April 6, 2000
LOS ANGELES - UCLA (25-5, ranked and seeded No. 2) will seek its second NCAA team title in four years when it competes in the NCAA Gymnastics Championships Apr. 13-15 in Boise, ID.
COMPETITION FORMAT - The three-day competition begins on Thursday, Apr. 13 at the BSU Pavilion with two sessions (1:00 pm and 7:00 pm MT) of preliminary team competition. The Top 3 teams from each Thursday session will advance to the team finals (The "Super Six"), which will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, Apr. 14. The individual event finals competition will be held Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:00 pm. The all-around champion and individual event finalists will be determined during the preliminary competition. Individuals qualify for event finals by placing in the top four (including ties) of that particular event during their own preliminary session.
THE TEAMS - Competing in the Championships (in order of seed) are Alabama (197.3 Regional score), UCLA (197.025), Nebraska (196.875), Georgia (196.725), Michigan (196.55), Utah (196.325), Oregon State (196.175), Iowa State (196.1), Penn State (195.925), LSU (195.65), West Virginia (195.475) and BYU (194.7).
UCLA TO COMPETE IN EVENING SESSION - In a blind draw conducted by the NCAA, UCLA drew the evening (7:00 pm) session, along with Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa State, Penn State and West Virginia. Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Oregon State, LSU and BYU will vie for three spots in the Super Six during the afternoon (1:00 pm) session.
ROTATION ORDER - UCLA will begin the preliminary competition on beam. After competing on beam, the Bruins will then move to a bye, floor, vault and another bye before ending on bars. This is the same rotation order UCLA used this season to win the Pac-10 Championships with a score of 197.7. Below is the complete rotation order for the second preliminary session:
Afternoon Session Rotation Draw:
UCLA AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - The Bruins won its first-ever NCAA Championship in 1997, breaking the Utah-Georgia-Alabama triumvirate which had won all the other previous titles. This is UCLA's ninth consecutive and 17th overall appearance in the 19 NCAA Championships. UCLA and Georgia are the only two teams to qualify for every Super Six.
MONEYMAKER HOPES TO CASH IN ON MORE NCAA HARDWARE - Bruin senior Heidi Moneymaker, the defending NCAA vault champion and the 1998 bars champion, will attempt to add more trophies to her collection. Moneymaker, along with her teammates Mohini Bhardwaj and Lena Degteva, is a strong contender for event titles on all four events and the all-around. Moneymaker and Alabama's Andree Pickens (beam) are the only returning 1999 event champions. Iowa State's Betsy Hamm won the NCAA beam title in 1998 while competing for Florida.
INDIVIDUAL NCAA HISTORY - Five Bruins have won NCAA titles - Kim Hamilton (1987-89 floor, 1989 vault), Jill Andrews (1988 vault, 1989 beam), Stella Umeh (1995 and 1998 floor), Heidi Moneymaker (1998 bars, 1999 vault) and Kiralee Hayashi (1999 beam). Two other Bruins won AIAW national titles - Sharon Shapiro (1980-81 all-around and vault, 1980 bars, 1980 beam, 1980 floor) and Diane Dovas (1981 bars). Shapiro remains the only gymnast ever to sweep the all-around and all four events in one year. Hamilton is the only woman to win three consecutive floor titles. UCLA has won two individual titles in each of the last two years.
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAAs - UCLA won its preliminary session to advance to the Super Six, but two falls on the beam in their last rotation put the Bruins out of contention in the team finals. UCLA finished the meet in fifth place for the second consecutive year. Individually, Heidi Moneymaker became the first UCLA gymnast to earn the maximum five first-team All-America honors (Sharon Shapiro accomplished this feat in 1980 at the AIAW Championships). Despite competing on two sprained ankles, Moneymaker placed third in the all-around at the team prelims then won the vault at the event finals competing a vault (a Phelps) she had learned just that week. Kiralee Hayashi claimed a share of the beam title with her winning mark of 9.9. Moneymaker, Hayashi, Lena Degteva, Mohini Bhardwaj and Luisa Portocarrero combined to earn a school-record 17 All-American honors.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR - UCLA entered the 1997 season as the pre-season No. 1, saw Georgia assume the role of favorites during the regular season, then proved they were worthy of the No. 1 ranking by winning the school's first-ever NCAA Gymnastics title.
