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Nia Dennis: The top UCLA moment of 2020 (so far)

Nia’s floor routine had people near and far out of their seats

UCLA Gymnastics “Meet The Bruins” Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Once you saw it, it wasn’t hard to understand why UCLA junior gymnast Nia Dennis’ floor routine from earlier this season was voted the top moment for Bruins Athletics so far this year.

Dennis was dominant all season long but her routine against Utah in February took home the honors of top UCLA Athletics moment from the winter sport season.

Again, it wasn’t hard to understand why:

Voted on by the fans on social media, her viral moment was a terrifically efficient and incredibly fun floor routine against Utah. The No. 3 UCLA Gymnastics team narrowly lost the meet against the Utes but Dennis’ floor routine scored a perfect 10.0 in helping give the Bruins the win on the floor event.

From UCLA’s roster page on Dennis:

Earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors on vault and floor … Finished the year nationally-ranked No. 18 on floor … Won floor in two of her last three meets of the season … Her meet-winning 9.975 floor routine against Utah went viral with over 20 million views and landed her a guest spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show … Tied for first on floor against Cal with a 9.95 and earned a 10 from one of the two judges … Recorded a second-place finish on floor at Oregon State with a 9.925, her fifth-straight Top 3 finish on the event … Won her first floor title of the season against Utah … Captured her third vault title with a 9.9 at Arizona State and also tied for second on floor with a 9.9 … Tied for third on vault (9.85) and floor (9.875) against Arizona … Tied for first on vault with a 9.9 and tied for second on floor with a season-best 9.95 against Washington… Won her first event of the season at Stanford, tying for first on vault with a season-high 9.9, and made her season debut on beam, tying for third with a 9.875 … Placed second on vault for the second-straight meet at BYU, scoring 9.85 … Second on vault with a 9.875 and fourth on floor with a 9.925 against Boise State … Competed on vault (9.825 on a stuck Yurchenko full) and floor (9.85) at the Collegiate Challenge.

It sure was fun to relive that moment again!

Congratulations, Nia, you sure got us (and millions of others) dancing and moving with your routine.