Fifth-Ranked Gymnasts Host 22nd-Ranked Arkansas Sunday

Jan. 27, 2003

This Week - The fifth-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (6-1) will host 22nd-ranked Arkansas (0-3) in a dual meet at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Live On The Web - Live scoring and play-by-play text commentary will be provided on the web page.

Pre-Meet Tailgate - Bruin fans are encouraged to attend the pre-meet tailgate, which is sponsored by the Bruin 10.0 Club, UCLA Gymnastics' official support group. The social is free and takes place three hours prior to every home meet outside of Pauley Pavilion. The tailgate is a chance for fans to enjoy food, fun and other activities with other Bruin supporters.

About The Lady Razorbacks - Arkansas is beginning its first season of competition and has already made an impression, earning a No. 22 national ranking while competing against the nation's top teams and averaging over 5,000 fans per home meet. The Gym'Back roster is comprised of all freshmen, led by top all-arounder Hannah McLeod (best of 38.975). Arkansas is coached by Mark and Rene Cook. Mark was a former UCLA assistant coach from 1995-97 and helped lead the Bruins to their first NCAA title in 1997.

There's No Place Like Home - Pauley Pavilion has been good to the Bruins the past few seasons, as UCLA has posted a 30-0 record in the legendary arena since 2000 and a 36-1 record since 1999. UCLA's last home loss came in 1999 to Georgia.

UCLA In The Rankings - With rankings determined by season average starting this week, the Bruins dropped to No. 5 in the nation in team score (196.535 average). UCLA is first (tied) on vault (49.325), fourth on bars and beam (49.145) and 13th on floor (48.92). The Bruins, however, still hold the nation's top scores in team total (198.275), vault (49.65), bars (49.625) and beam (49.65). Three UCLA athletes rank in the Top 10 in the all-around rankings, with Jamie Dantzscher No. 1 (39.775 average), Onnie Willis No. 6 (39.567), and Kate Richardson No. 9 (39.456). Dantzscher is tops in the nation on bars and floor, second on vault and 20th on beam. Richardson ranks in the Top 15 on vault (No. 14), beam (No. 3) and floor (10th). Willis and Jeanette Antolin rank in the Top 20 on vault, bars and beam (Willis is 10th on vault, 17th on bars and fifth on beam, and Antolin is sixth on vault, 13th on bars and 20th on beam). Yvonne Tousek ranks fifth on beam.

Bruins Upset At Oregon State - UCLA's undefeated aspirations were snuffed by a solid Oregon State team on Jan. 24, as the Beavers upset the Bruins, 195.75-195.475. UCLA held the lead going into the final rotation but was unable to hold on after a 48.1 effort on the balance beam. Freshman Kate Richardson won the all-around with a 39.525 effort. Junior Jeanette Antolin placed second with a career-best 39.425.

Models Of Consistency - NCAA all-around champions Jamie Dantzscher (2002) and Onnie Willis (2001) have displayed this season the consistent effort that helped them capture their respective championships. The two Bruins have hit all of their routines this season. Dantzscher is 13-13 with no score lower than 9.825 and 11 scores of 9.9 or higher. Willis is 14-14 and has hit eight 9.9 or higher routines. Additionally, Dantzscher has hit 20 consecutive on bars and has scored 9.95 or higher on 15 straight floor routines. Kristin Parker has hit 31 straight vaults, and Yvonne Tousek has hit 18 consecutive beam routines.

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