Georgia opened the door early for UCLA, counting two falls on beam while the Bruins were on a first-rotation bye. In contrast, the Bruins scored a 49.2 on beam to stay in contention. Going into the final rotation, UCLA and Michigan trailed Arizona State, which ended its meet with a final score of 196.6. The Bruins and Wolverines needed a 49.25 in the final rotation to overtake the Sun Devils. While Michigan could only score 48.875 on floor, UCLA recorded a school-record 49.525 to win the crown with a final score of 197.15.
BRUINS HAVE GOOD HISTORY IN BOISE - The last time UCLA competed in Boise was at the 1997 NCAA West Regionals, which the Bruins won on their way to the NCAA Championship. UCLA also won a dual meet in 1996 at BSU Pavilion.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
Only four teams have ever won the NCAA title in the 18 years of the Championships - Utah (9), Georgia (5), Alabama (3) and UCLA (1).
Nine schools return from the 1999 NCAA Championships - Georgia (1st place), Michigan (2nd), Alabama (3rd), UCLA (5th), Nebraska (6th), Utah (7th), Penn State (8th), LSU (9th) and West Virginia (12th). Nineteen-ninety-nine competitors not qualifying in 2000 are Arizona State (4th) and Florida and Stanford (tied for 10th).
This year's championship is the first neutral site championship since Minnesota hosted in 1992.
UCLA ranks fourth with 11 individual titles. Georgia leads all teams with 24.
The Pac-10 Conference has qualified two teams to the NCAA Championships - UCLA and Oregon State. The conference has been represented by at least two teams in all 19 championships. A record six Pac-10 teams competed in the 1992 Championships.
UCLA vs. 2000 FIELD - The Bruins have amassed a 1-2 record against their preliminary session opponents. UCLA lost to Michigan and Nebraska in the season-opening Super Six Challenge but beat Michigan Mar. 5 at the Bruin Classic. Against the rest of the field, UCLA is 3-3. The Bruins defeated Oregon State three times and lost to Alabama and Georgia at the Super Six Challenge and to Utah Feb. 14.
DEGTEVAS MEET AGAIN - The NCAA Championships will be the setting of a family reunion for the Degteva family. UCLA's Lena Degteva and LSU's Marina Degteva will compete in the same collegiate meet for just the second and the last time (they competed head to head last season in the afternoon session at NCAAs). Lena, a senior, and Marina, a sophomore, trained together under their mother Svetlana at Gymnastics Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. This will be the first time Svetlana has seen her two daughters compete in the same collegiate meet.
BRUINS WIN REGIONALS TO EARN NCAA BERTH - Needing to place in the Top 2 at Regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championships, UCLA won its regional Apr. 1 in Corvallis, OR with a score of 197.025, the second-highest mark in all six Regionals, despite three falls on the balance beam. The Bruins had a large cushion prior to beam due to scores of 49.4+ on floor, vault and bars.
BHARDWAJ WINS ALL-AROUND TITLE - For the third time in her last three meets, junior Mohini Bhardwaj won the Region 1 all-around title with a score of 39.65. Bhardwaj recorded scores of 9.875 on vault (fifth place) and 9.925s on bars (first place), beam (first place) and floor (second place). Heidi Moneymaker (39.575) and Lena Degteva (39.3) completed the Bruins' 1-2-3 sweep and won individual titles of their own - Moneymaker on floor and Degteva on vault and bars.
UCLA REPEATS AT PAC-10 CHAMPS - The Bruins won their ninth Pac-10 title Mar. 18 in Tempe, AZ with a season-high away score of 197.7. UCLA hit six for six on beam to start the meet and cruised the rest of the way. Mohini Bhardwaj won the all-around title with a score of 39.7 and also won titles on vault (career-high tying 9.95) and floor (9.925, tied with Heidi Moneymaker and two ASU gymnasts). Lena Degteva placed first on bars (career-high 9.975) and beam (season-high 9.925). She also placed second in the all-around with a 39.675. The Bruins now have a Pac-10 high 60 conference individual titles, including a record 10 all-around champions. Bhardwaj's all-around win gave UCLA seven all-around crowns in the last eight years.
