On Sunday, March 4th, the UCSD Men’s and Women’s gymnastics teams performed an exceptional meet, with new routines, harder skills, and for many on the team, an NAIGC debut. The meet took place at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles and was hosted by the UCLA Club Gymnastics team.
Beginning bright and early on Sunday morning, the men’s modified NCAA teams competed, with UCSD competing in all six events. Abajian, sophomore, Gutierrez, freshman, and Thackston, PhD student, brought home the 2nd place team title for UCSD, and showed incredible diversity by preparing routines for floor, rings, high bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, and vault.
Later in the afternoon, the UCSD Women’s Gymnastics team competed in the Level 8 Division. Grudin, freshman, and Adee, junior, started the team off with clean vaults, showing true awareness of space and landing with little to no deductions. Majee, Silverman, and Cannon, sophomores, continued the energy with outstanding performances on the uneven bars, with Majee scoring a 9.6 and closing the score gap with UCLA and UC Davis. In the next rotation, Ho, sophomore, took the lead for UCSD with an unprecedented balance beam score of 9.9, a nearly perfect routine that left the crowd in awe. And finally, on floor, Chamaa, Majee, and Silverman finished the team off with scores that maintained the stride of the meet. In the individual competition, Elaine Silverman took home first place in the all around, proving talent to her team and herself once again. The team placed 1st in the overall competition.
Both the men’s and women’s teams have championship banners that will be hung in the UCSD Main Gym Gymnastics facility.