Four Standout Gymnasts To Join NCAA Champion Bruins in 2006
Nov. 10, 2004
The two-time defending NCAA champion UCLA Women's Gymnastics team has signed four standout gymnasts to national letters of intent. Joining UCLA for the 2006 season will be U.S. National Team member Kristina Comforte (Burr Ridge, IL/Illinois Gymnastics Institute/Lyons Township HS), 2004 Level 10 National champion Melissa Chan (Los Gatos, CA/Airborne Gymnastics/Los Gatos HS), and former international elites Jalynne and Janelle Dantzscher (San Dimas, CA/SCEGA/San Dimas HS).
Comforte, a U.S. National Team member the last two years, placed fifth on vault and 20th in the all-around at the 2004 USA Championships. In 2003, she was the Region 5 Elite Athlete of the Year after placing 11th in the all-around, second on vault and eighth on bars at the USA Championships and winning the vault at the Trophee Massilia. Competing in the junior division in 2002, she won the vault title and placed 11th in the all-around at the USA Championships and also claimed the vault crown at the U.S. Classic. She was the Level 10 National all-around champion in 2001 and also placed third on bars and beam.
Chan, a former international elite, was the 2000 U.S. Junior National Champion on vault and a U.S. National Team member after placing eighth in the all-around at the USA Championships. Competing at Level 10 in 2004, she won the national all-around, vault and beam titles (Senior C Division) and nearly swept the Region 1 Championship meet, placing first in the all-around, vault, beam and floor. In 2003, she won the all-around and placed second on vault and bars at Level 10 Nationals (Senior A Division) and won the all-around, vault and beam at Regionals. She was also the Level 10 Junior National all-around, vault and beam champion.
Identical twins Jalynne and Janelle Dantzscher are the younger sisters of former Bruin superstar and 2000 U.S. Olympian Jamie Dantzscher. The Dantzscher twins are both former junior international elites. Jalynne is the 2004 Level 10 national all-around and floor exercise champion (Senior A Division). She placed second in the all-around and first on bars and floor at the Region 1 Championships. In 2002, she earned a Top 20 finish at the USA National Championships as a junior and placed fourth on floor. She also placed seventh in the all-around at the 2002 American Classic. Janelle placed 11th in the all-around, third on vault and fifth on beam at the 2004 Level 10 Region 1 Championships (Senior A Division), just missing out on the National Championships. In 2003, she was seventh in the all-around and second on vault at Level 10 Nationals (Junior C Division). Janelle won the all-around, beam and floor and placed second on bars and third on vault at the 2003 Regionals.
'Once again we are excited to sign an incredible class,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'This class reminds me a lot of our Fab Five freshman class of 1999. With Kristina Comforte, Melissa Chan and Janelle and Jalynne Dantzscher, we have signed student-athletes of tremendous ability and character. They will not only bring a lot of depth to our program, but will be key competitors for us in every event in their first season here.'
'There is a lot of excitement surrounding this class,' Kondos Field continued. 'Their talents, personalities and character will undoubtedly secure their place among the all-time great freshman classes of UCLA Gymnastics.'