(Helen Quach/Design Director)
No. 9 UCLA gymnastics’ Pac-12 journeys with No. 4 Utah and No. 3 California are coming to a close. Daily Bruin Sports’ “Postcards from the Pac” explores the Bruins’ recent and upcoming meets against the Red Rocks and Golden Bears, as well as spotlights on UCLA gymnasts and coaches.
UCLA gymnastics was in a rebuilding period when Janelle McDonald arrived in Westwood in May 2022.
After finishing the 2021 season ranked No. 12 – its lowest finish in 15 years – the program known for its high-level gymnastics and positive team culture was stunted in a dark period.
Walking around UCLA’s campus, building after building is named after Hall of Fame athletes and coaches.
From Drake Stadium and Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center to the John Wooden Center and Jackie Robinson Stadium, there is a long list of Bruin greats who have made their mark in Westwood.
Monday marked the end of the Bruins’ conference winning streak.
But they have not allowed the defeat to curb their preparation for the postseason.
“We absolutely opened the door with just steps on landings,” said coach Janelle McDonald.
Nya Reed hadn’t trained gymnastics for an entire year.
At her first conditioning set at UCLA six months ago, she nearly passed out.
But today, the graduate student shares a top-10 national ranking on floor.
This post was updated Feb. 19 at 9:31 p.m.
The Den had laid out blue and yellow “Denography” pamphlets throughout the Pauley Pavilion lower bowl in anticipation of Monday’s top-10 matchup.
As Nya Reed closed out floor and the torn-up paper rained down in the stands around her, she didn’t know the teams’ exact scores except that the Bruins and Red Rocks were close.
The Bruins are one of only seven teams to boast a national gymnastics championship.
They share a record – with Stanford – for the highest team score ever recorded in a collegiate gymnastics meet.
After coming close to perfection twice last weekend, Selena Harris finally did it.
The sophomore was perfect in her late-night vault in Corvallis.
With Harris’ last perfect score coming from last year’s NCAA regionals, she did it again, sticking her Yurchenko 1.5 for the Bruins’ first 10 of the 2024 campaign.
searching for more articles...
ELDERLY MAN SEEKING Private instructions on Microsoft Touchscreen computer and Apple I-Phone. Please call Martin at 310-551-1000