UCSD Gymnastics hits Memphis
Over spring break, the UCSD gymnastics team traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to compete in the NAIGC Nationals Competition. With two days of qualifications and a third day for finals, the week was packed with gymnastics. Team members competed across all disciplines, including WAG levels Xcel Silver, Xcel Platinum, and Level 8, MAG levels 7 and 9, and Trampoline and Tumbling (T&T).
Junior Tessa Gluckman and sophomore Sarah Mackey started the week off strong with the level 8 session with Sarah showing off her Tsukahara on vault and Tessa hitting a solid beam routine with both of them scoring high on floor. Next was the men’s events session with seniors Tomoharu Tanaka and Aidan Linkins, juniors Cannon Wurster, Annika Sy and Constance Zanze and grad student Tuomas Oikarinen competing. Both Aidan and Annika competed the men's events in level 7 for the first time. Next was freshman Nyla Janmohamed competing in the all around for XCEL Silver, completing her first full season of gymnastics. In the next session, the XCEL Platinum team competed. Sophomore Sydney Kundert along with Annika and Constance competed all four events in this competitive level. Sydney had a strong all around score hitting all four events while Annika and Constance completed their decathlon, all four WAG events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor), and all six MAG events (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar). Meanwhile, Tomoharu became the first UCSD gymnast to compete in trampoline and tumbling. All ten athletes performed strongly in prelims, and the Tritons had many cleanly executed and difficult routines represented on a national level.
The final round of competition was difficult to qualify for with over 1200 athletes competing, but Tessa qualified on beam and performed a beautiful routine on Saturday, tying for the fifth highest score. We are so proud of our team and are happy to end our season with this competition. We look forward to making new goals and training hard for next year!