March 6, 2000
NEXT MEET -- UCLA is off this week and will next compete on Saturday, Mar. 18 at the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz. The meet will take place at Wells Fargo Arena at 6:00 pm MT and will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net on Saturday, Mar. 25 at 11:00 am PT.
UCLA AT THE PAC-10s -- The Bruins have won the Pac-10 team title a record eight times in the conference's 13-year history. The Bruins' last win came in 1999 when they scored a Pac-10 Championship record 197.775. Individually, UCLA gymnasts have won 34 Pac-10 titles, including nine all-around crowns. Bruin senior Heidi Moneymaker is the defending all-around and vault champion. Fellow senior Lena Degteva won the vault title in 1998.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD -- UCLA has defeated every team in the Pac-10 this season, going a perfect 6-0 in regular season conference action. Six of the seven conference teams are ranked in the Top 25 - #2 UCLA, #8 Stanford, #12 Arizona State, #15 Washington, #24 Oregon State and #25 Arizona. The Pac-10 also has seven gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 in the all-around - #1 Larissa Fontaine of Stanford, #6 Mohini Bhardwaj and #7 Heidi Moneymaker of UCLA, #15 Lanna Apisukh and #17 Tiffany Simpson of Washington and #25 Lena Degteva and Malia Jones of UCLA.
LAST WEEK -- Behind back-to-back 10.0s on vault from seniors Lena Degteva and Heidi Moneymaker, UCLA scored a school record 49.65 on vault and won the fourth annual Bruin Classic with a meet and arena record 197.575. Third-ranked Michigan placed second, followed by Illinois-Chicago and UC Santa Barbara. Mohini Bhardwaj won the all-around with a career-high tying 39.725. Degteva and Moneymaker placed second with a pair of 39.7s.
MONEYMAKER BECOMES A HISTORY-MAKER AGAIN -- Heidi Moneymaker vaulted her way into the UCLA record books again Mar. 5, scoring her second perfect 10 on vault this season. She becomes the first UCLA gymnast ever to score two perfect 10s on the same apparatus. Earlier this season, on Feb. 11, she scored her first career 10.0 on vault and went on to set a new school record in the all-around with a 39.775. Moneymaker now averages 39.272 in the all-around, 9.911 on floor, 9.886 on vault and 9.838 on bars. She is the only gymnast in the nation who is ranked in the Top 25 on all four events and the all-around.
VAULTERS REACH PERFECTION -- Prior to this season, only three UCLA gymnasts had ever scored a 10.0 on vault. This season alone, THREE Bruins have scored a total of four perfect 10s - Moneymaker (twice), Onnie Willis and Degteva. It is the first time in school history that more than two perfect 10s have been handed out in the same year. The Bruins, who are currently ranked second nationally on vault and have four athletes ranked in the Top 11, have the highest degree of difficulty in the nation on vault. Moneymaker and Kristin Parker have competed a handspring front layout with a half-twist (worth 9.9 in the FIG international elite code), and Bhardwaj competes a Yurchenko layout with 1 1/2 twists (worth 9.8 in the FIG international elite code). Willis and Degteva throw Yurchenko Arabians. Moneymaker has another two 10.0 start value (collegiate code) vaults in her repertoire. UCLA has scored above 49.0 on vault in all but one meet this year and averages 49.225, with a school record and national season-high 49.65 set last weekend.