Nia Dennis

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Nia Dennis
Nia Dennis (2014).JPG
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1999-02-23) February 23, 1999 (age 22)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
HometownWesterville, Ohio, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite (2015–16)
NCAA (2017–21)
Years on national team2012–16 (USA)
ClubBuckeye Gymnastics
Legacy Elite Gymnastics
College teamUCLA Bruins
Head coach(es)Chris Waller
Assistant coach(es)Randy Lane
Former coach(es)Kittia Carpenter
Li Li
Li Yuejiu
Wu Jiani
Valorie Kondos Field
Jordyn Wieber
RetiredApril 3, 2021

Nia Camille Dennis (born February 23, 1999) is a retired American collegiate artistic gymnast. She was a member of the USA National Team from 2012–16. She is the 2014 Pacific Rim team champion and junior all-around and vault silver medalist. She was a member of the UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics team.

Gymnastics career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

2010–12[edit]

Dennis competed at the 2010 Covergirl Classic in the 10-11 Hopes Division, where she placed second.[1] In 2011 Dennis qualified to Junior International Elite status. She qualified to the Covergirl Classic in the Junior division. She finished 21st of 36 participants, with a score of 50.450[2] and therefore did not advance to the National Championships.

Dennis was scheduled to compete at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic but withdrew due to injury.[3] She advanced to the 2012 National Championships as she had already qualified. She had an excellent two days of competition, accumulating a two-day all-around score of 109.550.[4]

Junior elite[edit]

2013[edit]

Dennis returned to the Secret U.S. Classic in 2013. She finished fifth all-around, picking up a gold medal in vault (15.250) and a silver on floor exercise (14.600).[5] Dennis advanced to the 2013 National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut. She finished her two days of competition with 112.550, placing fourth in the all-around.[6] She took home a silver medal on vault also.

2014[edit]

Dennis made her international debut in March 2014 at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy. She took home a team gold and individual silvers on the uneven bars and the all-around.[7] She went on to compete at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Richmond, Ontario, where she won the gold medal with the U.S. team and won silver in the all-around and on vault behind teammate Bailie Key.[8] In August Dennis competed at the U.S. Classic where she finished second in the all-around behind Jordan Chiles. She won gold on uneven bars, silver on vault behind Chiles, silver on balance beam behind Norah Flatley, and placed 26th on floor exercise.[9] Dennis finished the season competing at the National Championships. She placed second in the all-around behind Jazmyn Foberg. She placed first on vault and floor exercise, third on uneven bars behind Foberg and Flatley, 22nd on balance beam.[10]

Senior elite[edit]

2015[edit]

Dennis turned senior in 2015. On February 17, 2015, Dennis announced that she had committed to UCLA for NCAA gymnastics.[11] At the 2015 U.S. Classic Dennis did not compete on floor exercise. She finished sixth and seventh on uneven bars and balance beam respectively.[12] At the 2015 National Championships Dennis finished ninth in the all-around,[13] 13th on uneven bars, fourth on balance beam, and tenth on floor exercise.[14] Following the National Championships Dennis was named to the U.S. Senior National Team and was invited to the World Championships training camp.[15]

2016[edit]

Dennis was selected to represent the United States at the Stuttgart World Cup.[16] However, in February 2016, she tore her Achilles tendon[17] and was replaced by Amelia Hundley.[18] In June Dennis competed at the National Championships where she only competed on uneven bars. She finished eighth on the apparatus.[19]

On November 16 Dennis officially signed her National Letter of Intent with the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team.[20]

NCAA[edit]

2017–18 season[edit]

In the fall of 2017, Dennis began attending the University of California, Los Angeles, joining the gymnastics program for the 2017-2018 season.[21]

Regular season ranking[22][edit]

Season All-Around Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2018 N/A 28th 43rd N/A 109th
2019 N/A 23rd N/A 347th 86th
2020[a] N/A 32nd N/A N/A 18th
2021 N/A 24th 34th 330th 21st
  1. ^ The season was cancelled after the 10th week of competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Competitive history[edit]

Junior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2012 National Championships 7 9 13 5 8
2013 U.S. Classic 5 1st place, gold medalist(s) 16 9 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
National Championships 4 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 20 6 4
2014 City of Jesolo Trophy 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Pacific Rim Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6
U.S. Classic 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 26
National Championships 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 22 1st place, gold medalist(s)

Senior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2015 U.S. Classic 6 7
National Championships 9 13 4 10
2016 National Championships 8

NCAA[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2018 PAC-12 Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) 13 7
NCAA Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) 58 54
2019 PAC-12 Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) 8 8
NCAA Championships 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 7 20
2020 PAC-12 Championships Canceled due to the
COVID-19 pandemic in the USA
[23][24]
NCAA Championships
2021 PAC-12 Championships 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Cover Girl Classic. Meet Results - Multi Women - Hope 10-11" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ "CoverGirl Classic Chicago, IL (USA) 2011 July 23 Artistic Gymnastics Results Women Junior". Gymnastics Results. 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Nia Dennis Profile". GymDivas.us. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ "2012 Visa Championships - Women Day 2 Meet Results - Juniors" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 10 June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ "2013 Secret U.S. Classic Meet Results" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 27 July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ "2013 P&G Championships - Women Day 2 Meet Results - Multi" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. USA Gymnastics. 17 August 2013. p. 1. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ "VII Trofeo Cita' di Jesolo 2014 Jesolo (Venice) (ITA) 2014 Mar 22-23 Artistic Gymnastics Results Women Senior & Junior". Gymnastics Results. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ "2014 Pacific Rim Championships April 9-12, 2014 – Richmond Olympic Oval Team and All-Around Results" (PDF). Pacific Rim 2014 Gymnastics Championships. 9 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  9. ^ https://usagym.org/PDFs/Results/w_14classic_jr.pdf
  10. ^ https://usagym.org/PDFs/Results/w_14champs_jrevents.pdf
  11. ^ "2017-18 Dennis to UCLA - CollegeGymFans.com". collegegymfans.com.
  12. ^ https://usagym.org/PDFs/Results/w_15susc_sr.pdf
  13. ^ https://usagym.org/PDFs/Results/w_15champs_sraa.pdf
  14. ^ https://usagym.org/PDFs/Results/w_15champs_srevents.pdf
  15. ^ "USA Gymnastics announces 2015 World Championships training squad". USA Gymnastics.
  16. ^ "Stuttgart World Cup Competitors Announced". January 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Hopkins, Lauren (February 18, 2016). "Okay, I can confirm that Nia Dennis has torn her Achilles. Truly heartbroken for her after such a strong return to the sport last summer".
  18. ^ "Amelia Hundley To Replace Nia Dennis At Stuttgart World Cup". FloGymnastics. February 29, 2016.
  19. ^ https://usagym.org/PDFs/Results/w_16champs_srevents.pdf
  20. ^ "UCLA Gymnastics Signs Dennis, Tratz to NLIs". UCLA Bruins. November 16, 2016.
  21. ^ Vera, Amir. "UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis has crowd falling crazy in love with her Beyoncé-inspired routine". CNN. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  22. ^ "Standings". roadtonationals.com. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  23. ^ "Pac-12 statement on men's basketball tournament, Pac-12 sport competitions and Pac-12 championship events". Pac-12 Conference. March 11, 2020.
  24. ^ "NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships due to coronavirus concerns". NCAA. March 13, 2020.

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