March 2, 2004
UCLA Hosts Michigan Sunday In Final Regular Season Home Meet - The top-ranked UCLA gymnastics team will host 19th-ranked Michigan on Sunday, Mar. 7 in the Bruins' regular season home finale at 2:00 pm. Bruin seniors Jeanette Antolin, Jamie Dantzscher, Christy Erickson, Kristen Maloney, Trishna Patel, Yvonne Tousek and Jamie Williams will be honored at the conclusion of the meet. Capoeira Brasil will provide pre-meet entertainment.
Live Coverage - Streaming video and live stats will be available for Sunday's meet on UCLABruins.com. The online video broadcast is available with purchase of the College Sports Pass. A broadband connection is recommended. For more information, visit the multimedia section of the UCLABruins.com web page.
Five Olympians To Compete Sunday - A total of five Olympians will be out on the floor Sunday as UCLA hosts Michigan. The Bruins boast four in Americans Jamie Dantzscher and Kristen Maloney and Canadians Kate Richardson and Yvonne Tousek. Michigan junior Elise Ray was teammates with Dantzscher and Maloney at the Olympics, serving as team captain.
Senior Salute - UCLA's seven-member senior class will be honored in post-meet festivities on Sunday. Comprising the senior class of 2004 are Jeanette Antolin, Jamie Dantzscher, Christy Erickson, Kristen Maloney, Trishna Patel, Yvonne Tousek and Jamie Williams. This class has won two NCAA Championships (2001, 2003), three Regional Championships (2001-03) and two Pac-10 Championships (2002-03). Between them, they have earned 23 All-America honors, five NCAA individual titles, 10 Regional individual titles, four Pac-10 individual titles, six Pac-10 All-Academic honors and five NACGC Scholastic All-America awards.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins are ranked No. 1 for the second 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 197.745. The Bruins hold the top spot on vault (49.5), uneven bars (49.410) and balance beam (49.52) and rank fourth on floor (49.470).
Jeanette Antolin and Kate Richardson rank 1-2 in the all-around with RQS's of 39.78 and 39.73, respectively. They are also 1-2 on vault, with Antolin holding a 9.995 RQS, and Richardson tying for second with a 9.95. Kristen Maloney ranks ninth at 9.92. Richardson and Maloney are 1-2 on beam, with Richardson topping all competitors with a 9.96, and Maloney tying for second with a 9.935 RQS. Also on beam, Yvonne Tousek ranks 10th with a 9.905, and Antolin is 15th with a 9.895. On the uneven bars, Antolin ranks second (9.945), Richardson sixth (9.925) and Tousek 22nd (9.885). Antolin also ranks second on floor exercise with a 9.96 RQS. Richardson is eighth (9.93), and Tousek 16th (9.915).
Last Week's Results - A slow start on the uneven bars put UCLA in a hole early, and the Bruins were never able to catch up in a 197.225-197.1 dual meet loss at Washington on Feb. 27. UCLA rebounded nicely with meet-high scores of 49.575 on vault and beam and 49.475 on floor. Senior Jeanette Antolin won the all-around for the fourth consecutive meet, scoring a 39.75. She also won floor with a 9.95 and kept her unbeaten streak alive on vault with a 10.0, her third consecutive. Kristen Maloney placed first on beam with a season-high 9.975.
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 eight of UCLA's 10 meets. The only times one of the two has not won the all-around were when neither competed all four events. Antolin has five solo wins (at Georgia, vs. Stanford, at Cal, vs. Oregon State, at Washington), while Richardson has two (at Minnesota and against Arizona State/Cal State Fullerton). Antolin, last week's Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week, recorded the fifth-best all-around total in NCAA history, scoring a 39.875 on Feb. 22. She averages 39.753 on the year. Richardson has an all-around best of 39.85, the sixth-best total in history, and a season average of 39.732.
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 two 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. The former Olympian ranks second in the nation on beam (9.935 RQS) and ninth on vault (9.92).
Dantzscher Returns To Lineup - Four-time NCAA champion Jamie Dantzscher returned to competition two weeks ago 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. 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. She did not compete last week due to a sinus infection.
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 8-8 on the year and has won the event in her last 13 meets and in 16 of her last 17 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.981 and has scored five perfect 10s in 2004, including three in a row.
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. 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 all three events on which she competes (22nd on bars, 10th on beam and 16th 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 9.9 on beam and 9.909 on floor with highs of 9.95 on beam and 9.975 on floor.
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.