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.
Over the weekend, UCLA gymnastics competed in what could have been its last meet of the season – the NCAA Columbus Regional.
But by clinching second place at the regionals, the Bruins earned a spot at the 2013 NCAA Championships, which will take place later this month at Pauley Pavillion.
Despite posting its highest road score of the year, UCLA gymnastics was unable to defend its Pac-12 Championship title.
And although the Bruins didn’t come away with the win, senior Vanessa Zamarripa shined in her final Pac-12 performance.
UCLA gymnastics spends three to four hours every day practicing skills that will only be showcased for a few minutes.
The main goal as they head into their final meet of the regular season against Arkansas is to make sure that the hard work they put in during practice is translated into their routines on competition day.
UCLA gymnastics just returned to Westwood after a grueling three-loss road trip, but it didn’t result in deflated morale for the Bruins. On the contrary, they said that the losses deepened their team bond.
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