Feb. 17, 2004
UCLA Travels South To Cal State Fullerton, Welcomes Oregon State to Pauley Pavilion - The third-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team will take a short trip down to Fullerton on Friday, Feb. 20 for a dual meet with Cal State Fullerton in Titan Gym at 7 pm before hosting Oregon State in a Pac-10 Conference dual meet on Sunday, Feb. 22. Sunday's meet will take place in Pauley Pavilion Pavilion at 2:00 pm.
Live Scoring - Fans unable to attend Sunday's meet can follow the action live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Live scoring updates and commentary will be provided periodically throughout the meet.
Dantzscher Expected Back In Lineup, Maloney To Make Home Debut On Floor - Bruin fans will get their first glimpse of four-time NCAA champion Jamie Dantzscher this weekend, when the 2000 Olympian makes her season debut. Dantzscher has been out all season with an ankle injury but is expected to return to action this week on two to four events. She has had her routines restructured to ease the pounding on her ankle. In addition, fellow Olympian Kristen Maloney is also slated to compete on floor exerciseat home for the first time in nearly three years. On her first floor routine of the season last Friday at Cal, Maloney scored a 9.875.
Bruins Hit 24-for-24 In Tri-Meet Win At Cal - UCLA hit 24-for-24 routines for the first time this season and rolled to a team score of 197.8, well ahead of second-place California (195.0) and third-place Seattle-Pacific (190.025). Jeanette Antolin won the all-around for the second consecutive meet, scoring a 39.775. She also remained undefeated on vault this year, earning her third perfect 10, and placed first on bars (9.95, tied with Kate Richardson) and on floor (9.975). Freshman Ashley Peckett set a new career-high with a third-place score of 39.425. She also earned career-bests on bars (9.825), beam (9.825) and floor (9.95). Sophomore Holly Murdock set new career-highs on both events on which she competed (bars - 9.8, beam - 9.9), and Jennifer Sutton received a career-high 9.65 on vault.
UCLA In The Rankings - Despite another stellar team score, the Bruins dropped one spot to No. 3 in this week's national rankings, which are based on season average. UCLA holds a season average of 197.104. The Bruins hold the top spot on balance beam, averaging 49.414 with a national high of 49.55, and on uneven bars with an average of 49.282 and high of 49.5, also tied for best in the nation. UCLA ranks ninth on vault (49.154) and floor (49.254). Individually, Kate Richardson and Jeanette Antolin rank 1-2 in the all-around with averages of 39.735 and 39.733, respectively. On vault, Antolin ranks first with a 9.975 average. Richardson ranks seventh (9.917) and Maloney 15th (9.896). Antolin and Richardson are tied for third on bars (9.921), and Maloney is 18th with an average of 9.86. Five Bruins rank in the Top 10 on beam - No. 1 Richardson (9.958), No. 3 Maloney (9.921), No. 7 Christie Tedmon (9.9), No. 8 Antolin (9.9), and No. 10 Yvonne Tousek (9.89). On floor exercise, Antolin ranks fifth (9.937), Richardson 10th (9.915) and Tousek 21st (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 six of UCLA's seven meets. The only time one of the two has not won the all-around was when neither competed at Arizona. Antolin has three solo wins (at Georgia, vs. Stanford, at Cal), while Richardson has two (at Minnesota and against Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton). They tied in the season opener against Utah with 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 6-6 on the year and has won the event in her last 11 meets and in 14 of her last 15 regular season meets dating back to last year. The reigning Pac-10 vault champion averages 9.975 and has scored three 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. Last week at Cal, she returned to the lineup on floor exercise and scored a 9.875 in her first floor routine in nearly three years. The former Olympian ranks third in the nation on beam (9.921 average), 15th on vault (9.896 average) and 18th on bars (9.86).
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 competed her elite balance beam routine for the first time this season at Cal and scored a 9.9 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 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 9.9 on floor with highs of 9.95 on both events.
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 UCLA's last six 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 her last three meets and averages 9.783 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, beam and floor and 9.875 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.
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.