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Freshman Wins Titles in NCAA Gymnastics

April 27, 2003

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Freshmen Ashley Miles of Alabama and Kate Richardson won national titles Saturday night during individual competition in the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships.

Miles beat defending champion Jamie Dantzscher of UCLA to win the vault, and Richardson edged Nebraska’s Richelle Simpson in the balance beam.

Competition in the floor exercise and uneven bars was held later Saturday.

Miles, who had the meet’s only 10 during Thursday’s preliminaries, won with an average score of 9.9375 on two vaults.

Dantzscher was hurt by a slight stumble on her second landing and received an average score of 9.9250.

Richardson, a Canadian Olympian in 2000, received a score of 9.938 for her routine. Simpson earned a 9.925.

Miles’ title in the vault was Alabama’s first in the event and the school’s 14th overall.

Richardson joined Lena Degteva in 2000, Kiralee Hayashi in 1999 and Jill Andrews in 1989 as UCLA gymnasts to win titles on the beam. It was the Bruins’ 20th individual title.

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