Saturday, August 24

The UCLA gymnastics team, shown here in last year's NCAA team competition, kicks off its 2014 season against No. 1 Florida, the defending NCAA champion.

Bruins to face Gators in gymnastics opener at UCLA

On Saturday, UCLA gymnastics starts this season off exactly as it finished 2013 – squaring off against Florida on the mats of Pauley Pavilion. And, in an exact mirroring of the way both finished the 2013 season, UCLA comes in ranked No. Read more...

Photo: The UCLA gymnastics team, shown here in last year's NCAA team competition, kicks off its 2014 season against No. 1 Florida, the defending NCAA champion.

The UCLA gymnastics team, shown here in last year's NCAA team competition, kicks off its 2014 season against No. 1 Florida, the defending NCAA champion.


Rising sophomore Danusia Francis competed in the World University Games for Britain last week. Her execution score, which tied for first, helped the British national team finish sixth overall.

Gymnast leads British team to sixth place at World University Games

After a year of competing in the United States, rising sophomore gymnast Danusia Francis represented her home country, the United Kingdom, last week at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Read more...

Photo: Rising sophomore Danusia Francis competed in the World University Games for Britain last week. Her execution score, which tied for first, helped the British national team finish sixth overall.

Rising sophomore Danusia Francis competed in the World University Games for Britain last week. Her execution score, which tied for first, helped the British national team finish sixth overall.

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Senior Standouts: Vanessa Zamarripa

Senior Vanessa Zamarripa has been a pivotal member of UCLA gymnastics since her first year of competition. As a freshman, she placed third in the all-around at the NCAA Championships and earned All-American honors in the all-around, vault, balance beam, floor and uneven bars. Read more...

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Although she believes many college gymnasts are burned out by graduation, senior Alyssa Pritchett intends to continue using her skills by going into stunt work, a common career path for former gymnasts.

UCLA seniors compete in Pro Gymnastics Challenge

Last weekend at the Pro Gymnastics Challenge in Pennsylvania, seniors Alyssa Pritchett and Vanessa Zamarripa didn’t know whether they were competing as gymnasts for the last time in their lives or for the very first time as professionals. Read more...

Photo: Although she believes many college gymnasts are burned out by graduation, senior Alyssa Pritchett intends to continue using her skills by going into stunt work, a common career path for former gymnasts.

Although she believes many college gymnasts are burned out by graduation, senior Alyssa Pritchett intends to continue using her skills by going into stunt work, a common career path for former gymnasts.

According to UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field, freshman Danusia Francis’ sideways aerial on beam was the first completed at the NCAA level.

Gymnastics unexpectedly falls short in several individual events at NCAA finals

Standing sideways on the balance beam, freshman Danusia Francis paused, her focus visible on her face. She took a deep inhale before flipping through the air in an inverted aerial, a move never before tried in a college competition - and one she only decided to try the night before. Read more...

Photo: According to UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field, freshman Danusia Francis’ sideways aerial on beam was the first completed at the NCAA level.

According to UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field, freshman Danusia Francis’ sideways aerial on beam was the first completed at the NCAA level.

Senior gymnast Vanessa Zamarripa holds back tears as she is comforted by coach Valorie Kondos Field after scoring a 9.100 on vault, the final event for the Bruins in Saturday’s NCAA team championships. The team placed fourth behind Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama despite an early lead.

Mansi Sheth: Hard end to a tough season for gymnastics

I blinked for a second during Vanessa Zamarripa’s vault in Saturday’s team finals. She landed on her knees and I blinked again. Wait, what? Was that practice? Read more...

Photo: Senior gymnast Vanessa Zamarripa holds back tears as she is comforted by coach Valorie Kondos Field after scoring a 9.100 on vault, the final event for the Bruins in Saturday’s NCAA team championships. The team placed fourth behind Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama despite an early lead.

Senior gymnast Vanessa Zamarripa holds back tears as she is comforted by coach Valorie Kondos Field after scoring a 9.100 on vault, the final event for the Bruins in Saturday’s NCAA team championships. The team placed fourth behind Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama despite an early lead.


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