March 16, 2004
This Week - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team (10-4) will kick off post-season competition on Saturday, Mar. 20 at the Pac-10 Conference Championship. The Championships will take place at the McKale Center in Tucson, AZ at 6:00 pm MT. The Bruins have won a Pac-10 best 11 titles overall, including two straight and four in the last five years.
Rotation Order - UCLA will begin the meet on a bye before floor and will finish the meet on beam. Rotation order for the championship meet was determined by blind draw a year prior to the meet.
TV - Fox Sports Net will televise the meet on a tape-delayed basis. It will be aired locally on Fox Sports West on Thursday, Mar. 25 at 12:00 pm. Check your local listings for other broadcast dates and times. Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke will call the action.
Pac-10 History - With 11 Pac-10 titles (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), UCLA has won the most conference championships. Oregon State (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996) and Stanford (1998, 2001) are the only other teams to win the title. Bruins dominate in the individual championships as well, with a conference-best 52 individual champions. The Bruins have been especially dominant in the all-around. The last seven Pac-10 all-around champions have been Bruins - Kate Richardson in 2003, Onnie Willis in 2002, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000 and 2001, Heidi Moneymaker in 1999, Stella Umeh in 1998 and Leah Homma in 1997. UCLA has won 10 of the last 11 all-around titles and 13 overall. UCLA gymnasts have won 13 titles on bars, 11 on floor, eight on vault and seven on beam.
Richardson, Antolin Look To Defend Their Titles - Conference all-around and floor champion Kate Richardson and reigning vault champion Jeanette Antolin are back to try to defend their titles. Richardson won her all-around crown with a Pac-10 Championships record 39.825 and scored a perfect 10 on floor. Antolin was perfect as well on vault, earning only the third perfect 10 on vault in the Championships' history. Senior Jamie Dantzscher is also a former Pac-10 champion on uneven bars (2002) and floor exercise (2002, 2001).
Seven other returning and former champions are expected to compete as well - Stanford's Caroline Fluhrer (2001 vault), Lindsay Wing (2001, 2002 and 2003 beam) and Lise Leveille (2001 and 2002 beam); Washington's Emily Pritchard (2002 vault) and Carly Dockendorf (2003 bars); Arizona's Stevie Fanning (2002 beam) and Oregon State's Chrissy Lamun (2003 floor).
Conference Awards To Be Handed Out - Conference awards for Gymnast of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year will be handed out at the conclusion of the meet. Last season, UCLA's Onnie Willis earned Gymnast of the Year honors, giving the Bruins seven consecutive Gymnast of the Year awards (also Jamie Dantzscher in 2002, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2001, Heidi Moneymaker in 2000, Kiralee Hayashi in 1999, Stella Umeh in 1998 and Leah Homma in 1997). In all, Bruins have won this award 12 times in 17 years. Also last year, UCLA's Kate Richardson was named Freshman of the Year, and UCLA's Valorie Kondos Field and California's Cari DuBois were selected Co-Coaches of the Year.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins are ranked No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week with an RQS (regional qualifying score, which is determined by taking the top six scores, three of which must be on the road, dropping the high and averaging the remaining five) of 198.04. The Bruins hold the top spot on vault (49.575), uneven bars (49.520) and balance beam (49.535) and rank second on floor (49.550).
Jeanette Antolin and Kate Richardson remain ranked 1-2 in the all-around with RQS's of 39.79 and 39.74, respectively. Richardson is ranked in the Top 25 on all events. She is No. 1 on beam (9.965), No. 3 on vault (9.95), No. 7 on bars (9.925) and No. 14 on floor (9.935). Antolin ranks first on vault (10.0) and second on bars (9.955) and floor (9.97). Kristen Maloney is third on beam (9.94), 13th on vault (9.93) and 20th on bars (9.905). Yvonne Tousek ranks 10th on beam (9.925) and 20th on bars (9.905). Freshman Ashley Peckett moved into the national rankings for the first time this season, moving up to 20th on vault (9.91).
Bruins Edge Out Florida - In a competition that went down to the wire, UCLA edged out Florida by the smallest margin possible, 198.25-198.225. The Bruins scored 49.525 on beam in the final rotation to make the victory possible. Sophomore Kate Richardson clinched the win by scoring a 9.95 to force Florida's final floor competitor to score a 10 in order to win, and she fell just short, scoring a 9.95. The Bruins hit 24-for-24 routines and set a season-high on vault (49.675). Jeanette Antolin scored her fifth consecutive perfect 10 on vault.
