April 3, 2004
Raleigh, NC - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team placed first at the NCAA Southeast Regional at North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum Saturday night. UCLA totaled a 197.325 to qualify for the NCAA Championships held at UCLA, along with Nebraska, which edged out third-place North Carolina, 196.375-196.35. The Bruins were aided by a school record 49.725 on vault, highlighted by perfect 10s from both Kristen Maloney and Jeanette Antolin.
UCLA began the meet on the balance beam and received a very solid leadoff routine from freshman Lori Winn that scored a 9.825. Christie Tedmon followed with a 9.8, then Antolin contributed a career-high tying 9.95. After a fall, seniors Yvonne Tousek and Maloney came through in the clutch with scores of 9.9 and 9.95, respectively.
On floor, the Bruins continued to shine, with Maloney earning a 9.9, Tousek and Jamie Dantzscher a 9.875, Antolin a seemingly underscored 9.85 and Ashley Peckett a 9.825 for a team total of 49.325 and a first-place two-event total of 98.75.
The Bruins' record-setting vault rotation started with a 9.75 from Tedmon on a Yurchenko layout half, a 9.875 on a Yurchenko full from Lori Winn and a 9.9 on a Yurchenko layout half from Peckett. Maloney nailed a perfect Yurchenko full and earned her first career perfect 10. Richardson followed with a 9.95 on the same vault, and then Antolin received her seventh consecutive perfect 10 with a powerful stuck Yurchenko full. Antolin's 10.0 was her ninth of the season on vault and her school record 11th perfect 10 overall on the year.
The Bruins finished their championship run on the uneven bars needing to score just a 47.925 to ensure advancement, and reached that total with a 48.85. It wasn't easy, however, as UCLA sweated out two falls but clinched first place after a 9.95 from Antolin and a 9.9 from Dantzscher.
Qualifying for NCAAs along with the UCLA and Nebraska teams are individual all-arounders Courtney Bumpers from North Carolina (39.45) and Janae Cox from West Virginia (39.35).
Antolin won the all-around (39.75) and bars (9.95) and tied for first with Maloney on vault (10.0) and balance beam (9.95). Bumpers placed first on floor with a 9.95.
Final Team Results:
1. UCLA, 197.325; 2. Nebraska, 196.375; 3. West Virginia, 195.275
1T. Kristen Maloney (UCLA), Jeanette Antolin (UCLA), 10.0; 3. Kate Richardson (UCLA), 9.95; Others included: Ashley Peckett (UCLA), 9.9; Lori Winn (UCLA), 9.875; Christie Tedmon (UCLA), 9.75.
Uneven Bars Results:
1. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA), 9.95; 2. Kate Richardson (UCLA), 9.925; 3. Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), 9.9; Others included: Kristen Maloney (UCLA), 9.8; Lori Winn, 9.275; Yvonne Tousek, 9.1
Balance Beam Results:
1. Jeanette Antolin (UCLA), Kristen Maloney (UCLA), 9.95; 3. Yvonne Tousek (UCLA), Christine Robella (UNC), Courtney Bumpers (UNC), Alexandria Gatch (Md.), Gretchen Richter (WVU), 9.9; Others included: Lori Winn (UCLA), 9.825; Christie Tedmon (UCLA), 9.8; Kate Richardson (UCLA), 9.4.
Floor Exercise Results:
1. Courtney Bumpers (UNC), 9.95; 2T. Kristen Maloney (UCLA), Kristi Esposito (NU), Christine Robella (UNC), Olivia Trusty (UNC), Rachel Martinez (Md), 9.9; Others included: Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA), Yvonne Tousek (UCLA), 9.9; Ashley Peckett (UCLA), 9.825; Kate Richardson (UCLA), 9.675