UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics
|UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics|
|University||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Head coach||Chris Waller (1st season)|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Home arena||Pauley Pavilion (Capacity: 13,800)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|7 (1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2018)|
|NCAA Regional championships|
|23 (1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019) |
|20 (2019, 2018, 2016, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1981[WCAA])|
The UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics team represents the University of California, Los Angeles and competes in the Pac-12 Conference. They currently compete in Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA. The team, coached by Chris Waller, has won 21 Regional titles and 7 NCAA National Championships, most recently in 2018.
The Bruins are known for recruiting top elite gymnasts from North America and beyond, including Austria, Germany, Guatemala, and Ireland. Some notable current and former UCLA gymnasts include current U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michelle Giuda, Dr. Onnie Willis Rogers, current stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker, and Olympic gymnasts Jamie Dantzscher, Mohini Bhardwaj, Kate Richardson, Tasha Schwikert, Kristen Maloney, Yvonne Tousek, Stella Umeh, Luisa Portocarrero, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Sam Peszek, Peng Peng Lee, Jennifer Pinches, Jordyn Wieber, who was the team manager and then a volunteer assistant coach for UCLA, Kyla Ross, and Madison Kocian.
- 1997 - The women's team won its first national championship.
- 2000 - The women's team won its second national championship.
- 2001 - The women's team won its third national championship.
- 2003 - The women's team won its fourth national championship.
- 2004 - The women's team won its fifth national championship.
- 2008 Canadian Olympic Gymnastics team member Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs attended UCLA, a member of the team in 2008–2009 season.
- The Bruins won the 2009 Pac-10 title, their 14th, and was 7th seeded in the NCAA National Championships. They competed at the NCAA North Central Regionals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Apr. 4 with Florida (#6), Minnesota (#18), Denver (#20), Iowa State (#23) and Iowa (#28). The Bruins came in second behind Florida.
- 2009 – In the second session of the national championships, the Bruins finished tie for third place with Utah. But Utah won the tie breakers by counting all the scores of the six competitors in each event and advanced to the Super Six team finals.
- 2010 – The team won its 15th Pacific-10 Championship, with Anna Li scoring a perfect 10 on uneven bars. Vanessa Zamarripa won all-around and vault, and was named 2010 Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Year.
- 2010 – UCLA Gymnastics won the Los Angeles Regional and qualified for the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Florida. Anna Li again scored a perfect 10 on the uneven bars at Pauley Pavilion, where both of her parents, Li Yuejiu and Wu Jiani won medals at the 1984 Olympic Games.
- 2010 – USA Olympic team silver medalist Samantha Peszek is attending UCLA, and is a new member of the 2011 UCLA gymnastics team.
- 2010– The team won its sixth NCAA title at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, FL.
- 2011 – UCLA finished second in the national competition; Athens Regional champions; Samantha Peszek was first in balance beam with a 9.90 score.
- 2012 – Third place finish in team competition; Olivia Courtney was third in uneven bars, and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs was second in floor exercise.
- 2013 – UCLA was 4th in the team competition held at its own Pauley Pavilion; Four Bruins finished as top-eight performers in individual competition, three (Olivia Courtney, Kaelie Baer, and Vanessa Zamarripa) on vault and one (Danusia Francis) on beam.
- 2014 – UCLA did not qualify to Saturday night's Super Six competition in Birmingham, AL. Two Bruins competed on Sunday in event finals, Samantha Peszek and Olivia Courtney.
- 2015 – UCLA captured the team's 21st Regional Championship with a score of 197.500 points at the NCAA Columbus Regional. Samantha Peszek was the All Around Co-Champion with 39.6 points; Samantha Peszek also won the balance beam with a 9.950 score.
- 2016 – UCLA finished second at the Salt Lake City Regional, held at the University of Utah's Jon M. Huntsman Center with a score of 196.375. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships for the 32nd time, assigned to the Semifinal II. Seniors Danusia Francis and Sadiqua Bynum and junior Angi Cipra were awarded regular season All-America honors by the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC/W).
- 2017 – UCLA finished 4th at the NCAA Super Six Finals. Freshman Kyla Ross won both the Balance Beam and the Uneven Bars titles; she also received four perfect 10.0 scores throughout the season. Freshman Madison Kocian also scored a perfect 10.0 on February 11.