Antolin, Richardson Pack Powerful 1-2 Punch - Senior Jeanette Antolin and sophomore Kate Richardson are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the national all-around rankings. The dynamic duo has consistently put up some of the highest all-around marks in 2004, and one or the other, and sometimes both, have placed first in the all-around in nine of UCLA's 12 meets. Antolin has six solo wins, while Richardson has two. The two tied for first in the season opener vs. Utah. Antolin recorded the fifth-best all-around total in NCAA history, scoring a 39.875 on Feb. 22. She averages 39.75 on the year and has not scored lower than 39.6 in the all-around and has no individual score lower than 9.825 this year. Richardson has an all-around best of 39.85, the sixth-best total in history, and a season average of 39.722. She has not scored lower than 39.625 in the all-around and has no individual score lower than 9.8.
Antolin Undefeated On Vault - All-American Jeanette Antolin has been unstoppable on vault this season, placing first in every meet in which she has competed. Antolin is a perfect 10-10 on the year and has won the event in her last 15 meets and in 18 of her last 19 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.985 and has scored seven perfect 10s in 2004, including five in a row.
Maloney Comes All The Way Back From Injury - After sitting out two full seasons due to a serious leg injury, Kristen Maloney has fully completed her comeback, competing all four events the last four meets. Her last all-around competition prior to this year was Jan. 28, 2001. In her first all-around competition of the year on Feb. 22 against Oregon State, Maloney set a new career-high with a score of 39.75 and also earned a career-high 9.975 on the uneven bars. She went 39.275 in her second all-around attempt at Washington and scored a season-best 9.975 on beam. Against Michigan, she tied her career-high with a 39.75 and won the beam with a 9.95. She scored 39.65 at Florida and tied her career-high on vault with a 9.95. The former Olympian ranks third in the nation on beam (9.94 RQS), 13th on vault (9.93) and 20th on bars (9.905). She averages 9.9 or higher on vault, beam and floor and 39.606 in the all-around.
Dantzscher Returns To Lineup - Four-time NCAA champion Jamie Dantzscher has returned to competition after a lengthy battle with an ankle injury. Prior to the season, she was expected to compete on just the uneven bars, but has healed enough to compete on floor exercise four times. In her first meet of the year, at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20, Dantzscher won the first event on which she competed, scoring a 9.9 on the uneven bars. She also scored a 9.9 on floor exercise to place third. On Feb. 22 at home against Oregon State, Dantzscher again took first place on bars, scoring her UCLA-record 28th perfect 10. She later added a 9.95 on floor. On Mar. 7 against Michigan, she recorded a season-high 9.975 on a floor routine that amazingly included a double layout opening pass. At Florida, she tied for first on bars with a 9.95.
Richardson Aiming For Second Olympic Berth - Sophomore Kate Richardson is working towards a second Olympic appearance and has plans to try out for Canada's 2004 Olympic team. Richardson, last season's NCAA bars and beam champion, was Canada's top all-around finisher at the 2000 Games, placing a Canadian all-time best 15th.
Tousek Steady As Ever - Yvonne Tousek is having an outstanding senior season, ranking amongst the nation's best on all three events on which she competes (20th on bars, 10th on beam and 32nd on floor). Since suffering a fall on her first routine of the season, Tousek has been spectacular since, earning scores of 9.825 or higher in each subsequent performance. She averages 9.903 on beam and floor, with highs of 9.95 on beam and 9.975 on floor. She scored a perfect 10 on bars Mar. 7 against Michigan.
Perfect Bruins - The Bruins have scored 16 perfect 10s this season. Jeanette Antolin leads the pack with nine, seven on vault, two on floor, and is one away from tying Jamie Dantzscher's school record of 10 perfect 10s in a season. Kate Richardson has earned five perfect 10s - one on vault, two on beam and two on floor. Dantzscher and Yvonne Tousek have each scored a perfect 10 on bars. Dantzscher is UCLA's career leader with 28 perfect 10s.
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.
Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field - In her 14th season as head coach of the Bruins, Valorie Kondos Field has positioned her team as the premier program in collegiate gymnastics. In the past eight years alone, Kondos Field has led UCLA to four NCAA titles and one runner-up finish, seven Regional titles and five Pac-10 Championships. She has been voted the national coach of the year by her peers four times in the past eight years.
