Gymnastics Team Moves Up To No. 2 In National Rankings

March 1, 2000

The UCLA gymnastics team moved up to second in the national rankings, which are now based on regional qualifying score (RQS). UCLA's RQS of 196.55 ranks slightly below top-ranked Georgia (196.715) The regional qualifying score is calculated by taking the team's top six scores, three of which must be away, throwing out the high and averaging the remaining five.

The Bruins are also ranked second on vault (49.24) and floor (49.345) and fourth on bars (49.19) and beam (48.97).

UCLA still owns the highest individual meet marks in the nation this season for team total (197.8, set Feb. 6), floor exercise (49.625, set Feb. 6), uneven bars (49.7, set Feb. 6) and vault (49.425, set Feb. 20).

Individually, the Bruins have a nation-high four gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 in the all-around - No. 5 Mohini Bhardwaj (39.34), No. 7 Heidi Moneymaker (39.295) and Nos. 25 Lena Degteva and Malia Jones (38.98).

The Bruins also have four ranked in the Top 11 on vault - eighth-ranked Moneymaker (9.875), ninth-ranked Bhardwaj and Onnie Willis (9.87) and 11th-ranked Degteva (9.865). Four are ranked in the Top 9 on floor - third-ranked Moneymaker (9.915), seventh-ranked Willis (9.9) and ninth-ranked Degteva and Bhardwaj (9.885). No other school has as many gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 on that event.

On bars, Moneymaker is ranked eighth (9.89), and Degteva ranks 13th (9.88). With a ranking of ninth on beam (9.85), Moneymaker is the only gymnast in the nation ranked in the Top 10 on all four events and the all-around.

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