No. 1 UCLA Gymnasts Host No. 16 Arizona

Feb. 18, 2003

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This Week - The top-ranked UCLA women's gymnastics team (9-1-1) will host 16th-ranked Arizona (4-5) on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. It will be UCLA's final home dual meet of the season - the Bruins host a quadrangular meet on Mar. 16 and the Pac-10 Championships on Mar. 29.

Live On The Web - Live scoring and play-by-play text commentary will be provided on the web page for Sunday's 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 Wildcats - Arizona came in second last season to the Bruins at the Pac-10 Championships and also qualified for the NCAA Championships, where they finished 11th. Jamie Schell ranks 14th in the nation in the all-around with a 39.325 average and 17th on beam (9.875). Andi McCabe ranks 24th on vault (9.85).

The Series With Arizona - UCLA leads the all-time series with the Wildcats, 44-2. The Bruins went 3-1 against the Wildcats last season. After first losing the dual meet in Tucson, 195.175-195.1, UCLA won the next three showings in the post-season, at the Pac-10 Championships, NCAA South Central Regionals and in the preliminaries at the NCAA Championships.

UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins are ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive week with a season average of 197.253. UCLA is also first on vault (49.419) and beam (49.358), second on bars (49.297) and eighth on floor (49.178). Four UCLA athletes rank in the Top 15 in the all-around rankings - No. 1 Jamie Dantzscher (39.775 average), No. 4 Onnie Willis (39.625), No. 6 Kate Richardson (39.547) and No. 15 Jeanette Antolin (39.325). Dantzscher is tops in the nation on vault, bars and floor and 18th on beam. Richardson is No. 1 on beam, 12th on vault and 15th on floor. Willis is ranked in the Top 25 on all four events - No. 8 on vault, No. 9 on beam, No. 13 on bars and No. 18 on floor. Jeanette Antolin is ranked in the Top 20 on three events - No. 3 on vault, No. 20 on bars and No. 10 on beam. Also ranked are Yvonne Tousek on beam (No. 5) and Kristin Parker on vault (No. 20).

Bruins Defeat Arizona State On The Road - The Bruins earned a school record road total of 198.4 to counter Arizona State's school record 198.15 in a dual meet victory in Tempe on Feb. 16. UCLA hit 24-for-24 routines and posted school record totals on vault (49.7) and beam (49.725). Jamie Dantzscher (vault and bars), Jeanette Antolin (vault) and Kate Richardson (beam) scored perfect 10s.

UCLA Scores 198 Again - For the fourth time this season, UCLA broke the 198 point barrier, and this time set a school record for highest road score with a 198.4. The Bruins have scored 198 in three of their last four meets and have tied Georgia's all-time NCAA record of six 198 scores. UCLA's four 198s in one season is a first. The Bruins' other 198 scores this year came on Jan. 19 at the Bruin Classic (198.275), on Feb. 2 against Arkansas (198.175) and on Feb. 9 against Washington (198.575).

UCLA Boasts Nations' Top Scores - In addition to team total, UCLA also has the distinction of scoring the top marks in the nation this year on vault (49.7 on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16) and floor (49.725 on Feb. 2). Individually, Onnie Willis' 39.8 score (earned twice this year) in the all-around ranks as the nation's top score.

Bruins Are Beaming - UCLA has been a force on the balance beam in 2003, averaging a national-best 49.358. The Bruins have won several meets this year on the balance beam in the final rotation, most recently at Arizona State on Sunday. With the Bruins clinging to a one-tenth of a point (148.675-148.575) lead with the Sun Devils moving to the floor exercise, UCLA needed just about all of the school record 49.725 it earned on beam to secure the victory. The Bruins dropped a 9.875 as its lowest score and counted a 9.9 from Alyssa Beckerman, a 9.925 in the leadoff position from Malia Jones, a pair of 9.95s from Onnie Willis and Yvonne Tousek and a 10 from Kate Richardson. Earlier in the year, the Bruins erased a .525 deficit at Cal State Fullerton and won by a .2 margin after scoring a 49.375 on beam. The Bruins are no strangers to closing out big victories on the balance beam. UCLA won its last two NCAA titles in 2000 and 2001 with killer performances in the final rotation on balance beam.

Vaulting To No. 1 - UCLA last weekend competed all 10.0-valued vaults for the first time since Jan. 10 and was rewarded with a school record-tying 49.7 team score. The Bruins scored no lower than 9.85, including back-to-back perfect 10s from Jeanette Antolin and Jamie Dantzscher and a pair of 9.925s from Kristin Parker and Onnie Willis. The nation's No. 1 vault team has hit 49.7 in its last two consecutive meets and has scored 49.2 or better in all but one meet this year.

Perfect Bruins - With four perfect 10s this past weekend, UCLA has increased its season total of perfect scores to a school-record 15. Jamie Dantzscher leads the pack with eight - two consecutive on vault and three each on bars and floor. Dantzscher needs just two more 10s this year to tie her school record of 10 perfect 10s in a season, set last year. Freshman Kate Richardson has three 10.0s - two on beam and one on floor. Richardson is the first Bruin ever to score multiple 10s on the balance beam. Jeanette Antolin has earned two perfect 10s on vault in her last three meets. Also scoring perfect 10s this year are Onnie Willis on floor and Yvonne Tousek on bars.

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 20-20 with no score lower than 9.825 and 18 scores of 9.9 or higher. Willis is 29-29 and has hit 20 9.9 or higher routines. Additionally, Dantzscher has hit 23 consecutive routines on bars and has scored 9.95 or higher on 17 straight floor routines. Kristin Parker has hit 35 straight vaults, and Yvonne Tousek has hit 22 consecutive beam routines.

All-Arounders All-Around - UCLA has no shortage of all-around gymnasts this season. Eight Bruins have competed all-around so far - Jamie Dantzscher, Onnie Willis, Kate Richardson, Kristin Parker, Yvonne Tousek, Jeanette Antolin, Malia Jones and Christie Tedmon. Six of the eight have scored above 39.4 - Willis (high of 39.8), Dantzscher (39.775), Richardson (39.75), Antolin (39.65), Tousek (39.525) and Parker (39.45).

Leaders Of The Pac - UCLA is tops in the rankings amongst the seven Pac-10 schools, no small feat considering the Pac-10 Conference has six teams ranked in the Top 15. Four teams are in the Top 10 - No. 1 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 Stanford and No. 9 Oregon State. Washington ranks 12th, followed by Arizona in 16th. Only Cal is ranked out of the Top 25, but they are just on the edge of the Top 25 at the No. 28 slot.

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.

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