Updated Biographies -
Jeanette Antolin - Number one all-arounder and No. 1 vaulter in the nation ...Has scored five consecutive perfect 10s and seven overall on vault ... Her RQS on vault is 10.0, and her overall season average is 9.985 ...Undefeated on vault in 10 meets this season and in 15 straight regular season meets dating back to last year ...Holds an RQS of 39.79 in the all-around and has won the all-around in seven of 10 meets ...Season all-around average is 39.75, and she has eight 39.7+ scores, including a national season-best 39.875 on Feb. 22 ...Ranks second nationally on bars (9.955 RQS) and averages 9.928 overall ... Has scored a career-best 9.975 on two occasions (Jan. 19 at Georgia, Feb. 22 vs. OSU) ...Has five victories on uneven bars this year ...On floor exercise, she ranks second in the nation (9.97 RQS) and holds a season average of 9.95 with two perfect 10s (Feb. 22 vs. OSU, Mar. 7 vs. Michigan) and two 9.975s ...Averages 9.888 on beam with a career-high of 9.95 set at Georgia on Jan. 19 and vs. Stanford on Feb. 8 ... Has scored no lower than 9.825 on any event this year ...Boasts 33 scores of 9.9 or higher and 25 scores of 9.95 or higher in 41 routines ... Has scored nine perfect 10s on the year, one away from the single-season record held by Jamie Dantzscher ...In her career, she has scored 12 perfect 10s, second most behind only Dantzscher on the all-time UCLA list ...Named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 17-24 after winning the all-around with a 39.875 and scoring perfect 10s on vault and floor against Oregon State. Career Bests: V - 10.0, UB - 9.975, BB - 9.95, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.875.
Kisha Auld - Walk-on gymnast who has competed four times on vault for the Bruins, with a career-high of 9.875 set in her first competition at Arizona ...Scored a 9.775 at Washington. Career Bests: V - 9.875.
Jamie Dantzscher - Missed the first seven meets of the year with an ankle injury but returned on Feb. 20 to compete on bars and floor at Cal State Fullerton ...Scored a 9.9 on bars in her first routine of the year and later added a 9.9 on floor ...Recorded her first perfect 10 of the season on Feb. 22 vs. Oregon State, earning her seventh perfect 10 on bars in her career ...Averages 9.931 on bars and 9.913 on floor ...Has three individual victories on bars and two Top 3 finishes on floor. Career Bests: V - 10.0, UB - 10.0, BB - 9.925, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.9.
Christy Erickson - Competed on vault in two meets, with a career-high of 9.425 set at Cal State Fullerton, and on floor twice ... Tied her career-best on floor with a 9.675 vs. Michigan on Senior Day. Career Bests: V - 9.425, FX - 9.675.
Kristen Maloney - Made an amazing comeback from multiple leg surgeries and is competing all-around for the Bruins ...In her first all-around competition in nearly three years, she scored a career-high 39.75 on Feb. 22 vs. Oregon State ...Matched that total on Mar. 7 vs. Michigan ...Averages 39.606 in the all-around ...Ranks third in the nation on beam with an RQS of 9.94 ... Season average is 9.927, and she set her season best with a 9.975 on Feb. 27 at Washington ...Has scored 9.9 or higher on beam in her last 10 routines ...Scored six straight 9.9+ vaults and averages 9.1 for the season ...Ranks 13th in the nation with an RQS of 9.93 ...Tied her career high on vault in her last meet at Florida on Mar. 12 ...Set a career-high on bars with a 9.975 vs. Oregon State on Feb. 22 and averages 9.839 on the year ...Ranks 20th nationally on bars (9.905 RQS) ...Averages 9.915 on five floor routines and has posted 9.95 twice ... Ranks third on the team with five individual victories, four of which are on beam ... Also ranks third with 23 Top 3 finishes. Career Highs: V - 9.95, UB - 9.975, BB - 10.0, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.75.
Holly Murdock - Competed on vault, bars and beam in the season opener vs. Utah ...Set career-bests on bars (9.8) and beam (9.9) at Cal. Career Highs: V - 9.65, UB - 9.8, BB - 9.9.
Trishna Patel - Competed three times on vault, with a season high of 9.625 at Arizona ...Saw action twice on floor and scored a career-high 9.55 at Arizona. Career Highs: V - 9.7, FX - 9.55.
Ashley Peckett - Competed in all 12 meets ...Emerged as one of UCLA's top vaulters, she has scored a career-high 9.95 in her last two meets and averages 9.925 in her last four meets and 9.875 overall for the season ...Ranks 20th nationally with an RQS of 9.91 ...Holds a career-high of 9.925 on bars, set Mar. 7 vs. Michigan ...Averages 9.8 on the year ...Earned career-bests of 9.825 on beam in her last two times competing (Feb. 13 and Feb. 20) ...Career-high on floor is 9.95, set at Cal ...Holds a season average of 9.839 on floor ... Competed in the all-around at Cal on Feb. 13 and scored a 39.425. Career Highs: V - 9.95, UB - 9.925, BB - 9.825, FX - 9.95, AA - 39.425.
