The 2020 UCLA gymnastics season is almost upon us and the Bruins have been working tirelessly all Fall on their routines for their upcoming season. This afternoon, fans can get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the annual Meet the Bruins blue vs. gold intersquad event. Admission is free and doors open at 3:00 pm and the event begins at 4:00 pm.
Routines will follow the Olympic order, beginning on vault and ending on floor. Each gymnast’s score will count toward their team total and a winner will be determined at the end.
This will be the first season under new head coach Chris Waller, who was promoted to the role after the retirement of the beloved Valorie Kondos-Field. His new staff includes Associate Head Coach Kristina Comforte, Assistant Coach Dom Palange and Volunteer Assistant Coach and choreographer B.J. Das.
UCLA lost two competitors from last year’s team with the graduation of Katelyn Ohashi and Brielle Nguyen. Of course, Ohashi nearly broke the internet with her floor routines in 2018 and 2019, garnering several million views between the two seasons. Nguyen set the team on the right path with her beam routine in the 2018 national championship after an unexpected fall by a teammate. The Bruins never looked back and edged the Oklahoma Sooners for the victory.
UCLA returns a wealth of experience, including seniors Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian, Pac-12 Vault co-champion Felicia Hano and Pac-12 Beam co-champion Grace Glenn. Ross went on an absolute tear last year with one perfect ten after another. So, fans can’t wait to see what she has in store this year.
Following the event, there will be a one-hour autograph session on the concourse.
The 2020 UCLA gymnastics season officially kicks off on Saturday, January 4 at 6:30pm at the Collegiate Challenge Powered by Under Armour at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Bruins will take on defending NCAA champion Oklahoma, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. UCLA’s first home meet will be on Sunday, January 12 against Boise State at 3pm.