Behind To Edge Cal State Fullerton By .2 - Down by .525 heading into the last rotation, UCLA used a fantastic beam set to make an improbable comeback at Cal State Fullerton last Friday. Kristin Parker led things off with a 9.9 and was followed by a career-high 9.85 from Jamie Williams and a 9.775 from Holly Murdock in her first competition of the season. Alyssa Beckerman and Jeanette Antolin closed the set with a 9.95 and 9.9, respectively, and UCLA totaled a 49.375 to Fullerton's 48.65 on floor to pull out the 194.1-193.9 victory.

Opening Night For Several Bruins - Four Bruins made their 2003 competitive debuts at Fullerton - freshman Holly Murdock on beam, redshirt freshman Christie Tedmon in the all-around, redshirt sophomore Trishna Patel on vault and floor, and junior Jamie Williams on beam and floor. Each Bruin had strong performances, with Murdock recording a 9.775 on beam, Tedmon hitting 9.625 or better on three events, Patel setting a career-high with a 9.7 on vault (her start value was 9.8), and Williams setting a new career-high on beam with a 9.85. Other Bruins competed for the first time on certain apparatus, with Malia Jones seeing her first action of the year on vault and floor, Alyssa Beckerman performing for the first time as a Bruin on bars and for the first time this season on beam (first-place score of 9.95), and Jeanette Antolin competing for the first time on floor. In addition, Kristin Parker unveiled a new skill on bars, a Pak salto.

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.

Willis Sets Career Highs At Bruin Classic - Senior Onnie Willis shined bright in the Bruins' home opener, setting new career highs in the all-around with a 39.8 and on balance beam with a 9.975. She also scored a 9.95 on vault to tie for first, a 9.925 on bars to tie for second and a 9.95 on floor to place second. Willis' all-around score ranks as the third-highest mark in school history.

Dantzscher Records 20th Career Perfect 10 - Junior Jamie Dantzscher continues to build upon her school record for perfect 10s. With a 10 on both bars and floor last Sunday, Dantzscher upped her career total to 20, which is 12 more than any other Bruin has ever received (Mohini Bhardwaj ranks second in the 10.0 chart with eight). Dantzscher now has 14 10s on floor and four on bars. Last season, Dantzscher set a national record with seven consecutive perfect 10s on floor.

Richardson Gets In On The Act - Freshman Kate Richardson is getting an early start in the 10.0-fest, earning a perfect mark on the balance beam on Sunday. Her 10 was only the third perfect mark ever by a Bruin on beam. Richardson has been enjoying a stellar rookie season so far, scoring above 39 in all three meets she has competed in, and posting two scores of 39.6. She also averages an amazing 9.942 on beam after three competitions. Her success is all the more amazing when you consider she underwent back surgery a little less than a year ago and was in a back brace for six weeks.

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

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