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Margzetta Frazier returns for sixth year with UCLA gymnastics

Margzetta Frazier salutes the crowd during a meet at Pauley Pavilion. Frazier is returning to UCLA gymnastics for her sixth season with the program. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Benjamin Royer

Sept. 10, 2023 11:16 a.m.

Margzetta Frazier is back.

Coach Janelle McDonald said Tuesday that the graduate student would be returning for her sixth year with the program. Frazier, who has yet to fall on a routine – landing all 131 in her collegiate career – joined UCLA in 2019 and helped lead the squad to an appearance at nationals last season.

“We could not be more excited to have her back and have her leadership and her experience,” McDonald said. “You know, help us create and write this next chapter of our program.”

The announcement comes after Frazier was included on the Bruins’ 2024 roster – which was published Aug. 25 on UCLA Athletics’ website. The upcoming campaign will mark her final year of NCAA eligibility.

Frazier returned to UCLA as a redshirt senior in 2023 after suffering a fractured foot during the first meet of the 2022 campaign. She mainly competed for the Bruins on bars, floor and vault last season.

At the 2023 NCAA Championships, Frazier scored a 9.950 on floor, which placed fourth overall, and earned All-American honors for the first time in the event. Previously, the gymnastics veteran was a three-time All-American on bars.

Frazier competes on floor at the 2023 NCAA Los Angeles Regional. (Anya Yakimenko/Daily Bruin staff)
Frazier competes on floor at the 2023 NCAA Los Angeles Regional. (Anya Yakimenko/Daily Bruin staff)


The conversations around Frazier’s return to Westwood began halfway through last season since she still held her COVID-19 year – an extra year of eligibility granted to players in NCAA programs during the pandemic – McDonald said. Since UCLA redshirted Frazier two years ago while she rehabbed her broken foot, the additional year was still up for grabs.

“The conversation came up because she really enjoyed gymnastics last year,” McDonald said. “She loved being a part of a team and she really felt like she was continuing to grow in the sport and as a leader.”

She scored 9.900 or higher on floor nine times while matching or eclipsing the same score eight times on bars in 2023.

Frazier joins Florida transfer Nya Reed, and returning Bruins Chloe Lashbrooke and Emma Andres as the other graduate students on the roster.

“I think all four of them have an enthusiasm for UCLA but also for gymnastics still, and I think that’s something really valuable to have moving forward,” McDonald said.

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Benjamin Royer | Alumnus
Royer was the 2023-2024 Assistant Sports editor on the baseball, gymnastics and men's water polo beats and a reporter on the football beat. He was also a staff writer on the baseball, football and gymnastics beats in 2022-2023. He studied communication and graduated in 2024.
Royer was the 2023-2024 Assistant Sports editor on the baseball, gymnastics and men's water polo beats and a reporter on the football beat. He was also a staff writer on the baseball, football and gymnastics beats in 2022-2023. He studied communication and graduated in 2024.
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