Saturday, April 20

Junior Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs performs her floor routine, which earned a 9.900, during the NCAA Super Six.

Gymnasts slip from championship title

CLEVELAND "”mdash; You could see the tension. Covered white with chalk, toes fiercely gripped the leather skin of the balance beam, refusing to let go. Read more...

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Junior Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs performs her floor routine, which earned a 9.900, during the NCAA Super Six.

Junior Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs performs her floor routine, which earned a 9.900, during the NCAA Super Six.




Former UCLA offensive lineman P.J. Irvin (left) is in his third year as a volunteer assistant for the gymnastics team under coach Valorie Kondos Field (middle).

From the gridiron to the gym mats: Former offensive lineman P.J. Irvin serves as an assistant coach and an unorthodox source of encouragement for UCLA gymnastics

Every meet, when a UCLA gymnast toes the line before sprinting down the vault runway, P.J. Irvin is the first one to start clapping his hands in encouragement. Read more...

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Former UCLA offensive lineman P.J. Irvin (left) is in his third year as a volunteer assistant for the gymnastics team under coach Valorie Kondos Field (middle).

Former UCLA offensive lineman P.J. Irvin (left) is in his third year as a volunteer assistant for the gymnastics team under coach Valorie Kondos Field (middle).

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and the Bruins are headed to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland.

Gymnastics uses spring break to refocus for the NCAA Championships

For most students, spring break presents a perfect opportunity to become a couch potato. But for the UCLA gymnastics team, a week without classes meant exactly the opposite: a chance to increase the intensity of training. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs said she enjoyed being able to practice without having to worry about school.
"Especially since we have a lot of science majors on the squad "“ not that it really matters what your major is "“ the break was just so relieving for everyone," the junior gymnast said. Read more...

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Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and the Bruins are headed to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland.

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and the Bruins are headed to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland.

Freshman Olivia Courtney competes on vault earlier in the year. Courtney was the NCAA Athens Regional all-around champion, while the Bruins won the regional title and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships, which starts April 15 in Cleveland.

Gymnastics team lands regional title

The UCLA gymnastics team that showed up for the NCAA Athens Regional was not ready to give up its national title without a fight. Read more...

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Freshman Olivia Courtney competes on vault earlier in the year. Courtney was the NCAA Athens Regional all-around champion, while the Bruins won the regional title and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships, which starts April 15 in Cleveland.

Freshman Olivia Courtney competes on vault earlier in the year. Courtney was the NCAA Athens Regional all-around champion, while the Bruins won the regional title and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships, which starts April 15 in Cleveland.


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