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Freshman Sonya Meraz started her rookie season performing exhibition routines, but she managed to translate that experience into a starting role, sometimes in all four apparatuses. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Freshman Sonya Meraz started her rookie season performing exhibition routines, but she managed to translate that experience into a starting role, sometimes in all four apparatuses. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman Sonya Meraz competed in three events against Arizona State. Meraz scored a 9.8 on the uneven bars, a 9.825 on the floor exercise and a 9.85 on the balance beam. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Freshman Sonya Meraz competed in three events against Arizona State. Meraz scored a 9.8 on the uneven bars, a 9.825 on the floor exercise and a 9.85 on the balance beam. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman Sonya Meraz and the rest of the UCLA gymnastics team have reached the goal of sticking 50 percent of their dismounts and have now upped the ante to 60 percent for the rest of the season. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Freshman Sonya Meraz and the rest of the UCLA gymnastics team have reached the goal of sticking 50 percent of their dismounts and have now upped the ante to 60 percent for the rest of the season. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Amid speakers blasting the theme from the James Bond movies, the British-born junior Danusia Francis incorporates gestures that harken to the fictional British secret agent. Her dance elements, which include mimicking the firing of a handgun, have delighted the Pauley Pavilion crowd throughout the season. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Amid speakers blasting the theme from the James Bond movies, the British-born junior Danusia Francis incorporates gestures that harken to the fictional British secret agent. Her dance elements, which include mimicking the firing of a handgun, have delighted the Pauley Pavilion crowd throughout the season. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior Danusia Francis scored a career-best 9.950 on the floor exercise, leading UCLA to a quad meet win Saturday. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Junior Danusia Francis scored a career-best 9.950 on the floor exercise, leading UCLA to a quad meet win Saturday. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Redshirt sophomore Christine Peng-Peng Lee said the key for Bruins in their first quad meet of the season is to focus on their own team and not who they're facing. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Redshirt sophomore Christine Peng-Peng Lee said the key for Bruins in their first quad meet of the season is to focus on their own team and not who they're facing. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Prior to making the decision to compete for UCLA gymnastics, freshman LaNiesha-Jopré Irvin handled the balancing act of competing in gymnastics meets and pursuing an acting career. Although Irvin has taken a hiatus from the latter while she's at UCLA, she said she is certain to resume a career as an actress once she graduates. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Prior to making the decision to compete for UCLA gymnastics, freshman LaNiesha-Jopré Irvin handled the balancing act of competing in gymnastics meets and pursuing an acting career. Although Irvin has taken a hiatus from the latter while she's at UCLA, she said she is certain to resume a career as an actress once she graduates. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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