BRUINS SWEEP PAC-10 AWARDS - After sweeping the individual titles and team title at the Pac-10 Championships, the accolades kept rolling in for the Bruins- UCLA swept the Pac-10 awards as well, with head coach Valorie Kondos earning Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career, senior Heidi Moneymaker becoming UCLA's fourth consecutive Gymnast of the Year, and Doni Thompson winning the inaugural Freshman of the Year award.
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.
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 ranked first nationally on vault and have four athletes ranked in the Top 20, 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 layout Yurchenko Arabians. UCLA has scored above 49.0 on vault in all but one meet this year, including six scores of 49.4 or higher in six of its last seven meets, and scored a school record and national season-high 49.65 Mar. 5.
DEFENDING NCAA VAULT CHAMP IMPROVES STATUS - At a time when many collegiate gymnasts are struggling to compete one 10.0 start value vault, reigning NCAA vault champion Heidi Moneymaker has not one, not two, but THREE 10.0 vaults in her repertoire. She has competed a handspring front pike with a half-twist, a Phelps and now the most difficult vault being performed at the collegiate level - a handspring front layout with a half-twist, on which she has scored two perfect 10.0s.
BRUINS RAISE THE BAR - The Bruins set a new school record on bars Feb. 6 with a 49.7 out of 50, eclipsing the old record by .175. Doni Thompson started the record-setting set with a career-high 9.925. Onnie Willis followed with a 9.975. Kristin Parker and Lena Degteva followed that with then-career-highs of 9.925. Heidi Moneymaker's 9.85 was thrown out when Mohini Bhardwaj finished the set with a career-high 9.95. The Bruins averaged 9.925 in their six routines. Four Bruins have scored 9.975 this season - Willis Feb. 6, Moneymaker and Bhardwaj twice on Feb. 11 and Mar. 5 and Degteva Mar. 18. UCLA has averaged 49.445 in its last five meets.
UCLA FABULOUS ON FLOOR - UCLA's most consistent event this season has been floor. In all 12 meets, the Bruins have scored 49.0 or higher and are averaging 49.36 over the season with 26 scores of 9.9 or above. Over their last five meets, UCLA is averaging 49.46. On Feb. 6, the Bruins recorded a school record 49.625 after Malia Jones posted a 9.875, Lena Degteva posted a 9.9 and Mohini Bhardwaj, Onnie Willis and Heidi Moneymaker scored 9.95s.
UCLA ON VAULT
Five of the Bruin regulars have 10.0 start value vaults - Lena Degteva and Onnie Willis (laid-out Yurchenko Arabian), Heidi Moneymaker (layout front with a half-twist), Kristin Parker (pike front with a half-twist), and Mohini Bhardwaj (Laid-out Yurchenko one-and-a-half). Alternate Lindsey Dong is capable of a layout Phelps. UCLA's leadoff vaulter Malia Jones throws a 9.9-start value vault (pike front) which she performs with such precision that she averages a 9.781 (9.8375 in her last four meets).
UCLA's best vault performance came at the Bruin Classic Mar. 5 when they scored a school record 49.65. Degteva and Moneymaker scored back-to-back perfect 10s, and the Bruins also received scores of 9.925 from Bhardwaj, 9.875 from Parker and 9.85 from Jones.
The Bruins have scored 49+ all but one meet and are averaging 49.55 over their last three meets.
All six vaulters average 9.78 or better - Jones (9.781), Parker (9.785), Willis (9.873), Degteva (9.877), Bhardwaj (9.878) and Moneymaker (9.882).
Three Bruins have scored perfect 10.0s on vault - Moneymaker (twice), Willis and Degteva.
All six Bruin vaulters placed in the Top 10 at Regionals.
Moneymaker is the defending NCAA vault champion and won her title last season with two 10.0 start value vaults (pike front with a half-twist and layout Phelps).
In NCAA Championship competition, Degteva averages a 9.83 on vault. She has earned first-team All-America honors on this event three consecutive years.
Bhardwaj qualified for event finals in 1998 and placed seventh. She placed fifth at the 1997 World Championships on vault.
UCLA ON BARS
The Bruins scored a school-record 49.7 Feb. 6.
UCLA has scored 49+ in its last five meets, including a 49.625 at the Pac-10 Championships.
Six Bruins have "E" level dismounts - Jones (double layout), Parker (double front), Willis (double front with a half-twist), Degteva (full-in), Moneymaker (double layout) and Bhardwaj (full-twisting double layout).
