Feb. 9, 2004
UCLA Hits Road To Face Cal, Seattle-Pacific - The second-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team (5-2) will travel north to face California and Seattle-Pacific in a triangular meet Friday, Feb. 13. The meet will take place at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley at 7:30 pm.
About The Opponents - California holds a 6-2 record this season and has a season-high of 195.95. The Golden Bears rank 12th nationally on the uneven bars (48.99 average) and 24th on vault (48.805). Junior My-Lan Dodd holds the Cal individual scoring records in the all-around, vault, beam and floor and was an all-around qualifier at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Monique Chang tied the school record on floor with a 9.95 at Arizona last weekend and also holds a share of the vault record with Dodd and junior Lauren Shipp. Seattle-Pacific is 3-3 on the season and holds a season-high of 191.9.
Bruins Vault To Win Over Stanford - An outstanding showing by UCLA on vault in the first rotation propelled the Bruins to a 197.975-196.425 victory over Pac-10 rival Stanford last Sunday. The Bruins scored a 49.675 on vault, the second-highest vault total in school history, with the lowest counting score being a 9.875. Jeanette Antolin led the team with a 9.975, and Kristen Maloney (9.95) and Ashley Peckett (9.925) set new career bests. The Bruins maintained their lead with strong performances on bars (49.45) and beam (49.5) and closed it out with a 49.35 on floor. Antolin won the all-around with a 39.725, Richardson was second with a 39.625, and Lori Winn set a new career high with a fourth-place score of 39.425.
UCLA In The Rankings - The Bruins moved up to No. 2 in this week's national rankings, which are based on season average. A national season-best 197.975 against Stanford moved UCLA up one spot from last week with a season average of 196.987. The Bruins hold the top spot on balance beam, averaging 49.412 with a high of 49.55, and on uneven bars with an average of 49.262 and high of 49.5. UCLA ranks 11th on vault (49.117) and 13th on floor (49.196). Individually, Kate Richardson and Jeanette Antolin rank 1-2 in the all-around with averages of 39.735 and 39.725, respectively. On vault, Antolin ranks first with a 9.97 average. Richardson ranks fifth (9.935) and Maloney 14th (9.895). Antolin and Richardson are tied for third on bars (9.915). Five Bruins rank in the Top 12 on beam - No. 1 Richardson (9.97), No. 3 Maloney (9.917), No. 6 Antolin (9.91), No. 8 Christie Tedmon (9.9) and No. 12 Yvonne Tousek (9.89). On floor exercise, Antolin ranks sixth (9.93), Richardson 11th (9.915) and Tousek 22nd (9.895).
Richardson, Antolin Pack Powerful 1-2 Punch - Sophomore Kate Richardson and senior Jeanette Antolin are once again ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the nation in the all-around. The Bruin duo have consistently put up high marks in 2004, and one or the other, and sometimes both, have placed first in the all-around in five of UCLA's six meets. The only time one of the two has not won the all-around was when neither competed at Arizona. Each has a pair of solo wins - Richardson at Minnesota and against Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton, Antolin at Georgia and against Stanford - and a tie with each other in the opener against Utah. In that meet, they each posted a 39.85, the third-highest all-around score in UCLA history and the highest all-around total in the nation this 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 5-5 on the year and has won the event in her last 10 and in 13 of her last 14 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.97 and has scored two perfect 10s in 2004.
Maloney Continues Amazing Comeback - Showing no signs of rust after sitting out the last two seasons with a leg injury, senior Kristen Maloney has been nothing short of impressive in her first season of competition since April of 2001. Her first competitive routine earned her a career-high tying 9.85 on vault, and she has continued to raise the bar in subsequent meets, upping her career-highs to 9.95 on vault and bars. The former Olympian ranks third in the nation on beam (9.917 average) and 14th on vault (9.895 average).
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 9.89 on beam and 9.895 on floor with highs of 9.95 on both events. She tied for first place on bars in the Bruins' last meet with a season-high of 9.925.
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 on both beam and floor in UCLA's last five 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 two weeks ago, 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 her last two meets and averages 9.78 this season.
Freshmen Make Strong Contributions - Freshmen Lori Winn, Ashley Peckett and Aimee Walker have become regulars in UCLA's lineup in their first season with the program. Winn has competed in the all-around five times, with a high of 39.425 set last weekend against Stanford. She has a season average of 39.145. She also boasts season highs of 9.9 on vault, beam and floor and 9.875 on bars. Peckett, after missing the first meet due to injury, has come back strong. Against Stanford, she hit a career-best 9.925 on vault, and at Minnesota, she earned season-highs on bars (9.75) and floor (9.85). Walker has competed in five of UCLA's six meets, with highs of 9.775 on bars and 9.65 on floor.
Looking Ahead - Southern California Bruin fans can see UCLA compete twice next week, as the Bruins have two dual meets scheduled in the local area next week. First up is a dual meet at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 pm in Titan Gym. On Sunday, Feb. 22, UCLA hosts Oregon State at 2:00 pm.
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.
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.