This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
April 21, 2004
The Bruins scored a 198.125, a new NCAA Championship meet record to take home the National crown April 18. The Bruins were joined by Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and STANFORD in the finals Friday night. Georgia placed second with a 197.2, and Alabama and STANFORD finished in a tie for third scoring a 197.125. A UCLA gymnast had the highest score on each event, which included a tie on the floor with a 9.95. No other team scored higher than 49.5 on a single apparatus, while the Bruins did so on floor, vault, and beam. Several gymnasts turned in impressive performances during the competition, including Kate Richardson, Jeanette Antolin, Yvonne Tousek, Jamie Dantzscher, and Kristen Maloney. This marks the first time the UCLA women's gymnastics team has won a championship in Pauley Pavilion.
STANFORD also made a great run through the Championship, finishing in a tie for 3rd with Alabama - a school best. Thanks to outstanding performances all year by sophomore Natalie Foley and seniors Kendall Beck, Caroline Fluhrer, Shelly Goldberg, Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ and Lindsay Wing, the Cardinal has gone above and beyond its expectations. The STANFORD women's gymnastics team will continue to be a National power.
SEVERAL PAC-10 GYMNASTS SHINE DURING NCAA FINALS
Although ARIZONA STATE did not make it to the Super Six Finals, Ashley Kelly represented the Sun Devils well during the Individual Competition, winning the balance beam crown with a score of 9.95. She demonstrated one of the most difficult routines of the night, bringing home ASU's 10th overall individual title and becoming ARIZONA STATE'S ninth NCAA champion. In addition, Monica Bisordi was the lone representative from ARIZONA, turning in a fifth place finish on the floor exercise.
Stanford's Foley placed third on the vault with a 9.89, while UCLA's Richardson placed ninth. Richardson also placed third on the bars, while fellow-Bruins Maloney and Antolin placed second and fourth, respectively. Tousek turned in a fifth-place finish on the beam, while Antolin tied for third on the floor exercise.
PAC-10 GYMNASTS NAMED TO THE ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
First Team All-Americans
Natalie Foley-Stanford-Vault, Uneven Bars, Floor & All Around
Kristen Maloney-UCLA-Uneven Bars
Kate Richardson-UCLA-Uneven Bars, Vault & All Around
Jeanette Antolin-UCLA-Uneven Bars, Floor & All Around
Ashley Kelly-Arizona State-Balance Beam & All Around
Lise Leveille-Stanford-All Around
Jamie Dantzscher-UCLA-Uneven Bars
Yvonne Tousek-UCLA-Balance Beam
Caroline Fluhrer-Stanford-Floor & Uneven Bars
Lindsay Wing-Stanford-Balance Beam
Second Team All-Americans
Lindsay Wing-Stanford-All Around
Kristen Maloney-UCLA-Vault, Balance Beam & All Around
Ashley Kelly-Arizona-StateVault & Floor
Lise Leveille-Stanford-Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam & Floor
Jeanette Antolin-UCLA-Balance Beam
Kate Richardson-UCLA-Balance Beam
Natalie Foley-Stanford-Balance Beam