KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Elise Ray (Columbia, Md.) was the top qualifier at the 1999 World Team Trials this evening in Municipal Auditorium with a score of 76.378. Also qualifying were Jeanette Antolin (Paradise, Calif.) with 75.492 points and Alyssa Beckerman (Wyoming, Ohio) with 74.737 points. Jamie Dantzscher (Palmdale, Calif.) scored 74.724 points, earning the alternate spot.
“I focused on what I was doing, and paid no attention to the scores. I expect to be more consistent in China. I thought the crowd support was awesome. I love showing off in front of the crowd.”
“Romania, Ukraine, Russia and China because it has home field advantage.”
“I’m ecstatic to have made the team. I knew I made the team when I saw Kathy Kelly (women’s program director) and she hugged Elise and Jeannette, and saw her looking for me to hug.”
“I’m graduating from high school in June. I’ll be taking off a year to train for the Olympics. I’ve signed a letter-of-intent to UCLA.”
“I’m beside myself. I can’t believe this is happening. My dreams are coming true.”