Feb. 27, 2004
Seattle, Wash. - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team was edged out by 15th-ranked Washington, 197.225 to 197.100 before a crowd of 2,161 at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. After three low scores on the uneven bars in the first rotation put UCLA in a hole early, the Bruins rebounded with marks of 49.475 or higher on the remaining three events, but it wasn't enough to outpoint the Huskies.
Washington took the early lead thanks after UCLA's first three up suffered from falls or major breaks. Despite finishing with three strong performances, led by Jeanette Antolin's 9.950, Yvonne Tousek's 9.925 and Kate Richardson's 9.85, the Bruins scored 48.475 while Washington chalked up a score of 48.725 while opening on vault. Emily Pritchard led the Huskies with a 9.875 on vault, finishing fifth overall on the event.
The Huskies' strong showing on bars during the second rotation allowed them to own a 98.375 to 98.050 advantage at the midpoint of the meet. Washington?s bars score of 49.650 was a school record, bettering the 49.475 they scored two weeks ago in a dual meet victory against Arizona State.
The Huskies turned in three of the top scores on bars led by Pritchard?s first-place finish at 9.975. Carly Dockendorf and Molly Seaman tied UCLA?s Antolin for second with scores of 9.950. For Seaman, the score was a career high. Pritchard's win on bars marked the sixth time in eight meets she has taken top honors on the event. She entered Friday's competition ranked first in the nation on the apparatus.
UCLA, competing on vault during the second rotation, turned in the top four scores, highlighted by Antolin's 10. She is undefeated on vault this season in eight competitions, and her score was her fifth perfect mark this season on the event. Kristen Maloney and Richardson tied for second with 9.95s, and Ashley Peckett was fourth with a 9.9. Lori Winn and Kisha Auld contributed 9.775s.
Washington kept up its strong scoring on beam during the Huskies' third rotation. Thanks to Seaman's career high of 9.975 on beam, Washington scored 49.425. The Bruins scored 49.475 on floor during their third rotation to take a small piece out of the Huskies lead that stood at 147.800 to 147.525 entering the meet's final events. Antolin led all competitors with a 9.95, and Maloney, Richardson and Tousek each scored 9.9.
UCLA posted a 49.575 on the beam during its final rotation, but Washington hit on all of its floor routines to score 49.425 and wrap up the win. Dockendorf and Pritchard both scored 9.925s on floor to tie for second place. Maloney just missed out on a perfect 10 on beam, instead scoring a meet-high tying 9.975. Richardson placed third with a 9.95, and Tousek and Winn tied for fourth with a 9.9. Antolin (9.85) and Jamie Williams (9.75) also posted strong marks.
Antolin won the all-around for the fourth consecutive time, scoring a 39.75. Pritchard placed second with a career-high 39.725, and Richardson was third with a 39.65. Richardson's former club teammate Carly Dockendorf placed fourth with a 39.525, followed by Maloney with a 39.275 and Winn with a 38.525.