Jan. 27, 2004
UCLA Welcomes Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton - The sixth-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team (2-2) returns home after three straight road meets to host 19th-ranked Arizona State (3-1) and Cal State Fullerton (1-2). The meet will take place on Sunday, Feb. 1 in Pauley Pavilion at 2:00 pm. Pre and post-meet entertainment will be provided by the Japanese Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics team. In the spirit of "Soup"er Bowl Sunday, the Bruins are having a canned food drive in which a fan can get one free general admission ticket with a canned food donation.
Live Scoring - Fans unable to attend Sunday's meet can follow the action live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Live scoring updates and play-by-play text commentary on UCLA routines will be provided periodically throughout the meet.
Richardson Dominates As Bruins Defeat Minnesota - Sophomore Kate Richardson won the all-around with a score of 39.75 and placed first on every event as UCLA rolled to a 197.55-195.325 victory at Minnesota. Richardson, this week's Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week, recorded her first career perfect 10 on vault (her fifth career perfect 10 on any apparatus) and was followed immediately by another 10.0 by Jeanette Antolin, her second this year and fifth in her career. Richardson and Antolin also tied for first on the uneven bars with a 9.9, and Richardson claimed top honors on beam (9.95) and floor (9.9) as well. Richardson has hit all 12 routines she has competed this season, with no score lower than 9.9.
Williams Realizing Potential - Senior Jamie Williams has been one of UCLA's most pleasant surprises so far in 2004, consistently hitting for the Bruins on both beam and floor in the last three meets. Williams, who saw action in just one meet last season, had a fantastic season debut in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 16, earning a career-high 9.9 on beam and a 9.775 on floor. After that performance, she earned a spot in the beam and floor lineup at Georgia and scored 9.775 and 9.75, respectively, in a pressure situation. At Minnesota last week, she led off on floor with a 9.775 and then hit a pressure-packed routine on beam for a score of 9.85. Williams averages 9.84 on beam and 9.77 on floor this season.
Maloney Impressive In Comeback - Showing little signs of rust after sitting out the last two seasons with a leg injury, senior Kristen Maloney has been nothing short of impressive in her first season of competition since April of 2001. In her first routine back, against Utah, Maloney hit a clean Yurchenko layout full vault for a score of 9.85, which tied her career high. She also scored a 9.675 on bars and a 9.875 on beam. She set new career-highs last week with a 9.925 on vault at Minnesota and a 9.9 on bars at Georgia. Maloney ranks fifth in the nation on beam with an average of 9.912 and holds a season-high of 9.95.
Bruins In The Rankings - UCLA is ranked No. 6 in this week's national rankings, which are based on season average. Two scores of 197+ in UCLA's last two meets increased the team's season average to 196.6. The Bruins hold the nation's top overall score with a 197.85 at Georgia on Jan. 19. UCLA ranks second on beam (49.356 average), fourth on bars (49.187), 11th on vault (48.981) and 15th on floor (49.075). Individually, Kate Richardson and Jeanette Antolin rank 1-2 in the all-around with averages of 39.767 and 39.75, respectively. On vault, Antolin ranks first with a 9.983 average, just ahead of Richardson (9.975). Kristen Maloney ranks 13th on vault with a 9.892 average. Antolin and Richardson are second and seventh, respectively, on bars and tied for eighth on floor. The Bruins have five athletes ranked in the Top 15 on beam - No. 1 Richardson (9.958), No. 5 Maloney (9.912), No. 6 Antolin (9.908), No. 7 Christie Tedmon (9.9) and No. 13 Yvonne Tousek (9.892).
A Look At Arizona State - The Sun Devils opened the season ranked No. 9 in the pre-season coaches poll after a ninth-place showing at the 2003 NCAA Championships. ASU is led by senior All-American Maggie Germaine and sophomore Ashley Kelly, who ranks fourth nationally on bars and seventh on beam. The Sun Devils have a season-best team score of 195.825. UCLA leads the all-time series with ASU, 34-22. In the last regular season competition between the two schools, both teams scored over 198, with UCLA edging out ASU, 198.4-198.15. The Bruins hit 24-for-24 and scored four perfect 10s (Jamie Dantzscher on vault and bars, Jeanette Antolin on vault, and Kate Richardson on beam).
A Look At Cal State Fullerton - The Titans scored a season-high 194.35 in their last competition on Jan. 23, a home victory over Boise State. Freshman Nicole Lim won the all-around with a 38.975 and placed third on vault (9.75) and beam (9.825) and tied for second on floor with a 9.875. UCLA leads the all-time series with Fullerton, 38-24, and won both meetings last season. The first dual meet between the two teams was a close one, and UCLA used a strong beam set to outpoint the Titans, 194.1-193.9.
Newcomers Make Strong Contributions - Freshmen Lori Winn, Ashley Peckett and Aimee Walker and junior Kisha Auld have become regulars in UCLA's lineup in their first season with the program. Winn has competed in the all-around three times, with a high of 39.375 in her collegiate debut against Utah. She also boasts season highs of 9.9 on vault, beam and floor and 9.875 on bars. Peckett, after missing the first meet due to injury, has come back strong. In her last meet at Minnesota, she earned season-highs on bars (9.75) and floor (9.85). She also has a season-best of 9.875 on vault. Walker was a late substitute in the Utah meet and made her UCLA competitive debut on the floor exercise. Taking her cues from her coaches and teammates, Walker, who is hearing impaired, performed a spirited and inspiring routine and scored a 9.65 on a routine valued at a 9.8. Walker also competed an exhibition bars routine, scoring a 9.725. She made the competition lineup on bars and floor at Arizona, and scored a 9.775 on bars and 9.625 on floor. She hit for a 9.75 on bars at Georgia. Auld, a junior vault specialist who has been out of gymnastics for five years, earned a spot in the Bruins' competition lineup at Arizona and Georgia. In her first counting meet, she performed a Tsukahara layout full, one of the most difficult vaults in collegiate gymnastics, and scored a 9.875.
UCLA Hosts 2004 NCAA Championships - UCLA will host the 2004 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Apr. 15-17 in Pauley Pavilion. Team preliminaries begin on Thursday, Apr. 15 with an afternoon and evening session. The top three teams from each preliminary session advance to Friday's Super Six Team Finals, and the individual event finals take place on Saturday, Apr. 17. Tickets for the Championships are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office by calling 310-UCLA-WIN or visiting the ticket office website at www.tickets.ucla.edu.
Schwikert, Vanden Eykel To Join Bruins In 2005 - UCLA has signed U.S. Olympian and 2003 World Championship gold medalist Tasha Schwikert and former junior U.S. national champion Lindsay Vanden Eykel to national letters of intent. The duo will join the Bruin squad for the 2005 season. Schwikert is a two-time U.S. all-around champion (2001, 2002), as well as the 2003 all-around runner-up, the 2002 bars and floor champion and the 2001 beam champion. Vanden Eykel won the junior national title in her first season as a junior international elite in 1999 and repeated in 2000. In 2003, she placed in the Top 10 in the all-around and second on bars at the American Classic.