Feb. 24, 2004
UCLA Travels To Seattle For Pac-10 Showdown - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team will travel to Seattle, Wash. for a dual meet with 15th-ranked Washington in Bank of America Arena at 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 27.
TV Coverage - Friday's meet will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Northwest and on Fox Sports West 2 in Los Angeles. Fox Sports West 2 will air the meet on Mar. 4 at 6:30 pm and on Mar. 6 at 5:30 pm.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins reclaimed the top spot in the national rankings, which will be based on RQS (regional qualifying score) from now on. The RQS is determined by taking the top six scores, three of which must be on the road, dropping the high and averaging the remaining five. UCLA holds an RQS of 197.745. The Bruins hold the top spot on uneven bars (49.410) and balance beam (49.495) and ranks second on vault (49.405) and floor (49.430).
Jeanette Antolin ranks No. 1 in the all-around (39.75) and vault (9.985), second on bars (9.935), ninth on beam (9.895) and third on floor (9.955). Kate Richardson tops all gymnasts on beam with an RQS of 9.955 and ranks sixth on vault (9.925) and third on bars (9.925). Kristen Maloney ranks third on beam (9.925) and 10th on vault (9.9), and Yvonne Tousek is 15th on both bars (9.875) and floor (9.905).
Bruins Tie National Scoring Record - UCLA tied the all-time national scoring record Sunday afternoon, scoring a 198.875 to defeat Oregon State, which scored a season-high 197.175. The Bruins scored 9.9 or higher on 19 of 24 routines and recorded perfect 10s four times (Jeanette Antolin on vault, Jamie Dantzscher on bars, Kate Richardson and Antolin back-to-back on floor). Antolin won the all-around with a career-high 39.875, the fifth-highest total in collegiate history and the third-highest total in UCLA history.
Dantzscher Returns To Lineup - Four-time NCAA champion Jamie Dantzscher returned to competition last weekend after a lengthy battle with an ankle injury. Prior to the season, she was expected to compete on just one event due to her ankle problems, but thanks to restructuring of her routines, she was able to compete on floor exercise twice last weekend. In her first meet of the year, at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, 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 Sunday 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.
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 on Sunday for the first time since Jan. 28, 2001. Maloney set a new career-high in the all-around with a score of 39.75 and on the uneven bars with a 9.975. The former Olympian ranks third in the nation on beam (9.925 RQS) and 10th on vault (9.9).
Antolin, Richardson Pack Powerful 1-2 Punch - Senior Jeanette Antolin and sophomore Kate Richardson have 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 seven of UCLA's nine meets. The only times one of the two has not won the all-around was when neither competed all four events. Antolin has four solo wins (at Georgia, vs. Stanford, at Cal and vs. Oregon State), while Richardson has two (at Minnesota and against Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton). Antolin, who ranks No. 1 in the nation, recorded the fifth-best all-around total in NCAA history, scoring a 39.875 on Sunday. She averages 39.754 on the year. Richardson, who is unranked because she has competed in the all-around one time short of the requirement, has an all-around best of 39.85, the sixth-best total in history. Her season average is 39.746.
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 7-7 on the year and has won the event in her last 12 meets and in 15 of her last 16 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.979 and has scored four perfect 10s in 2004.
Richardson Testing Out Elite Routines - Sophomore Kate Richardson is working towards a second Olympic appearance and has plans to try out for Canada's 2004 Olympic team. She has competed her elite balance beam routine twice this season and has scored a 9.9 at Cal and 9.925 at Cal State Fullerton despite the jam-packed difficulty. She Richardson 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 beam and 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 9.9 on beam and 9.911 on floor with highs of 9.95 on beam and 9.975 on floor.
Williams Realizing Potential - Senior Jamie Williams has been one of UCLA's most pleasant surprises so far in 2004, earning a solid spot in the Bruin lineup in seven of UCLA's last eight meets. Williams, the former walk-on who saw action in just one meet last season, had a fantastic season debut in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 16, earning a career-high 9.9 on beam and a 9.775 on floor. At Minnesota, she led off on floor with a 9.775 and then hit a pressure-packed routine on beam for a score of 9.85. She has scored 9.8 on floor in three of her last four meets and averages 9.771 this season.
Winn, Peckett Making Strong All-Around Contributions - Freshmen Lori Winn and Ashley Peckett have impressed as regular contributors on all events during their first season with the program. Winn has competed in the all-around six times, with a high of 39.425 set against Stanford. She has a season average of 39.146. She also boasts season highs of 9.9 on vault and floor, 9.925 on beam and 9.95 on bars. Peckett, after missing the first meet due to injury, has come back strong. At California, she earned a season-best 39.425 in the all-around and recorded career-highs on bars (9.825), beam (9.825) and floor (9.95, good for second place). Against Stanford, she hit a career-best 9.925 on vault.
Auld, Walker On The Mend - Newcomers Kisha Auld and Courtney Walker are starting to come back from injuries that sidelined them for the last few weeks. Auld injured an ankle while vaulting at Georgia, and Walker was hurt on her first routine in the Bruins' first meet. Both returned to the lineup at Cal State Fullerton, with Auld competing on her specialty, vault, and Walker coming in on vault and bars. Walker also performed an exhibition routine on floor exercise.
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.