No. 5 UCLA Gymnasts Score 198.175 In Win Over No. 22 Arkansas
Feb. 2, 2003
Los Angeles, CA - The fifth-ranked UCLA gymnastics team broke the 198 barrier for the second time this season, totaling 198.175 in a home victory over 22nd-ranked Arkansas. Three Bruin gymnasts scored perfect 10s - junior Yvonne Tousek (Cambridge, Ontario) on bars, freshman Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) on floor and Onnie Willis (Tacoma, WA) on floor.
UCLA was competing without defending NCAA all-around champion Jamie Dantzscher, who sat out the meet due to a sprained ankle. But the Bruins' depth rose to the forefront, as the team notched the fourth-highest mark in school history. UCLA counted no score lower than 9.8 and recorded a season-best of 49.725 on the floor exercise.
The Bruins got off to a strong start on the vault, scoring a 49.375. Junior Jeanette Antolin (Huntington Beach, CA) and Richardson led the way with scores of 9.95 and 9.9, respectively.
UCLA kept getting stronger from event to event and posted a 49.5 on bars in rotation two. Tousek, the 2001 NCAA bars champion, recorded her first career perfect 10 with a flawless routine to end the rotation.
Rotation three saw more solid routines, as the Bruins scored a 49.575. Senior Kristin Parker (Hanford, CA) led off with a 9.9, which opened the door for a higher-scored routine from Antolin (career-high 9.95) and a near-perfect 9.975 from Richardson.
UCLA closed the meet on the floor exercise, where Antolin and Parker started things off with scores of 9.9. Senior Malia Jones (Sparks, NV) added a career-high tying 9.925, and Richardson and Willis finished with back-to-back perfect 10s, Richardson's first ever on this event and Willis' first of the season and sixth overall of her career.
The Bruins swept the Top 5 all-around placings, with Richardson earning first place with a career-high and UCLA freshman record 39.75. Antolin was second with a career-best 39.65, followed by Willis with a 39.625, Tousek with a season-best 39.525 and Parker with a season-high 39.45. Arkansas' Dana McQuillin placed sixth with a 38.9 in her first ever all-around performance.
UCLA will next face Pac-10 Conference rival Stanford on Friday, Feb. 7 before returning home to host Washington on Sunday, Feb. 9 in Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm.
TEAM: 1. UCLA 198.175; 2. Arkansas 193.475
VAULT: 1. Antolin (UCLA), 9.95; 2. Richardson (UCLA), 9.9; 3. Kristin Parker (UCLA), 9.875
BEAM: 1. Richardson (UCLA), 9.975; 2. Antolin (UCLA), 9.95*; 3. Parker (UCLA), 9.9
FLOOR: 1T. Willis (UCLA), Richardson (UCLA), 10.0*; 3. Jones (UCLA), 9.925*
* - career-high, - school record
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