April 16, 2004
Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field, UCLA:
"This championship win holds so many wonderful ... It's especially special. First of all it wasn't easy this year. We had to come out and work hard all season. We knew we were going to have to nurture our seniors and hold back in their training because of injuries. But we did everything right. We had never won a Championship at home; that was important to us. I've been around since 1982, and there were a lot of alums during that time who never won a National Championship, but they came back to support their little sisters, to do this for them."
"This win is also important to me for (our Associate Director) Betsy Stephenson. It was her first National Championship, and ours, in 1997. We can send her off with this as she enters another chapter of her life." (Note: Stephenson is leaving UCLA in June to become the Athletic Director at Emory University)
"We also set an NCAA record at home. This is what the magic at Pauley (Pavilion) brings."
(On going through struggles early in the year but peaking at the very end): "We may have lost meets early on, but we put our egos aside. We trained hard and we eventually came out on top."
"Christie Tedmon competed in two events, and at the beginning of the year she wasn't in the Top 6. But she kept plugging away and working very hard."
(Asked if she planned on laying off on beam): "We did not water down any skills. If we made mistakes, it's in our training. We did our job."
"I was hoping we would get in the groove in March, but it didn't happen, especially by Pac-10's and Regionals."
Jeanette Antolin, UCLA senior
"We all believed in our hearts that we would hit all our events. We worked really hard, and we deserve this National Championship."
Jamie Dantzscher, UCLA senior
"Last week we had a team meeting and talked about the seniors being ready to be done, but we still had an NCAA Championship to be won. We came to realize we had a job to do first. What we did tonight is what we do every day in the gym; this is how we do it."
Kristen Maloney, UCLA senior
"With gymnastics meets you never know, it comes down to tenths. I knew I had to go out there and hit a beam routine. And when I landed, I felt the biggest relief ever."