Six Bruins average 9.7 or better: Valerie Velasco (9.7), Jones (9.703), Degteva (9.761), Thompson (9.763), Moneymaker (9.783) and Bhardwaj (9.84).
Moneymaker, the 1998 NCAA champion, and Bhardwaj a two-time first-team All-American on this event, have each posted a pair of 9.975s. Willis and Degteva have also scored a 9.975 this year.
Degteva, Bhardwaj and Moneymaker competed in the event finals on bars last year, with Degteva placing fourth with a 9.9 and Bhardwaj eighth with a 9.875.
UCLA ON BEAM
The Bruins have scored 49+ only five times, with a season-best of 49.15 accomplished three times.
Three Bruins have double-back dismounts ("E"-valued) - Bhardwaj, Degteva, Moneymaker.
Thompson has hit on beam nine out of 10 times in the leadoff position.
Degteva holds the second-highest beam score in school history - a 9.95 set at the 1997 Regionals.
Degteva won the 2000 Pac-10 beam title with a 9.925. Bhardwaj and Moneymaker placed second with 9.9s.
Bhardwaj is averaging 9.908 in her last three meets and won the Region 1 title Apr. 1.
Moneymaker is averaging 9.84 in her last five meets
UCLA ON FLOOR
UCLA set a school record of 49.625 Feb. 6 after counting no score lower than 9.875 (including three 9.95s).
The Bruins have scored 49+ in all 12 meets and 49.4 or higher in four of the last five meets.
Moneymaker has a team-high five wins on floor, including victories at the Pac-10s and Regionals.
Five Bruins average 9.8 or better on floor: Jones (9.827), Willis (9.868), Degteva (9.884), Bhardwaj (9.9) and Moneymaker (9.916). The other two regulars on floor average 9.77 or higher - Thompson (9.771) and Parker (9.782). All seven of these athletes have hit every floor routine this year.
Some of the nation's most difficult tumbling will be seen here - Bhardwaj opens with a double layout. Moneymaker opens with a whip to immediate double pike. Degteva has back-to-back passes starting with a double full-punch front and ending with a double back. Willis opens with a front full through to a double back, and Jones with a whip to double pike.
Four Bruins are expected to compete all-around at NCAAs: Moneymaker (high of 39.775 - school record), Bhardwaj (39.725), Degteva (39.7) and Parker (39.15).
Moneymaker (third place) and Degteva (sixth place) are returning first-team All-Americans. Degteva was a second-team All-American her first two seasons, and Moneymaker her sophomore year. Bhardwaj earned second-team honors last year.
Bhardwaj has won the all-around in each of her last three meets and seven times in her 10 meets this year. Moneymaker has two all-around victories, and Degteva one.
Three freshmen have competed all-around - Parker, Willis (freshman school record 39.525) and Jones (high of 39.425) - as has sophomore Valerie Velasco once (38.3).
UCLA IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS - In the final national rankings (by regional qualifying score), UCLA finished ranked second with an all-time high RQS of 197.015. The Bruins ranked first on vault (49.410), second on bars (49.380), sixth on beam (49.070) and third on floor (49.410).
Individually, Mohini Bhardwaj was the Bruins' top all-arounder at second (39.585). Heidi Moneymaker was 13th (39.35) and Lena Degteva 15th (39.33). Bhardwaj is also ranked 10th on vault (9.895), first on bars (9.945), sixth on beam (9.89) and 12th on floor (9.91). Moneymaker is also ranked on all four events, placing seventh on vault (9.905), bars (9.915) and floor (9.925) and ninth on beam (9.88). Degteva ranks 12th on vault (9.895), 21st on bars (9.895) and 18th on floor (9.905). Onnie Willis ranks 17th on vault (9.885) and 14th on floor (9.905).
THE COMEBACK KIDS - Freshman Doni Thompson not only made her collegiate debut Jan. 8, but she also competed in her first meet in four and a half years. The former U.S. National Team member retired from gymnastics in 1995 after winning gold medals at the Pan Am Games (team) and USA Championships (beam) and a bronze at the World Championships (team). She returned in 1998 but had not competed since the 1995 Worlds. Thompson showed little signs of rust in her first meet at the Super Six Challenge, scoring a 9.8 on bars and a 9.775 on floor. She was also the only Bruin to stay on the beam, scoring a 9.525. Thompson has hit 28 of 30 routines this season, including nine routines in the precarious and very important leadoff position. Her value to the team was demonstrated when she was voted the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year.