- 2018 – UCLA won their seventh NCAA title in St Louis. Peng Peng Lee and Katelyn Ohashi also won individual titles on the balance beam and floor exercise, respectively.
- 2019 – Coach Valorie Kondos Field will retire from coaching. An attendance record of 12,907 at Pauley Pavilion was set during a meet with Stanford on March 10, 2019. Senior Katelyn Ohashi set a Pac-12 record by winning the conference's Specialist of the Week award for the sixth time and her 10th career award this season. Kyla Ross completed a "gym slam" on March 17, 2019 at Miss Val's final home meet in Pauley Pavilion by recording a perfect 10 score on the floor exercise. UCLA won the Pac-12 championship with a score of 198.4, setting a new Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship record. Kyla Ross was the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, and Valorie Kondos Field was the Coach of the Year (her fifth Pac-12 honor).
- 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the NCAA cancelled the remainder of the season on March 12. Subsequently, the team finished the season ranked third, with an RQS of 197.565 after the tenth week of competition. On January 31, senior Gracie Kramer was the first of only two gymnasts to score a perfect 10 on the floor exercise during the 2020 season, with the routine garnering millions of views online. On February 23, senior Grace Glenn scored the first ever leadoff 10.0 on the balance beam in NCAA history; junior Nia Dennis' floor routine from the same meet went viral on Twitter and Facebook, leading to her appearance on the Ellen Show on March 11. Kyla Ross scored an additional three perfect 10.0 scores during the season, two on bars and the other on the last vault of her career; this brought her career total to 22 perfect scores, tied 4th with Maggie Nichols in NCAA history.
Super Six appearances
|UCLA Bruins Super Six Appearances|
Four on the Floor appearances
|UCLA Bruins Four on the Floor Appearances|
|Lee Ann Lobdill||1977–1979||34–30–0||.531|
|Valorie Kondos Field||1991–2019||516–120–3||.810|
- record includes invitationals and conference championships as of 2018.
Coaches for the 2020–2021 season
|Chris Waller||Head Coach|
|Kristina Comforte||Associate Head Coach|
|Dom Palange||Assistant Coach|
|BJ Das||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|Kyla Ross||Undergraduate Assistant Coach|
|Emma Andres||5–6||SO||Rocklin, CA||Rocklin||Byers Roseville Gymnastics||AA|
|Chae Campbell||5-7||FR||Carrollton, TX||Prestonwood Christian Academy||Metroplex Gymnastics||AA|
|Nia Dennis||5–1||SR||Columbus, OH||Matea Valley||Buckeye Gymnastics, Legacy Elite Gymnastics||AA|
|Frida Esparza||5-4||FR||Pittsburg, CA||K12 International Academy||Head Over Heels||AA|
|Norah Flatley||4–11||JR||West Des Moines, IA||Connections Academy||Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute||AA|
|Margzetta Frazier||5–1||JR||Sicklerville, NJ||Connections Academy||Parkettes||VT, UB, FX|
|Paige Hogan||5-2||SO||Simi Valley, CA||Simi Valley||Waller's GymJam Academy||VT, FX|
|Savannah Kooyman||5-3||SR||Laguna Hills, CA||Aliso Niguel||Precision Gymnastics||UB, FX|
|Chloe Lashbrooke||5-3||SO||Scottsdale, AZ||Chaparral||Gold Medal Gymnastics||AA|
|Brooklyn Moors||5-3||FR||Cambridge, ON||Bishop Macdonell Catholic||Dynamo||AA|
|Kendal Poston||5–0||SR||Foothill Ranch, CA||Trabuco Hills||Azarian Gymnastics||VT, BB|
|Samantha Sakti||5–0||JR||Arcadia, CA||Arcadia / William & Mary||All Olympia Gymnastics Center||VT, BB, FX|
|Nicki Shapiro||5-1||SR||Los Angeles, CA||Santa Monica HS||All Olympia||AA|
|Kalyany Steele||5–2||SO||Colorado Springs, CO||Colorado Connections Academy||Colorado Aerials||AA|
|Sara Taubman||5-3||JR||Fairfax, CA||Sir Francis Drake||Head Over Heels||AA|
|Pauline Tratz||5-7||SR||Karlsruhe, Germany||Otto-Hahn Gymnasium||Kunstturn Region Karlsruhe||VT, BB, FX|
|Sara Ulias||5-4||FR||Thousand Oaks, CA||Century Academy||Paramount Elite Gymnastics||AA|
|Lilia Waller||5-5||SR||Santa Clarita, CA||Hart||Waller's GymJam Academy||AA|
|Sekai Wright||5-6||JR||Paramount, CA||Paramount||American Gymnastics Academy||VT|
Gymnasts who have committed to UCLA.
