UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics

The UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics team represents the University of California, Los Angeles and competes in the Pac-12 Conference. They currently compete in Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA. The team, coached by Janelle McDonald, has won 21 Regional titles and 7 NCAA National Championships, most recently in 2018.[2]

UCLA Bruins women's gymnastics
Founded1974 (1974)
UniversityUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Head coachJanelle McDonald (1st season)
LocationLos Angeles, California
Home arenaPauley Pavilion (Capacity: 13,800)
ColorsBlue and gold[1]
National championships
7 (1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2018)
NCAA Championships
Four on the Floor appearances
1 (2019)
Super Six appearances
22 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
NCAA Regional championships
23 (1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Regional Champions
Conference championships
20 (1981 [WCAA], 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Pac-12 Championships

The Bruins are known for recruiting top elite gymnasts from North America and beyond, including Austria, Germany, Guatemala, and Ireland.[3] Some notable former and current UCLA gymnasts include U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michelle Giuda, psychologist Onnie Willis Rogers, 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 (former Bruins team manager and volunteer assistant coach), Kyla Ross, Madison Kocian, Brooklyn Moors, and Jordan Chiles.


  • 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004: Won national championship.[4][5]
  • 2008 Canadian Olympic Gymnastics team member Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs attended UCLA, a member of the team in 2008–2009 season.
  • 2009: 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.[6] 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.[7]
  • 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.[8] 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 Samantha 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; Samantha 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, Samantha 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).
  • 2017: UCLA finished 4th at the NCAA Super Six Finals. Freshman Kyla Ross won both the balance beam and the uneven bars titles; she also received four perfect 10.0 scores throughout the season.[9] Freshman Madison Kocian also scored a perfect 10.0 on February 11.[10]
  • 2018: UCLA won their seventh NCAA title in St Louis. Peng Peng Lee and Katelyn Ohashi also won individual titles on the balance beam and floor exercise, respectively.
  • 2019: Coach Valorie Kondos Field will retire from coaching. An attendance record of 12,907 at Pauley Pavilion was set during a meet with Stanford on March 10, 2019. Senior Katelyn Ohashi set a Pac-12 record by winning the conference's Specialist of the Week award for the sixth time and her 10th career award this season. Kyla Ross completed a "gym slam" on March 17, 2019, at Miss Val's final home meet in Pauley Pavilion by recording a perfect 10 score on the floor exercise. UCLA won the Pac-12 championship with a score of 198.4, setting a new Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship record. Kyla Ross was the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, and Valorie Kondos Field was the Coach of the Year (her fifth Pac-12 honor).
  • 2020: On January 31, senior Gracie Kramer became the first of two gymnasts to score a perfect 10 on the floor exercise during the season; her routine garnered millions of views online.[11] On February 23, senior Grace Glenn scored the first leadoff 10.0 on the balance beam in NCAA history;[12] junior Nia Dennis' floor routine from the same meet went viral on Twitter and Facebook, leading to her appearance on the Ellen Show on March 11.[13] Kyla Ross scored three 10.0 scores during the season,[14] two on bars and the other on the last vault of her career;[15] this brought her career total to 22 perfect scores, tied 4th with Maggie Nichols in NCAA history.[16] On March 12, the NCAA cancelled the remainder of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States[17] The team finished the season ranked third, with an RQS of 197.565 after the tenth week of competition.[18]


Super Six appearances

UCLA Bruins Super Six Appearances
Year Finish Score

Four on the Floor appearances

UCLA Bruins Four on the Floor Appearances
Year Finish Score


Head coaches

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 1991–2019 516–120–3 .810
Chris Waller 2020–2022 20–10–0 .667
Janelle McDonald 2023–
  • record includes invitationals and conference championships as of 2021.

Coaches for the 2022–2023 season

Name Position
Janelle McDonald Head Coach
BJ Das Assistant Coach
Kyle Grable Assistant Coach
Autumn Grable Volunteer Assistant Coach


