UCLA Bruins gymnastics

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UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics
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Founded 1974 (1974)
University University of California, Los Angeles
Conference Pac-12
Location Los Angeles, California
Head coach Valorie Kondos Field (27th year)
Home arena Pauley Pavilion (Capacity: 13,800)
Nickname Bruins
Colors True Blue and Gold[1]
National Championships
6 (1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010)
NCAA Championships
NCAA Regional Champions
21 (1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
Regional Champions
Conference Champions
18 (2016, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1981[WCAA])
Pac-12 Championships

The UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics team represents the University of California at Los Angeles and competes in the Pac-12 Conference. They currently compete in Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA. The team, coached by Valorie Kondos Field, has won 21 Regional titles and 6 NCAA National Championships, most recently in 2010.[2]

The Bruins are known for recruiting top elite gymnasts from both the US and Canada.[3] Some notable former UCLA gymnasts include Dr. Onnie Willis Rogers and current stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker and Olympic gymnasts Jamie Dantzscher, Mohini Bhardwaj, Kate Richardson, Tasha Schwikert, Kristen Maloney, Yvonne Tousek, Stella Umeh, Luisa Portocarrero, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Sam Peszek, Peng Peng Lee, Jennifer Pinches, Jordyn Wieber, and Kyla Ross.

UCLA also fielded a men's gymnastics team until 1994, when it was discontinued due to budget cuts.


  • 2008 Canadian Olympic Gymnastics team member Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs attended UCLA, a member of the team in 2008–2009 season.
  • The Bruins won the 2009 Pac-10 title, their 14th, and was 7th seeded in the NCAA National Championships. They competed at the NCAA North Central Regionals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Apr. 4 with Florida (#6), Minnesota (#18), Denver (#20), Iowa State (#23) and Iowa (#28). The Bruins came in second behind Florida.[4]
  • 2009 – In the second session of the national championships, the Bruins finished tie for third place with Utah. But Utah won the tie breakers by counting all the scores of the six competitors in each event and advanced to the Super Six team finals.[5]
  • 2010 – The team won its 15th Pacific-10 Championship, with Anna Li scoring a perfect 10 on uneven bars. Vanessa Zamarripa won all-around and vault, and was named 2010 Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Year.
  • 2010 – UCLA Gymnastics won the Los Angeles Regional and qualified for the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Florida.[6] Anna Li again scored a perfect 10 on the uneven bars at Pauley Pavilion, where both of her parents, Li Yuejiu and Wu Jiani won medals at the 1984 Olympic Games.
  • 2010 – USA Olympic team silver medalist Sam Peszek is attending UCLA, and is a new member of the 2011 UCLA gymnastics team.
  • 2010– The team won its sixth ncaa title at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, FL.
  • 2011 – UCLA finished second in the national competition; Athens Regional champions; Sam Peszek was first in balance beam with a 9.90 score.
  • 2012 – Third place finish in team competition; Olivia Courtney was third in uneven bars, and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs was second in floor exercise.
  • 2013 – UCLA was 4th in the team competition held at its own Pauley Pavilion; Four Bruins finished as top-eight performers in individual competition, three (Olivia Courtney, Kaelie Baer, and Vanessa Zamarripa) on vault and one (Danusia Francis) on beam.
  • 2014 – UCLA did not qualify to Saturday night's Super Six competition in Birmingham, AL. Two Bruins competed on Sunday in event finals, Sam Peszek and Olivia Courtney.
  • 2015 – UCLA captured the team's 21st Regional Championship with a score of 197.500 points at the NCAA Columbus Regional. Samantha Peszek was the All Around Co-Champion with 39.6 points; Samantha Peszek also won the balance beam with a 9.950 score.
  • 2016 – UCLA finished second at the Salt Lake City Regional, held at the University of Utah's Jon M. Huntsman Center with a score of 196.375. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships for the 32nd time, assigned to the Semifinal II. Seniors Danusia Francis and Sadiqua Bynum and junior Angi Cipra were awarded regular season All-America honors by the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC/W).

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years Record Win %
Lee Ann Lobdill 1977–1979 34–30–0 .531
Jerry Tomlinson 1980–1990 191–63–1 .750
Scott Bull 1991–1994 77–16–0 .828
Valorie Kondos Field 1991–present 451–107–2 .801
record includes invitationals and conference championships as of 2014.

