Feb. 22, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - The third-ranked UCLA gymnastics team tied the all-time national scoring record, earning a 198.875 in a dual meet victory over Oregon State, which scored a season-best 197.175. The Bruins set school records on the uneven bars with a 49.825 and on the floor exercise with a 49.875. Senior Jeanette Antolin won the all-around with a career-high 39.875, which ranks as the third-highest score in school history and the fifth-highest in NCAA history. Antolin recorded perfect 10s on the vault and floor exercise.
The meet was chalk-full of highlights for the Bruins, among them being Jamie Dantzscher and Kristen Maloney's return to competition in Pauley Pavilion. Dantzscher, who made her season debut Friday night at Fullerton, competed for the first time at home Sunday and earned a perfect 10 on her first routine, the uneven bars. It was her seventh career 10 on that event and her school record 28th perfect score overall. Dantzscher, who had sat out most of the season with an ankle injury, also competed on the floor exercise and tied for fourth with a 9.95.
"To have her (Dantzscher) back is huge, and to have her back and be able to be mentally tough and be able to go out and hit is great," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field.
Maloney, who sat out the last two seasons with a leg injury, competed in the all-around for the first time since 2001, adding floor exercise to her repertoire for the first time in front of a home crowd. Maloney earned a career-high 39.75 in the all-around to place third. She scored a 9.95 on floor to tie with Dantzscher for fourth, and she set a new career high on the uneven bars with a 9.975 to tie for second. She also tied for first on the beam with a 9.95.
The Bruins were on fire throughout the entire meet, giving away very little in terms of deductions. UCLA started the meet with a 49.625 on vault, the fourth-highest team total in school history. Lori Winn's 9.875 was the lowest counted score, as Ashley Peckett scored a 9.9, Maloney and Richardson 9.925s and Antolin her fourth 10 on vault this year. Oregon State kept close with a strong 49.45 on the uneven bars. Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron scored 9.9s, and Chrissy Lamun added a career-high 9.925.
UCLA pulled away in rotation two, earning a school record 49.825 (old record was 49.75 set January 5, 2001). Leadoff competitor Winn started things off with a career-high 9.95. Maloney upped her career-high to a 9.975. Yvonne Tousek's 9.875 was thrown out after Richardson scored a 9.925, Antolin a 9.975 and Dantzscher a 10. Despite a solid 49.125 on vault that was highlighted by Ricioli-Hebron's career-high 9.9, the Beavers found themselves trailing by nearly a point, 99.45-98.575 at the halfway mark.
The Bruins maintained their torrid pace with a season-high tying 49.55 on beam. Winn had another strong leadoff score, totaling a 9.85. Holly Murdock added a 9.825, followed by Antolin's 9.9, Tousek's career-high tying 9.95, Maloney's 9.9 and Richardson's 9.95. Oregon State scored a 49.325 on floor, with Angela Morales tying her career best with a 9.925.
The national team record was in sight as UCLA hit the floor exercise, and the Bruins tied the mark by totaling a school-record 49.875. Peckett's leadoff score of 9.925 was thrown out as each subsequent Bruin scored 9.95 or higher. Maloney's first home floor routine was a hit, scoring a 9.95. Tousek set a new career-high with a 9.975, Dantzscher followed with a 9.95, and Richardson and Antolin tumbled back-to-back perfect routines. Oregon State achieved its season-best overall team score by scoring a 49.275 on beam to hit a 197.175 team total. Plourde led the team with a 9.9, and Heidi Goehring set a new career-high with a 9.875.
"We had a team gathering before going out on floor and said, ' We're going to get the highest floor score we've ever gotten,' and everyone went out there and did their job," said Antolin.
Antolin won her fifth all-around title of the season, followed by Richardson (39.8) and Maloney (39.75).
UCLA vs. Oregon State
TEAM: 1. UCLA, 198.875+; 2. Oregon State, 197.175
VAULT: 1. Antolin (UCLA), 10.0*; 2T. Kristen Maloney (UCLA), Richardson (UCLA), 9.925
BEAM: 1T. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA), 9.95*; 1T. Richardson (UCLA), 9.95; 3T. Antolin (UCLA), Maloney (UCLA), Chelsea Plourde (OSU), 9.9
FLOOR: 1T. Antolin (UCLA), Richardson (UCLA), 10.0*; 3. Tousek (UCLA), 9.975*
+ - sets all-time national team record
* - career-high