March 8, 2004
UCLA vs. Florida - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team will travel to Gainesville, FL for a dual meet against seventh-ranked Florida on Friday, Mar. 12 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center at 7:00 pm ET.
Live Coverage - Live stats and commentary will be available on the Florida Athletics website, www.gatorzone.com. Live streaming video can also be purchased for a fee of $8 through GatorZone.com.
Gator Coaches Meet Up With Former Team - Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn and assistant coach Randy Lane will be reunited with their former team on Friday when the Bruins come to town. Faehn competed at UCLA from 1990-92 and earned All-America honors in the all-around and on beam as a junior. She was on the coachign staff with Lane from 1993-94, serving as an undergraduate coach. Lane spent a total of six years as a Bruin coach in two different tenures, most recently from 1988-2001. He helped the Bruins win NCAA titles in 2000 and 2001 and earned National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2000.
Touseks Reunite In Gainesville - Sisters Yvonne and Chantelle Tousek will be competing against each other for the first time as collegiates. Yvonne is a senior on the UCLA squad, and Chantelle is a freshman on the Florida team. Yvonne is wrapping up a fantastic collegiate career during which she won the NCAA uneven bars championship as a freshman and earned a total of seven All-America honors. She currently ranks 13th in the nation on beam, 21st on floor and 22nd on bars. Last weekend, she scored her first perfect 10 of the season, on the uneven bars. Like her older sister, Chantelle has been competing on three events this season, posting highs of 9.85 on vault and floor and 9.775 on beam.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins are ranked No. 1 for the third 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 197.9. The Bruins hold the top spot on vault (49.525), uneven bars (49.465) and balance beam (49.520) and rank second on floor (49.540).
Jeanette Antolin and Kate Richardson remain ranked 1-2 in the all-around with RQS's of 39.79 and 39.73, respectively. Antolin and Richardson are ranked in the Top 25 on all events as well. Antolin is first on vault (10.0), second on floor (9.97), third on bars (9.945) and 22nd on beam (9.895). Richardson ranks first on beam (9.96), third on vault (9.95), sixth on bars (9.925) and 11th on floor (9.93). Yvonne Tousek ranks on all three events on which she competes - bars (22nd, 9.895), beam (13th, 9.91) and floor (21st, 9.915). Kristen Maloney is second on beam (9.94) and ninth on vault (9.92).
Seniors Shine In Senior Day Win Over Michigan - Appropriately, UCLA's seniors shined brightest on senior day Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. Seven Bruin seniors helped lead UCLA to a 198.325-195.725 victory over Michigan. Senior Jeanette Antolin won the all-around for the fifth straight meet, winning with a score of 39.775. She earned perfect 10s on her first (vault) and last (floor) routines. Classmate Yvonne Tousek recorded her first perfect 10 of the season on the uneven bars. Also, Kristen Maloney tied for first on the beam with a 9.95 and tied her career-high in the all-around with a second-place score of 39.75. Jamie Dantzscher turned in her best floor performance of the season, earning a 9.975, and Christy Erickson tied her career-high on floor with a 9.675.
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 11 meets. The only times one of the two has not won the all-around were when neither competed all four events. Antolin has six solo wins, including five consecutive, while Richardson has two (at Minnesota and against Arizona State/Cal State Fullerton). 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 39.756 on the year and has not scored lower than 39.6 in the all-around and has no individual score lower than 9.85 this year. Richardson has an all-around best of 39.85, the sixth-best total in history, and a season average of 39.725. She has not scored lower than 39.625 in the all-around and has no individual score lower than 9.8.
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 three meets for the first time since 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. Last weekend vs. Michigan, she tied her career-high with a 39.75 and won the beam with a 9.95. The former Olympian ranks second in the nation on beam (9.94 RQS) and ninth on vault (9.92). She averages 9.9 or higher on vault, beam and floor.
Dantzscher Returns To Lineup - Four-time NCAA champion Jamie Dantzscher returned to competition three weeks ago 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 three 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. Last weekend, she recorded a season-high 9.975 on a floor routine that amazingly included a double layout opening pass.
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 9-9 on the year and has won the event in her last 14 meets and in 17 of her last 18 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.983 and has scored six perfect 10s in 2004, including four in a row.
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 (22nd on bars, 13th on beam and 21st 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 9.897 on beam and 9.909 on floor with highs of 9.95 on beam and 9.975 on floor. She scored a perfect 10 on bars last weekend against Michigan.
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 http:www.tickets.ucla.edu.