UCLA Gymnastics Signs Canadian Standout Aisha Gerber To Letter-Of-Intent

May 22, 2008

UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field announced today the signing of Canadian national team member Aisha Gerber of Cambridge, ON to a national letter-of-intent.

Gerber trains at Oakville Gymnastics Club under coaches Kelly and Sue Manjak, who also coached Olympic gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt. Gerber placed third in the all-around at the 2006 American Cup and helped Canada win a team bronze medal at the 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships. Also that year, she placed fifth on floor exercise and sixth on balance beam at the World Cup finals. Gerber won the 2005 Canadian uneven bars title and was the junior national champion in the all-around and vault in 2004. This year, Gerber won the vault title and placed in the Top 12 in the all-around at the 2008 International Gymnix meet, and she qualified for the event finals on vault at the Cottbus World Cup last month, placing sixth.

Said Kondos Field, 'I remember the first time I saw Aisha Gerber compete. She was 13 years old and was obviously extremely talented and had an undeniable professional quality to her performance. It was at that time that I began mentally preparing to recruit her to someday become a UCLA Bruin. Aisha embodies all that we pride ourselves on at UCLA. She is a brilliant and serious student of academics as well as of gymnastics. She also exudes confidence, poise and elegance, much like her fellow Canadian and past Bruin Yvonne Tousek.'

Gerber is the second Canadian National Team member to sign with UCLA in the last year, joining World medalist Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, who signed a letter-of-intent last Spring and will enroll in the fall of 2008. Also in next year's freshman class are Fall signees Kaelie Baer, Tauny Frattone and Vanessa Zamarripa.

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