Current roster (2016)[edit]

2015–16 Roster[7]
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Matteah Brow 5–5 FR Manhattan Beach, CA JAG
Sadiqua Bynum 5–4 R-SR Berkeley, CA Head Over Heels Athletic Arts
Angi Cipra 5–2 JR Mesa, AZ Desert Devils Gymnastics
Sophina DeJesus 5–1 SR Temecula, CA SCEGA
Rechelle Dennis 5–4 SO Dix Hills, NY Gold Medal Huntington
Danusia Francis 5–4 SR Kenilworth, UK Heathrow Gymnastics Club
Mikaela Gerber 5–5 JR Cambridge, Ontario Oakville Gymnastics Club
Napualani Hall 5–4 SO Kansas City, MO Fuzion Gymnastics
JaNay Honest 5–2 SO Visalia, CA Central California
Christine Peng-Peng Lee 5–2 R-JR Richmond Hill, Ontario Sport Seneca/Oakville Gymnastics Club
Sonya Meraz 5–1 SO Santa Monica, CA All Olympia
Melissa Metcalf 5–3 SO Mesa, AZ Desert Devils
Hallie Mossett 5–2 JR Los Angeles, CA West Coast Elite Gymnastics
Katelyn Ohashi 4–10 FR Plano, TX WOGA
Madison Preston 5–3 FR Loveland, OH Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy
Stella Savvidou 5–2 FR Melbourne, Australia Methodist Ladies College Gymnastics Club
Nicki Shapiro 5–1 FR Los Angeles, CA All Olympia
Macy Toronjo 4–11 FR Huntsville, TX Texas Dreams

Team Manager: Jordyn Wieber

Gymnasts who have committed to attend UCLA in the future:[8]

  • 2016–17
    • Felicia Hano – US National Team member, Pan American Championships gold medalist
    • Veronica Hults – 2013 U.S Junior National Team Member, 3rd at 2013 P&G National Championships, junior division
    • Madison Kocian – 2014 World Champion (team), 2015 World Champion (team, uneven bars), 2016 US Olympic Team member
    • Kyla Ross – 2012 Olympic gold medalist with US team, 2013 & 2014 World Championships medalist
    • Giulianna Pino – Ecuadorian National Team Member
    • Anna and Grace Glenn – Level 10 JO US National Team Members
  • 2017–18
  • 2018–19

NCAA Championships[edit]

Banners honoring the NCAA national championships won by UCLA.

With the titles in 2015, UCLA now has 34 NCAA individual titles and six team titles:[9]

Event Winner/Year
Team (6) UCLA 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010
All Around (5) Onnie Willis, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Tasha Schwikert, 2005; Tasha Schwikert, 2008; Sam Peszek, 2015
Vault (6) Jill Andrews, 1988; Kim Hamilton, 1989; Heidi Moneymaker, 1999; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Kristen Maloney, 2005; Vanessa Zamarripa, 2010
Uneven Bars (6) Heidi Moneymaker, 1998; Mohini Bhardwaj, 2000; Yvonne Tousek, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2003; Kate Richardson, 2003; Tasha Schwikert, 2008
Balance Beam (8) Jill Andrews, 1989; Kiralee Hayashi, 1999; Lena Degteva, 2000; Kate Richardson, 2003; Kristen Maloney, 2005; Sam Peszek, 2011; Sam Peszek, 2015; Danusia Francis, 2016
Floor Exercise (9) Kim Hamilton, 1987; Kim Hamilton, 1988; Kim Hamilton, 1989; Stella Umeh,1995; Stella Umeh, 1998; Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Kate Richardson, 2006; Brittani McCullough, 2010

Awards and honors[edit]

Honda Award Winners
  • Kristen Maloney, 2005
  • Onnie Willis, 2003
  • Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001
  • Jill Andrews, 1990
  • Sharon Shapiro, 1981
AAI Award (National Senior of the Year)
  • Vanessa Zamarripa, 2013
  • Jamie Dantzscher, 2004
  • Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001
  • Donna Kemp, 1984
National Coach of the Year
  • Valorie Kondos Field, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1989
  • Jerry Tomlinson, 1989
National Asst. Coach of the Year
  • Chris Waller, 2004
  • Randy Lane, 2000

Men's gymnastics team[edit]

The Bruins men's gymnastics team won two NCAA national champions in 1984 and 1987. The program was discontinued during university budget cuts in 1993 despite a record of athletic and academic success.[10]

Notable alumni of UCLA men's gymnastics include:


  1. ^ "UCLA's Official Colors". Associated Students of UCLA (ASUCLA). 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  2. ^ "2015 UCLA Gymnastics media guide" (PDF). UCLA Bruins Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Peraza, Misael. "UCLA takes to Canadian talent". Daily Bruin. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  4. ^ UCLA Wins Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship
  5. ^ 2009 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships
  6. ^ UCLA Gymnastics Wins Los Angeles Regional To Qualify For NCAA Championships, UCLABruins.com, April 10, 2010
  7. ^ "Gymnastics – Roster – UCLA Bruins Official Athletic Site". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  8. ^ http://collegegymfans.com/recruits/recruitables-database/search
  9. ^ Zamarripa, McCullough Win NCAA Event Titles, UCLABruins.com, April 24, 2010
  10. ^ Robbins, Danny. "Three Teams Go in UCLA Cutback". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 

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