Feb. 2, 2004
UCLA Hosts Stanford Feb. 8 - The third-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team (4-2) will host seventh-ranked Stanford (5-1) in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 pm. An autograph session with the Bruin team will take place at the conclusion of the meet.
TV Coverage - Fox Sports Net will be televising the meet on a delayed basis. The meet will air on Thur., Feb. 12 at Noon on Fox Sports West. Chris Marlowe and former Olympic medalist Kathy Johnson Clarke will call the action.
Live Scoring - Fans unable to attend Sunday's meet can follow the action live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Live scoring updates and play-by-play text commentary will be provided periodically throughout the meet.
Pac-10 Powers Clash - The only two schools to win the Pac-10 Championship in the last seven years will face off in a dual meet on Sunday in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has won the last two Pac-10 titles and 11 overall. Stanford has two conference championships, having won in 2001 and 1998. Last season, the two teams met in a dual meet in Palo Alto and finished in a dead heat with identical scores of 197.45. UCLA came from behind in the final rotation to secure the tie. The Bruins defeated Stanford later in the season at the Pac-10 Championships. UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 34-4-1.
A Look At The Cardinal - Stanford ranks seventh in the nation with a season average of 196.6 and a team-high of 197.4 posted in its last meet against Washington. In that meet, three-time defending Pac-10 beam champion Lindsay Wing earned a perfect 10 on beam. Stanford has four strong all-arounders in Wing (season high of 39.5), Natalie Foley (39.65), Caroline Fluhrer (39.55) and Lise L?veill? (39.65). Foley ranks eighth nationally in the all-around.
Richardson Scores Two 10s as UCLA Defeats ASU, CSUF - Sophomore Kate Richardson earned back-to-back perfect 10s on the balance beam and floor exercise and led UCLA to a triangular meet victory over Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins recorded a score of 197.55 for the second consecutive meet, and Richardson duplicated her all-around total from the previous meet, earning a 39.75 to place first. In addition to her perfect scores on beam and floor, her third and fourth 10.0s of the season, she set a new career high on the uneven bars with a 9.95 to tie for first. Richardson has hit all 16 routines she has competed this season, scoring 9.9 or higher 15 times. She has won the all-around in three of four meets and averages a national-best 39.762.
Maloney Gets Better And Better - Showing no signs of rust after sitting out the last two seasons with a leg injury, senior Kristen Maloney has been nothing short of impressive in her first season of competition since April of 2001. Her first competitive routine earned her a career-high tying 9.85 on vault, and she has continued to raise the bar in subsequent meets, upping her career-highs to 9.9 on vault and 9.95 on bars. The former Olympian ranks fourth in the nation on beam (9.915 average) and 24th on vault (9.881 average).
Williams Realizing Potential - Senior Jamie Williams has been one of UCLA's most pleasant surprises so far in 2004, earning a solid spot in the Bruin lineup on both beam and floor in UCLA's last four meets. Williams, the former walk-on who saw action in just one meet last season, had a fantastic season debut in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 16, earning a career-high 9.9 on beam and a 9.775 on floor. At Minnesota two weeks ago, she led off on floor with a 9.775 and then hit a pressure-packed routine on beam for a score of 9.85, and last Sunday, she scored a season-best 9.8 to lead off on floor. Williams averages 9.775 on floor this season.
Bruins In The Rankings - UCLA is ranked No. 3 in this week's national rankings, which are based on season average. Three scores of 197+ in UCLA's last three meets increased the team's season average to 196.79. The Bruins hold the top spot on balance beam, averaging 49.395 with a high of 49.55. UCLA ranks fifth on bars (49.225), 12th on floor (49.165) and 14th on vault (49.005). Individually, Kate Richardson and Jeanette Antolin rank 1-2 in the all-around with averages of 39.762 and 39.725, respectively. On vault, Antolin ranks first with a 9.969 average. Richardson ranks sixth (9.931) and Maloney 24th (9.881). Antolin and Richardson are second and fourth, respectively, on bars (9.931 for Antolin, 9.925 for Richardson). Five Bruins rank in the Top 7 on beam - No. 1 Richardson (9.969), No. 3 Maloney (9.915), Nos. 7 Christie Tedmon (9.9), Yvonne Tousek and Antolin (9.9). On floor exercise, Richardson is tied for fifth (9.937), Antolin ranks eighth (9.925), and Tousek is tied for 20th (9.894).
Newcomers Make Strong Contributions - Freshmen Lori Winn, Ashley Peckett and Aimee Walker and junior Kisha Auld have become regulars in UCLA's lineup in their first season with the program. Winn has competed in the all-around four times, with a high of 39.375 in her collegiate debut against Utah and a season average of 39.075. She also boasts season highs of 9.9 on vault, beam and floor and 9.875 on bars. Peckett, after missing the first meet due to injury, has come back strong. At Minnesota, she earned season-highs on bars (9.75) and floor (9.85). She also has a season-best of 9.875 on vault. Walker was a late substitute in the Utah meet and made her UCLA competitive debut on the floor exercise, scoring a 9.65 on a routine valued at a 9.8. She made the competition lineup on bars and floor at Arizona, and scored a 9.775 on bars and 9.625 on floor. Walker averages 9.742 on bars. Auld, a junior vault specialist who has been out of gymnastics for five years, earned a spot in the Bruins' competition lineup at Arizona and Georgia. In her first counting meet, she performed a Tsukahara layout full, one of the most difficult vaults in collegiate gymnastics, and scored a 9.875. At Georgia, however, she suffered an ankle injury and has been sidelined since.
UCLA Hosts 2004 NCAA Championships - UCLA will host the 2004 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Apr. 15-17 in Pauley Pavilion. Team preliminaries begin on Thursday, Apr. 15 with an afternoon and evening session. The top three teams from each preliminary session advance to Friday's Super Six Team Finals, and the individual event finals take place on Saturday, Apr. 17. Tickets for the Championships are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office by calling 310-UCLA-WIN or visiting the ticket office website at www.tickets.ucla.edu.
Schwikert, Vanden Eykel To Join Bruins In 2005 - UCLA has signed U.S. Olympian and 2003 World Championship gold medalist Tasha Schwikert and former junior U.S. national champion Lindsay Vanden Eykel to national letters of intent. The duo will join the Bruin squad for the 2005 season. Schwikert is a two-time U.S. all-around champion (2001, 2002), as well as the 2003 all-around runner-up, the 2002 bars and floor champion and the 2001 beam champion. Vanden Eykel won the junior national title in her first season as a junior international elite in 1999 and repeated in 2000. In 2003, she placed in the Top 10 in the all-around and second on bars at the American Classic.
Dantzscher Still Out With Injury - An ankle injury has sidelined senior superstar Jamie Dantzscher so far this season and will limit her to just one event upon return. The four-time NCAA champion will compete only on the uneven bars, an event on which she has scored six perfect 10s and averaged a national-best 9.954 a year ago. Dantzscher is the defending NCAA co-champion on this event, sharing the title with teammate Kate Richardson.