Redshirt freshman Amy Young, out for two years with two ACL surgeries to her left knee, made her comeback this season, competing on beam five times for the Bruins. In her first home meet ever as a Bruin (Feb. 20), she scored a career-high 9.8 to tie for second place.
UPDATED ATHLETE BIOSMOHINI BHARDWAJ - Five-time All-American Mohini Bhardwaj added three Regional and three Pac-10 titles to her impressive resume, winning the all-around, bars and beam titles at Regionals and the all-around, vault and floor crowns at Pac-10s. Bhardwaj finishes the regular season ranked first nationally on bars and second in the all-around, as well as sixth on beam, 10th on vault and 12th on floor. In her 10 meets this season, she is averaging 39.398, with three scores of 39.7 or higher and six scores of 39.5 or higher. Over her last three meets, she is averaging 39.69 in the all-around, 9.92 on vault, 9.94 on bars, 9.91 on beam and 9.925 on floor. She leads the team in individual wins with 24, including a team-high seven (including three consecutive) in the all-around. Bhardwaj, the Pac-10's gymnast of the week Jan. 18, averages over 9.8 on vault, bars and floor. Bhardwaj has recorded scores of 9.9 or higher in 24 out of 40 routines this year. Career-High Scores: V - 9.95, UB - 9.975, BB - 9.925, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.725.
LENA DEGTEVA - Eight-time All-American and team co-captain Lena Degteva continues to show that gymnasts can get better with age. The 23 year-old added two NCAA Region 1 titles to her credit, with winning marks of 9.975 on vault and 9.925 on bars. She also grabbed two more Pac-10 titles Mar. 18, winning the bars with a career-high 9.975 and the beam with a season-best 9.925. On Mar. 5, she scored her first career 10.0 with a perfect mark on vault. Also at that meet, Degteva set a new all-around career mark with a 39.7, the fifth-highest score in school history. For her accomplishments, Degteva was awarded the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. In the national rankings, Degteva is 15th in the all-around, 12th on vault, 18th on floor and 21st on bars. In her last four meets, Degteva is averaging 9.877 on vault and 9.884 on floor. She has hit 21 of her last 22 routines without a miss. In her last three meets, she is averaging 9.967 on vault. Career-High Scores: V - 10.0, UB - 9.975, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.7.
LINDSEY DONG - Sophomore Lindsey Dong has suited up for the Bruins on vault three times. She is averaging 9.644 with a season-best of 9.675. Her career high is 9.85, set at the Pac-10s last season. Career-High Scores: V - 9.85, FX - 9.475.
STEPHANIE JOHNSON - Sophomore team co-captain Stephanie Johnson has seen action in two meets, competing on beam (9.125) Feb. 11 and on vault (9.575) Feb. 27. Career-High Scores: V - 9.625, BB - 9.125.
MALIA JONES - Freshman Malia Jones has been rock solid for the Bruins in her first season. Jones has scored 39+ in the all-around four times, with a career-high of 39.425. She averages 9.827 in the leadoff position on floor and 9.781 in the leadoff position on vault (the start value of her vault is 9.9). In her last four meets, she has averaged 9.8375 on vault with two scores of 9.85. She has also won bars twice, with wins at Utah and at the UCLA Invitational. Career-High Scores: V - 9.85, UB - 9.925, BB - 9.875, FX - 9.875, AA - 39.425.
HEIDI MONEYMAKER - Senior Heidi Moneymaker continues to show why she is considered one of the top gymnasts in the nation. The eight-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion has re-written the UCLA record books this season, becoming the first Bruin ever to score two perfect 10s on the same apparatus, accomplishing that feat with one of the most difficult vaults in the nation, a handspring front layout with a half-twist. Moneymaker also set a new school all-around record with a 39.775 Feb. 11 and has scored 39.5+ five times in 2000. The Region 1 and Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year has 17 individual wins this year, including a team-high five apiece on vault and floor. Recently, she won the Region 1 and Pac-10 titles on floor. She is ranked 13th nationally in the all-around, seventh on floor, vault and bars and ninth on beam. Moneymaker has scored 9.9 or higher on floor in 10 of 11 meets (her only sub-9.9 came in the season opener, where she scored a 9.85) and is also averaging 9.8625 in her last four meets on beam. Career-High Scores: V - 10.0, UB - 9.975, BB - 9.925, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.775.
