UCLA - Pauley Palooza
On Sunday, the UCSD Gymnastics Team headed to UCLA to compete at Pauley Palooza. Competing right after the NCAA competition, gymnasts were able to compete on all four women’s events: floor, vault, beam, and uneven bars. This competition brought together many teams of all levels, developmental to level nine, from across California and even Rhode Island.
The women’s developmental team had a strong showing on all events but especially shined on vault and floor, where personal bests and new routines were seen. In fact, Madison Adornetto, with three scores being above 9.0, was third in the all-around. Katherine Baker, who was the only level 7 from UCSD, showed off her beautiful lines and flexibility on the balance beam and floor exercise. Allyson Osborn and Clare Haworth, our level 8’s, showed that even falls would not stop them from competing at their best and scoring huge numbers. The level 9 team, which consisted of many of the members of the men’s team, demonstrated the wide range and depth of the UCSD Gymnastics Team. Although it was the first time that many of the guys had to do beam and dance in their floor routine, they had a lot of fun while also placing in the top. For example, Ryan Burgess, in his season opener, became floor and vault champion.
On the other hand, there were two men that competed men’s floor and vault at the developmental level. Justin and Brandon represented UCSD with routines that demonstrated their hard work. Thus, Brandon was third on vault and in the all-around.
Despite a few falls here and there, the team showed why they are some of the best in the region. Not only do they have amazing routines, but they have a spirit of family and encouragement that is contagious among their members and other teams. With Regionals in a few weeks, the UCSD Gymnastics Team excitedly gets back into the gym to add the finishing touches and polish onto routines.