Kate Richardson - Nationally ranked in the Top 15 on all four events and the all-around ...Ranks first on beam (9.965 RQS), second in the all-around (39.74), third on vault (9.95), 7th on bars (9.925) and 14th on floor (9.935) ... Season averages are 39.722 in the all-around, 9.92 on vault, 9.91 on bars, 9.952 on beam and 9.925 on floor ...Has 19 individual victories on the year, including three in the all-around (vs. Utah, at Minnesota, vs. ASU/CSUF) and a team-best eight on beam ... Has a total of 36 Top 3 finishes, second-most on the team ...Posted 35 scores of 9.9 or higher and 18 scores of 9.95 or higher in 40 routines ... Recorded five perfect 10s on the year - one on vault (Jan. 25 at Minnesota), two on beam (Jan. 10 vs. Utah, Feb. 1 vs. ASU/CSUF) and two on floor (Feb. 1 vs. ASU/CSUF and (Feb. 22 vs. Oregon State) ... Scored a career-high 39.85 in the all-around in the season opener vs. Utah ...Twice set career-highs of 9.95 on bars (Feb. 1 and Feb. 13) ...Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week in back-to-back weeks (Jan. 18-25 and Jan. 25-Feb. 1) ... Is training towards a second Olympic berth with the Canadian team. Career Highs: V - 10.0, UB - 9.95, BB - 10.0, FX - 10.0, AA - 39.85.
Michelle Selesky - Walk-on gymnast who has competed twice on floor exercise ... Set her career-best with a 9.7 at cal State Fullerton. Career Highs: FX - 9.7.
Jennifer Sutton - Walk-on gymnast who has competed four times on vault ...Holds a career-high of 9.65, set at Cal on Feb. 13. Career Highs: V - 9.65.
Christie Tedmon - Has seen action on all four events this year, mostly on vault and beam ... Competing a new vault this season - a 10.0 start value Yurchenko front half layout ... Scored a career-high 9.825 at Florida on Mar. 12 ...Competed three times on balance beam and averages 9.85 ...Hit a career-high 9.9 in her first meet of the season on beam at Arizona ...Also competed once on bars and twice on floor. Career Highs: V - 9.825, UB - 9.625, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.85, AA - 38.45.
Yvonne Tousek - Ranks in the Top 20 nationally on bars (20th, 9.905) and beam (10th, 9.925) ...Averages 9.903 on beam and floor, 9.823 on bars ...On beam, she has scored career-bests of 9.95 three times, most recently at Florida on Mar. 12 ...Has hit 37 of her last 38 beam routines ...Set a new career-high on floor this season with a 9.975 vs. Oregon State ...Earned her second career perfect 10 on bars on Mar. 7 vs. Michigan ...Since missing her first routine of the year, she has hit 28 straight routines for 9.825 or higher.Career Highs: V - 9.925, UB - 10.0, BB - 9.95, FX - 9.975, AA - 39.725.
Aimee Walker - Competed mostly on uneven bars ...Scored a career-high 9.875 on bars at Cal State Fullerton Feb. 20 and tied for second ...Competed twice on floor, with a career best of 9.65 vs. Utah on Jan. 10. Career Highs: UB - 9.875, FX - 9.65.
Courtney Walker - Hampered by an ankle injury suffered in the season opener and has competed just once since then, on vault and bars at Cal State Fullerton ...Placed third on vault with a 9.65. Career Highs: V - 9.65, UB - 9.125.
Jamie Williams - Enjoyed a breakout season in 2004, competing in nine of UCLA's 12 meets ...Earned a career-high 9.9 on beam in her season debut at Arizona and also scored a 9.775 on floor ...Scored a 9.85 on beam and 9.775 on floor at Minnesota ...Averages 9.771 on floor, with season highs of 9.8 set three times. Career Highs: V - 9.525, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.825.
Lori Winn - Competed in the all-around six times with a season average of 39.057 and a career-high of 39.425 ...Averages 9.807 on vault with a high of 9.9 set at Arizona ...Scored a career-best 9.95 on bars vs. Oregon State ... Earned her first career victory with a first-place showing on bars at Arizona ... UCLA's leadoff performer on beam ...Tied for first on beam at Cal State Fullerton with a career-high 9.925 ... Has scored 9.9 or higher on beam three times ...Averages 9.816 on floor with a high of 9.9 set in the season opener vs. Utah. Career Highs: V - 9.9, UB - 9.95, BB - 9.925, FX - 9.9, AA - 39.425.