No. 3 Gymnasts To Compete In Dual Meets Against Two Top 15 Teams
Feb. 4, 2003
This Week - The third-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (7-1) will compete against two Top 15 teams this weekend, first traveling to eighth-ranked Stanford (7-1) on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and then returning home to host 13th-ranked Washington (4-2) at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Live On The Web - Live scoring and play-by-play text commentary will be provided on the UCLABruins.com web page for the UCLA-Washington home meet.
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 Cardinal - Stanford, which last season qualified for the Super Six for the first time in the program's history, is led by All-American juniors Lise Leveille and Lindsay Wing. Leveille ranks 13th in the nation in the all-around with a 39.331 average, while Wing is ranked fourth on beam with a 9.937 average. Kendall Beck (No. 12) and Leveille (No. 15) are also ranked in the Top 15.
The Series With Stanford - UCLA leads the all-time series with the Cardinal, 33-4, and won last year's dual meet at home, 196.925-195.025. The last time the Bruins competed at Stanford in the regular season, UCLA came away with a 196.925-194.675 victory. Kristin Parker was the star of that meet, scoring her first career perfect 10 on floor and winning the all-around.
About The Huskies - Washington, who hosts Seattle Pacific on Friday before facing the Bruins, enters the week as the No. 1 team in the nation on vault, averaging 49.342, just a hair above the Bruins' 49.333. The Huskies boast two Pac-10 champions on their roster - 2002 vault champ Emily Pritchard and 2001 bars champion Stacy Wong, who returns this year after missing the 2002 season with a knee injury. Washington has already broken the 197 barrier this season, scoring a 197.0 in the second meet.
The Series With Washington - UCLA leads the all-time series with the Huskies, 33-1. The Bruins' won last year's meeting in the regular season, 197.05-195.0 at Seattle.
There's No Place Like Home - Pauley Pavilion has been good to the Bruins the past few seasons, as UCLA has posted a 31-0 record in the legendary arena since 2000 and a 37-1 record since 1999. UCLA's last home loss came in 1999 to Georgia.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins moved up to No. 3 in the nation in team score (196.808 average). UCLA is also first on beam (49.217), second on vault (49.333) and bars (49.204) and 10th on floor (49.054). Four UCLA athletes rank in the Top 15 in the all-around rankings - No. 1 Jamie Dantzscher (39.775 average), No. 5 Onnie Willis (39.581), No. 6 Kate Richardson (39.515) and No. 13 Jeanette Antolin (39.333). Dantzscher is tops in the nation on vault and floor, second on bars and 19th on beam. Richardson ranks in the Top 15 on vault (No. 14), beam (No. 3) and floor (5th). Willis and Jeanette Antolin rank in the Top 20 on vault, bars and beam (Willis is 11th on vault, 16th on bars and seventh on beam, and Antolin is fifth on vault, 18th on bars and 14th on beam). Yvonne Tousek ranks seventh on beam, and Kristin Parker is 23rd on vault.
Bruins Score Second 198 Of Season - The Bruins broke the 198 barrier for the second time this season, scoring 198.175 to defeat Arkansas in a dual meet at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 2. Three Bruins earned 10.0s on the day - Yvonne Tousek scored her first ever on bars, and Kate Richardson and Onnie Willis scored back-to-back 10s on floor to close the meet. Richardson won the all-around with a career-high and school freshman record 49.75 to lead a Bruin sweep of the Top 5 all-around placings. Jeanette Antolin placed second with a career-high 39.65 and set a new career-best on beam with a 9.95. Malia Jones also tied her career-high on floor with a 9.925.
UCLA Boasts Nations' Top Scores - The Bruins have the distinction of scoring the top two team totals in the nation this year, a 198.275 on Jan. 19 and a 198.175 on Feb. 2. UCLA also has the best mark on beam (49.65 on Jan. 19) and floor (49.725 on Feb. 2).
Dantzscher Sits Out Arkansas Meet - Defending NCAA all-around champion Jamie Dantzscher sat out the Bruins' home meet against Arkansas due to a sprained ankle suffered in practice. The injury is not serious, and she is expected to compete on at least one event this weekend.
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 18-18 and has hit 10 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 32 straight vaults, and Yvonne Tousek has hit 19 consecutive beam routines.
Richardson Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week - After scoring a school freshman record if 39.75 in the all-around on Feb. 2, freshman Kate Richardson was named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. Richardson was instrumental in helping UCLA achieve a team score of 198.175, the fourth-highest mark in school history. She also scored her first career 10 on floor and was nearly perfect on beam with a 9.975.
All-Arounders All-Around - UCLA has no shortage of all-around gymnasts this season. Seven Bruins have competed all-around so far - 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. Five Bruins went all-around last Sunday and swept the Top 5 placings - Richardson was first with a 39.75, followed by Antolin (39.65), Willis (39.625), Tousek (39.525) and Parker (39.45).
Kondos To Participate In Live Online Chat - UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field will participate in a live online chat at UCLABruins.com on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1:00 pm PT. Fans can submit their questions ahead of time or during the time of the chat.
Bruins To Host Upcoming Championships - Pauley Pavilion will play host to two big championship events in the next 14 months, as UCLA will host the 2003 Pac-10 Championships on Mar. 29 and the 2004 NCAA Championships on Apr. 15-17, 2004. Tickets for the 2003 Pac-10 Championships are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310/UCLA-WIN). Reserved seats are selling quickly.