As the competition season of gymnastics begins, the UCSD men’s and women’s gymnastics team chose to start off the season with the Virtual NAIGC Championships, in which all athletes submitted videos of their routines to be scored and compared against other club teams in the nation. The meet was conducted in the same manner as a classic gymnastics meet – structured warm-up times, rotations, and an audience to encourage optimal effort in all routines. The team performed impressively – many athletes making their competitive gymnastics debut and others competing tricks they’ve never done before. Elaine Silverman, sophomore, wowed her teammates with her opening tumbling pass on floor – a round-off back 1 1/2 connected to a front tuck. In addition, the entire team had zero falls on balance beam, an impressive feat considering the size of the competing group. Kyle Thackston, PhD student, gave impressive routines on all six men’s events. Victoria Adee, junior, gave a clean bar routine – paying attention to details such as pointed toes and straight legs, using her history of diving to her advantage. All in all, the UCSD gymnastics team is showing promise for the rest of the season, and is projected to score competitively against other universities this year.