Current roster


2022–2023 Roster
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Ciena Alipio5-2FRSan Jose, CAMidwest Gymnastics
Emma Andres5-6SRRocklin, CAByers Roseville Gymnastics
Madisyn Anyimi5-6FRSacramento, CATechnique Gymnastics
Chae Campbell5-7JRCarrollton, TXMetroplex Gymnastics
Jordan Chiles4-11SOVancouver, WAWorld Champions Centre
Mia Erdoes5-5SONew York, NYGotham Gymnastics
Frida Esparza5-4JRPittsburg, CAHead Over Heels
Margzetta Frazier5-1SR+Sicklerville, NJParkettes
Selena Harris5-1FRLas Vegas, NVGymcats
Paige Hogan5-2SRSimi Valley, CAWaller's GymJam Academy
Chloe Lashbrooke5-3SRScottsdale, AZGold Medal Gymnastics
Emily Lee5-4SOLos Gatos, CAWest Valley Gymnastics
Emma Malabuyo5-0SOMilpitas, CATexas Dreams Gymnastics
Katie McNamara5-4JRManhattan Beach, CAWaller's GymJam Academy
Brooklyn Moors5-3SOCambridge, ONDynamo
Ana Padurariu5-3SOWhitby, ONGemini Gymnastics
Kalyany Steele5-2SRColorado Springs, COColorado Aerials
Sara Ulias5-4JRThousand Oaks, CAParamount Elite Gymnastics
Clara Wren5-1FRSan Marcos, CACoastal Gymnastics

Future recruits

Gymnasts who have committed to UCLA.

2023–2024 commits

NCAA Championships

Banners honoring the NCAA national championships won by UCLA.

With the titles in 2018, UCLA now has 40 NCAA individual titles and 7 team titles:

Event Winner/Year
Team (7)UCLA 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2018
All Around (5)Onnie Willis, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Tasha Schwikert, 2005; Tasha Schwikert, 2008; Sam Peszek, 2015
Vault (7)Jill Andrews, 1988; Kim Hamilton, 1989; Heidi Moneymaker, 1999; Jamie Dantzscher, 2002; Kristen Maloney, 2005; Vanessa Zamarripa, 2010; Kyla Ross, 2019
Uneven Bars (7)Heidi Moneymaker, 1998; Mohini Bhardwaj, 2000; Yvonne Tousek, 2001; Jamie Dantzscher, 2003; Kate Richardson, 2003; Tasha Schwikert, 2008; Kyla Ross, 2017
Balance Beam (10)Jill Andrews, 1989; Kiralee Hayashi, 1999; Lena Degteva, 2000; Kate Richardson, 2003; Kristen Maloney, 2005; Sam Peszek, 2011; Sam Peszek, 2015; Danusia Francis, 2016; Kyla Ross, 2017; Peng Peng Lee, 2018
Floor Exercise (11)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; Katelyn Ohashi, 2018; Kyla Ross, 2019

Awards and honors

Honda Award Winners
  • Kyla Ross, 2020
  • Christine Peng-Peng Lee, 2018
  • 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
Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year
  • Kyla Ross, 2019 & 2020
  • Vanessa Zamarripa, 2010 & 2013
  • Tasha Schwikert, 2007
  • Kate Richardson, 2006
  • Kristen Maloney, 2005
  • Jeanette Antolin, 2004
  • Onnie Willis, 2003
  • Jamie Dantzscher, 2002
  • Mohini Bhardwaj, 2001
  • Heidi Moneymaker, 2000
  • Kiralee Hayashi, 1999
  • Stella Umeh, 1998
  • Leah Homma, 1995 & 1997
  • Jill Andrews, 1988 & 1990
  • Tanya Service, 1987 & 1989
Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year
  • Chae Campbell, 2021
  • Kyla Ross, 2017
  • Olivia Courtney, 2011
  • Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, 2009
  • Brittani McCullough, 2008
  • Ariana Berlin, 2006
  • Tasha Schwikert, 2005
  • Kate Richardson, 2003
  • Doni Thompson, 2000
Pac-12 Specialist of the Year
  • Katelyn Ohashi, 2018 & 2019
  • Christine Peng-Peng Lee, 2017
Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year
  • Pauline Tratz, 2021
  • Madison Kocian, 2020
  • Christine Peng-Peng Lee, 2018
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

Past Olympians

Men's gymnastics team

The Bruins men's gymnastics team won two NCAA national champions in 1984 and 1987. The program was discontinued during university budget cuts in 1995 despite a record of athletic and academic success.[22]

Notable alumni of UCLA men's gymnastics include:

  • Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic gold medallist
  • Mitch Gaylord, 1984 NCAA all-around champion & Olympic gold medallist
  • Brian Ginsberg, two-time US junior national gymnastics champion
  • Scott Keswick, 1992 US Olympian and world rings and high bar finalist
  • Stephen McCain, 2000 US Olympian and 2001 world silver medallist
  • Chainey Umphrey, 1996 US Olympian and world high bar finalist
  • Peter Vidmar, 1982, 1983 NCAA all-around champion & 1984 2x Olympic gold medallist
  • Chris Waller, 1990 NCAA high bar champion and previous women's team head coach (2020-2022)
  • Freddy Behin, 1995, 1996, 1997 Finalist USA National Championships, 1996 World Championship

See also

  • UCLA Bruins
  • NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
  • Former and current UCLA gymnasts


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