UCSD Gymnastics Takes Competition to Another Level! - Virtual Stars Championships 2020
In these last two weeks, many UCSD gymnasts took to the competition floor and showed off beautifully, powerful gymnastics. The structure of this competition allowed gymnasts from all over the country to compete against one another without leaving their schools. By submitting videos to Virtual Stars, all competitors could have their routines critiqued by an esteemed panel of judges, receive feedback, and bring home titles!
On the women’s side, the developmental team showed that even though they are new to gymnastics, they are a force to be reckoned with. Even though this was a first for many of them, there were artistic floor routines, graceful beam skills, sky-high vaults, and exquisite bar work. For the level 7 team, they shone with confidence as they revealed the results of their summer training. In the level 8 category, the team president, captains, and members reminded the gymnastics world why they are regional champions. Elaine, Clare, and Ally rocked the all-around, which includes all four women’s events: floor, beam, uneven bars, and vault, and demonstrated that they are ready for the new season. President, Linh-An, wowed everyone with her technically perfect balance beam routine and continued her final season with a hit routine.
Just as great as the women’s teams, the men’s teams rocked the virtual gymnastics world. The developmental team put on a good showing despite it being both of the members’ first time competing. Justin and Brandon both showed proficiency on many of the six men’s apparatuses. Jeremy, Michael, and Nicholas also revealed confident and strong level 9 routines on all six men’s events: high bar, floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, and parallel bars. From high flying flips to intricate pirouettes on the bars, all three men performed routines that demonstrated their hard work and want to win this season. Philip and Ryan also competed the men’s events but at the NCAA modified level, as well as, women’s level 9 routines. In hopes of bringing home more decathlon wins, both guys presented routines that they will be competing throughout the year that showcase their strength, flexibility, and diversity in gymnastics. Though the men are becoming older, as there are several juniors and seniors competing, they are showing that they are ready to win many championships this season while having fun as they complete their career in competitive gymnastics.
Due to the nature of the competition, the scores will not be available for a few weeks; however, from the experience and knowledge of some of the experienced members, it is anticipated that there will be many high scores and personal records. The UCSD gymnastics team is excited and ready to hit the floor at the next meet which will be at UCLA. Go Tritons!