- Jordan Chiles (signed) – World Champions Centre - USA National Team member, 2018 Pacific Rim vault and floor exercise champion
- Emma Malabuyo (signed) – Texas Dreams Gymnastics - USA National Team member, 2018 and 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy champion, and 2017 U.S. Classic junior champion
- Ana Padurariu (signed) – Gemini Gymnastics – member of the Canadian national team, 2018 World Championships balance beam silver medalist
- Emily Lee - 2021 - West Valley Gymnastics School - US National Team member; 2018 American Classic (5th VT; 4th FX)
- Mia Erdoes - 2021 - NYC Elite - L9 - 2018 Level 9 Easterns: 1st AA, UB, BB, FX
- Alexis Jeffrey - 2021 - GAGE - jr. international elite- 2018 JO nationals ( 1st UB, AA); 2018 American Classic-( 13th AA) ; 2018 US Classic- (11th UB, 9th FX); 2018 US Championships (9th UB and AA; 7th FX)
With the titles in 2018, UCLA now has 40 NCAA individual titles and 7 team titles:
|Team (7)||UCLA 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2018|
|All Around (5)||Onnie Willis, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Tasha Schwikert, 2005; Tasha Schwikert, 2008; Sam Peszek, 2015|
|Vault (7)||Jill Andrews, 1988; Kim Hamilton, 1989; Heidi Moneymaker, 1999; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Kristen Maloney, 2005; Vanessa Zamarripa, 2010; Kyla Ross, 2019|
|Uneven Bars (7)||Heidi Moneymaker, 1998; Mohini Bhardwaj, 2000; Yvonne Tousek, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2003; Kate Richardson, 2003; Tasha Schwikert, 2008; Kyla Ross, 2017|
|Balance Beam (10)||Jill Andrews, 1989; Kiralee Hayashi, 1999; Lena Degteva, 2000; Kate Richardson, 2003; Kristen Maloney, 2005; Sam Peszek, 2011; Sam Peszek, 2015; Danusia Francis, 2016; Kyla Ross, 2017; Peng Peng Lee, 2018|
|Floor Exercise (11)||Kim Hamilton, 1987; Kim Hamilton, 1988; Kim Hamilton, 1989; Stella Umeh,1995; Stella Umeh, 1998; Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Kate Richardson, 2006; Brittani McCullough, 2010; Katelyn Ohashi, 2018; Kyla Ross, 2019|
Awards and honors
- Honda Award Winners
- Kyla Ross, 2020
- Christine Peng-Peng Lee, 2018
- Kristen Maloney, 2005
- Onnie Willis, 2003
- Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001
- Jill Andrews, 1990
- Sharon Shapiro, 1981
- AAI Award (National Senior of the Year)
- Vanessa Zamarripa, 2013
- Jamie Dantzscher, 2004
- Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001
- Donna Kemp, 1984
- National Coach of the Year
- Valorie Kondos Field, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1989
- Jerry Tomlinson, 1989
- National Asst. Coach of the Year
- Chris Waller, 2004
- Randy Lane, 2000
Men's gymnastics team
The Bruins men's gymnastics team won two NCAA national champions in 1984 and 1987. The program was discontinued during university budget cuts in 1995 despite a record of athletic and academic success.
Notable alumni of UCLA men's gymnastics include:
- Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic gold medallist
- Mitch Gaylord, 1984 NCAA all-around champion & Olympic gold medallist
- Scott Keswick, 1992 US Olympian and world rings and high bar finalist
- Stephen McCain, 2000 US Olympian and 2001 world silver medallist
- Chainey Umphrey, 1996 US olympian and world high bar finalist
- Peter Vidmar, 1982, 1983 NCAA all-around champion & 1984 2x Olympic gold medallist
- Chris Waller, 1990 NCAA high bar champion and current women's team head coach
- Freddy Behin, 1995, 1996, 1997 Finalist USA National Championships, 1996 World Championship
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