No. 1 UCLA Gymnastics Team Seeks NCAA Championship Berth

March 29, 2004

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NCAA Regionals - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team (15-5) will travel to Raleigh, NC to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday, Apr. 3. The Regional Championships will take place at North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum at 6:00 pm ET. The top two finishers at each of the six regional meets around the country will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Apr. 15-17 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

The Regional Field - Competing against UCLA for the two spots in the NCAA Championships are 12th-ranked North Carolina, 13th-ranked Nebraska, 21st-ranked West Virginia, 22nd-ranked and host North Carolina State, and Maryland. Also in the hunt for individual NCAA berths are all-around competitors Suzanne Chaves from William & Mary; Stacie Hogan, Nicole Groccia and Jen Beekman from Towson; and Erin Fitzgerald from James Madison. Individual event specialists competing are Erin Aiken from George Washington (vault), Juliya Kovaliova from Towson (bars), Megan Wilson from George Washington (beam) and Emma Cross from William & Mary (floor).

Rotation Order - UCLA will begin the meet on beam, proceed to a bye, then floor exercise, vault, another bye and then will finish the meet on bars. Rotation order for the championship meet was determined by a blind draw conducted by the NCAA.

Live Scoring - North Carolina State will provide live updates at the end of each rotation at the following website:

UCLA's Regional History - The Bruins have won 14 regional titles, including five consecutive and 10 in the last 11 years. In addition, a Bruin gymnast has won the all-around title at their regional in each of the last five years. Last season, UCLA scored a 197.7 to defeat second-place Iowa by nearly two full points in the NCAA South Central Regional at Missouri. Jamie Dantzscher won the all-around with a total of 39.775, and also won the bars (9.95), beam (9.925, tied with Kate Richardson) and floor (10.0).

UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins are ranked No. 1 for the fifth 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 198.055. The Bruins hold the top spot on vault (49.590), uneven bars (49.540) and balance beam (49.535) and rank third on floor (49.590).

Jeanette Antolin and Kate Richardson remain ranked 1-2 in the all-around with RQS's of 39.795 and 39.740, respectively. Richardson is ranked in the Top 25 on all events. She is No. 1 on beam (9.965), No. 4 on vault (9.955), No. 6 on floor (9.955) and No. 11 on bars (9.925). Antolin ranks first on vault (10.0) and second on bars (9.955) and floor (9.975). Kristen Maloney is fourth on beam (9.945), eighth on vault (9.940) and 21st on bars (9.915). Yvonne Tousek ranks 13th on beam (9.925), and freshman Ashley Peckett is 25th on vault (9.910).

Seven Bruins Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors - Seven UCLA gymnasts have earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors for 2004, including first-team selection Jamie Williams, who holds a 3.85 GPA in Psychology. Williams was a second-team selection a year ago and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore. Junior Christie Tedmon (3.71, Psychology/Education) and sophomores Holly Murdock (3.84, Biology) and Kate Richardson (3.74, Physiological Science) earned second-team acclaim, and seniors Jamie Dantzscher, Kristen Maloney and Yvonne Tousek received honorable mention honors.

Bruins Edged Out For Pac-10 Title - For the second consecutive week, the Bruins' fate was decided by the smallest margin possible (.025), but at the Pac-10 Championships, it did not come out in UCLA's favor, and the Bruins placed second to Stanford, 197.9-197.875. The Cardinal scored a 49.4 on vault in the last rotation to edge out UCLA, which entered the rotation with a .225 lead but scored just 49.15 on beam. Jeanette Antolin and Kate Richardson successfully defended their individual event titles with perfect scores on vault and floor, respectively. Antolin also claimed top honors on bars with Stanford's Natalie Foley and was voted the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, earning UCLA's eighth consecutive distinction. Kristen Maloney earned a six-way tie for the beam title by scoring a 9.95.

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 13 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 39.752 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 39.675. Kristen Maloney has also been putting up big numbers in the all-around, scoring 39.75 twice and averaging 39.615 on the year.

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 11-11 on the year and has won the event in her last 16 meets and in 19 of her last 20 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.986 and has scored eight perfect 10s in 2004, including six 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 five 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 has scored 39.65 and tied her career-high on vault with a 9.95 in her last two meets and claimed a share of the Pac-10 beam title. The former Olympian ranks fourth in the nation on beam (9.945 RQS), eighth on vault (9.94) and 21st on bars (9.915). She averages 9.9 or higher on vault, beam and floor and 39.615 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, posting high scores all season long. 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 9.829 on bars and 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 18 perfect 10s this season. Jeanette Antolin leads the pack with a single-season school record-tying 10, eight on vault and two on floor. Kate Richardson has earned six perfect 10s - one on vault, two on beam and three on floor. Jamie 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 (1:00 pm) and evening (7:00 pm) session. The top three teams from each preliminary session advance to Friday's Super Six Team Finals at 7:00 pm, and the individual event finals take place on Saturday, Apr. 17 at 7:00 pm. 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

