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Samantha Peszek NCAA all-around champion

Session II Press Conference Quotes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/16/2004

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Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field, UCLA:
"I didn't think our team would do this well. I thought they would be a lot more skittish. We are thrilled to be able to create our own destiny. I told the girls that they create their own magic. It was obvious from the get-go that was what we do. We started off every Championships with a fall. When the first girl fell, it was like ok, this is Nationals, this is what we do. But we got in a rhythm. No one takes anything for granted, because these are deep teams."

(On the team's standing during the meet) "I don't talk to the other teams, I don't look at the other teams, I don't know what the other teams scored. Since September, I said our skills wouldn't come out in January or February as strong as they had. It took awhile, but we are where we need to be, and we are having a lot of fun."

Senior Jeanette Antolin, UCLA:
(On not winning on vault for the first time this year) "For me, I tried too hard and got ahead of myself. Knowing that others hit, it made me want it so bad. I didn't do what I wanted, but I'm excited to be in the Super 6."

Assistant Head Coach David Patterson, Alabama:
"We had a rough time at Regionals, and came in with the number 2 seed (out of their Regional), but we've come back and practiced the last 10 days, and it's carried over into competition. The girls didn't miss a beat, and in the end we hit 5 great routines (on beam)."

(On Shannon Hrozek's injury): "As every team does, we try to over-prepare. Shannon tried, but she realized she couldn't do vault, floor, or beam, and we could have used her on beam. She stayed in back with the trainers, but the girls stepped up for her and did a great job."

NCAA all-around champion Jeana Rice, Alabama:
"It's still sinking in. I'm very excited because it's why I came to college. I wanted to win a team and an individual championship. It was a good night, but there is room for improvement."

Greg Marsden, Utah:
"We had to work for it tonight, but I'm pleased, I knew it would be difficult. I'm mostly just proud of our team; it wasn't easy. We had to work hard, but they never gave up. They never put themselves out of position. I know we are capable of a better performance tomorrow."

Senior Melisa Vituj, Utah:
"Our team did really well. We finished on a bye, so we had to sit back. We are fortunate to be in the Super 6, but I hope we do better tomorrow."

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