UCLA Places Second At Pac-10 Championships

March 20, 2004

Complete Results

Just one week after defeating Florida by the smallest margin possible, .025, UCLA lost the 2004 Pac-10 Conference Championship by the same margin, placing second to Stanford, which scored 197.9 to the Bruins' 197.875. Oregon State took third with a score of 197.075.

The Bruins' defense of the Pac-10 title began with an impressive rotation on floor during which they scored a 49.65. Sophomore Kate Richardson successfully defended her floor title, scoring a 10.0 for the second consecutive year. Jeanette Antolin added a 9.975, Yvonne Tousek and Lori Winn a 9.9 (career-high tying score for Winn), and Ashley Peckett a 9.875.

While the Bruins were on a bye in rotation three, Stanford racked up a 49.65 on beam with five scores of 9.9 or higher, including a pair of 9.95s from Natalie Foley and Lindsay Wing, to surge ahead with a two-event score of 99.125.

UCLA reclaimed the lead in rotation four, scoring a 49.575 on vault to tally a team total of 99.225, one-tenth ahead of the Cardinal. Antolin also successfully defended her conference vault title, scoring a 10.0, her sixth consecutive. Richardson and Kristen Maloney each added scores of 9.95.

With Stanford holding a three-event total of 148.5, UCLA went to the uneven bars for its third event. Winn led off with a solid 9.875. Maloney and Tousek followed with 9.9s. Richardson earned a 9.875, and Antolin scored a 9.95 to give UCLA a team total on bars of 49.5 and three-event score of 148.725, .225 ahead of the Cardinal.

In the final rotation, UCLA and Stanford battled head-to-head, the Bruins on beam, the Cardinal on vault. Stanford's Shelly Goldberg hit a 9.9 leadoff score to put the pressure on the Bruins, and Caroline Fluhrer followed with a 9.925. Leadoff beam performer Winn scored a 9.55 after touching down on the beam after a straddle full. Antolin followed her with a 9.85, around the same time that Stanford's Jessica Louie scored a 9.675 on vault. Christie Tedmon tied her career-high with a 9.9 in the third position for UCLA, and Maloney scored a meet-high tying 9.95. However, Stanford kicked it up a notch on vault, with Lise Leveille scoring a 9.9 and Foley recording a perfect 10. Wing's 9.55 score was thrown out. With Stanford's 49.4 vault score in hand, Tousek came up on beam and scored a 9.9, setting up Richardson for the deciding score. Needing a 9.6 to win, Richardson suffered a rare fall on her flight series and scored a 9.425.

"It's hard to feel that in the big picture, this is going to do us a lot more good," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "It's nice to see that there's enough parity in the Pac-10 where you can't count a fall and win. If we were looking for something to fire us up for next month, this will certainly do that."

Foley won the all-around with a 39.8. Antolin placed second with a 39.775. Antolin won the vault (10.0) and bars (9.95, tied with Foley) titles. Richardson was first on floor (10.0), and Maloney finished in a six-way tie for first on beam (9.95) with Arizona State's Ashley Kelly, Cal's My-Lan Dodd, Stanford's Caroline Fluhrer and Lindsay Wing, and Washington's Molly Seaman.

Antolin walked home with Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year honors. Stanford's Kristen Smyth was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and Oregon State's Chelsea Plourde was selected the Freshman of the Year.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. NCAA Regionals
Salt Lake City, UT
2nd, 196,375
Friday, Apr 15
vs. NCAA Team Semifinals
Fort Worth, TX
3rd, 196.700
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. NCAA Super Six
Fort Worth, TX
5th, 196.825