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 - Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year ...Number one all-arounder and No. 1 vaulter in the nation ...Has scored six consecutive perfect 10s and eight overall on vault ... Her RQS on vault is 10.0, and her overall season average is 9.986 ...Undefeated on vault in 11 meets this season and in 16 straight regular season meets dating back to last year ...Two-time Pac-10 vault champion ...Holds an RQS of 39.795 in the all-around and has won the all-around in seven of 11 meets ...Season all-around average is 39.752, and she has nine 39.7+ scores, including a national season-best 39.875 on Feb. 22 ...Ranks second nationally on bars (9.955 RQS) and averages 9.930 overall ... Has scored a career-best 9.975 on two occasions (Jan. 19 at Georgia, Feb. 22 vs. OSU) ...Has six victories on uneven bars this year, including a win for the Pac-10 title ...On floor exercise, she ranks second in the nation (9.975 RQS) and holds a season average of 9.952 with two perfect 10s (Feb. 22 vs. OSU, Mar. 7 vs. Michigan) and three 9.975s ...Averages 9.884 on beam with a career-high of 9.95 set at Georgia on Jan. 19 and vs. Stanford on Feb. 8 ... Has not scored lower than 9.825 on any event this year ...Boasts 36 scores of 9.9 or higher and 28 scores of 9.95 or higher in 45 routines ... Has scored 10 perfect 10s on the year, tying the single-season record held by Jamie Dantzscher (2002 and 2003) ...In her career, she has scored 13 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 9.913 on floor ...Has three individual victories on bars and two Top 3 finishes on floor ... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third straight year. 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 39.615 in the all-around ...Pac-10 co-champion on balance beam ...Ranks fourth in the nation on beam with an RQS of 9.945 ... Season average is 9.929, and she set her season best with a 9.975 on Feb. 27 at Washington ...Has scored 9.9 or higher on beam on her last 11 routines ...Scored seven straight 9.9+ vaults and averages 9.914 for the season ...Ranks eighth in the nation with an RQS of 9.940 ...Tied her career high on vault with a 9.95 in her last two meets (at Florida on Mar. 12 and at Pac-10s on Mar. 20) ...Set a career-high on bars with a 9.975 vs. Oregon State on Feb. 22 and averages 9.845 on the year ...Ranks 21st nationally on bars (9.915 RQS) ...Averages 9.904 on six floor routines and has posted 9.95 twice ... Ranks third on the team with six individual victories, five of which are on beam ... Also ranks third with 25 Top 3 finishes ...Posted a 9.9 or higher on 30 out of 39 routines on the year ...Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection. 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 ...Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection with a 3.84 GPA in Biology. 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 13 meets ...Emerged as one of UCLA's top vaulters, scoring a career-high 9.95 in two of her last three meets and averaging 9.9 in her last five meets and 9.868 overall for the season ...Ranks 25th 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 on bars ...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 9.843 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 11 on all four events and the all-around ...Ranks first on beam (9.965 RQS), second in the all-around (39.74), fourth on vault (9.955), sixth on floor (9.955) and 11th on bars (9.925) ... Season averages are 39.675 in the all-around, 9.923 on vault, 9.907 on bars, 9.908 on beam and 9.933 on floor ...Has 20 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 38 Top 3 finishes, second-most on the team ...Posted 37 scores of 9.9 or higher and 20 scores of 9.95 or higher in 44 routines ... Recorded six 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 three on floor (Feb. 1 vs. ASU/CSUF, Feb. 22 vs. Oregon State and Mar. 20 at Pac-10s) ... Pac-10 floor champion for the second consecutive year, scoring a perfect 10 ...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) ... Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection with a 3.74 GPA in Physiological Science ...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 four times on balance beam and averages 9.863 ...Hit a career-high 9.9 in her first meet of the season on beam at Arizona and matched that score at the Pac-10 Championships ...Also competed once on bars and twice on floor ... Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection with a 3.71 GPA in Psychology/Education. Career Highs: V - 9.825, UB - 9.625, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.85, AA - 38.45.

Yvonne Tousek - Ranks 13th in the nation on beam (9.925 RQS) ...Averages 9.903 on beam and floor and 9.829 on bars ...On beam, she has scored career-bests of 9.95 three times, most recently at Florida on Mar. 12 ...Has hit 38 of her last 39 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 31 straight routines for 9.825 or higher ... Scored 9.9s on all three events on which she competed at Pac-10s ...Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third consecutive year.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 ... First-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection with a 3.85 GPA in Psychology. Career Highs: V - 9.525, BB - 9.9, FX - 9.825.

Lori Winn - Competed in the all-around seven times with a season average of 39.075 and a career-high of 39.425 ...Averages 9.813 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 9.825 on floor with a high of 9.9 set in the season opener vs. Utah and equaled at the Pac-10 Championships. Career Highs: V - 9.9, UB - 9.95, BB - 9.925, FX - 9.9, AA - 39.425.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 196.625 - 192.950
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Georgia and Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
3rd, 196.825
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
L, 197.200 - 197.950
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
1st, 197.250
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