KRISTIN PARKER - After missing two meets (Feb. 11 and Feb. 14) with a shin contusion and thigh bruise, freshman Kristin Parker returned to action on vault and bars in time for the Feb .20 and Feb. 27 meets and returned to the all-around lineup Mar. 5. In her first meet back from the injury, she set a new career-high on the vault with a 9.9. Since her return, Parker has scored 9.9 or higher on bars in three of her five meets, including a career-high tying 9.925 at the Pac-10s, which tied her for second place. She also recorded a career-high of 9.9 on floor and 9.875 on beam at Regionals. Parker has recorded all-around scores of 39+ in her last two meets. Career-High Scores: V - 9.9, UB - 9.925, BB - 9.875, FX - 9.9, AA - 39.15.
DONI THOMPSON - Freshman Doni Thompson has been UCLA's most consistent athlete and the Bruins' valuable leadoff on bars and beam. She has hit nine of 10 leadoff beam routines and 11 of 12 leadoff bar routines, with career-bests of 9.925 on bars and 9.85 on beam. She also holds a career-high mark of 9.85 on floor, with a 9.771 average. Thompson, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, has hit 28 of 30 routines on the year. Career-High Scores: UB - 9.925, BB - 9.85, FX - 9.85.
VALERIE VELASCO - Sophomore Valerie Velasco has competed in five meets, including an all-around stint Feb. 27. Velasco has season-highs of 9.7 on bars, 9.85 on beam and 9.65 on floor. Career-High Scores: V - 9.75, UB - 9.775, BB - 9.85, FX - 9.85, AA - 38.85.
ONNIE WILLIS - Willis has established new freshman school records on vault (10.0), bars (9.975), floor (tied, 9.95) and all-around (39.525). Her 10.0 on vault Feb. 20 was just the fifth in school history on that event (10th on any event) and the first ever by a freshman. She also tied a Pauley Pavilion record with a 9.975 on bars (third-highest score in school history). Willis, who ranks in the Top 20 nationally on floor (14th) and vault (17th), has seven individual wins this season, including three apiece on vault and floor. At the Pac-10 meet, she tied for second on bars with a 9.925. In her last three meets, Willis is averaging 9.938 on vault, 9.875 on bars and 9.89 on floor. Career-High Scores: V - 10.0, UB - 9.975, BB - 9.8, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.525.
AMY YOUNG - Despite suffering two ACL injuries in two years, redshirt freshman Amy Young has returned in 2000, competing for the Bruins on beam. She established a career-high 9.8 to tie for second at the UCLA Invitational Feb. 20. Career-High Scores: BB - 9.8.
DEAR DIARY - Get all the inside information about the Bruins' season every other Thursday on UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos' online diary at CNN-SI.com.
UCLA AGAIN SIGNS TOP RECRUITING CLASS - UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos signed in 1999 what was considered to be the greatest recruiting class in the history of the sport. This year, she one-upped that by signing an even more impressive group of recruits.
Kondos signed three 1999 World Championships competitors and 2000 Olympic hopefuls to national letters of intent in November and reaffirmed commitments with two other Olympic hopefuls who originally signed letters of intent a year ago. The three signed this year are five-time U.S. National Team member Jeanette Antolin (Huntington Beach, Calif./SCATS), 1999 U.S. bars champion Jamie Dantzscher (Palmdale, Calif./Charter Oaks Gliders) and 1996 Olympian and 1999 Canadian vault and floor champion Yvonne Tousek (Cambridge, Ont./Cambridge Kips).
Joining the trio in the freshman class of 2001 will be two-time defending national all-around champion Kristen Maloney (Allentown, PA/Parkettes/Pen Argyl HS) and 1999 World Championships qualifier Alyssa Beckerman (Middletown, NJ/Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy/Wyoming HS), who originally signed letters of intent a year ago and deferred enrollment until after the 2000 Olympics. Maloney and Beckerman signed new grant-in-aids forms for the 2000-2001 school year.