UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj To Compete At U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Aug. 6, 2001

Two-time NCAA champion and 2001 Collegiate Gymnast of the Year Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA/Cincinnati, OH) has successfully petitioned to compete at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will be held Aug. 8-11 at Temple University's Liacouras Center and McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

Bhardwaj, 22, will be competing in her sixth U.S. Championships. At her last U.S. Championships in 1997, she placed third in the all-around to qualify for the World Championship team. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1992-1997 and placed fifth on vault at the 1997 World Championships. She competed at the 1996 Olympic Trials, where she placed 10th, and she was the national runner-up on beam that same year.

At UCLA, Bhardwaj won two NCAA individual (2000 uneven bars, 2001 floor exercise) and two team titles (2000, 2001) and captured the 2001 Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate gymnast. As a Bruin from 1998-2001, she reset the UCLA record books, scoring eight perfect 10s and recording an all-around total of 39.975 out of 40 in a dual meet earlier this year.

In her first elite competition in four years, Bhardwaj competed three of four events at the U.S. Classic in July and tied for second on vault with a score of 9.35.

The U.S. Gymnastics Championships will crown national champions in both all-around and individual event finals. The competition will name the 2001 World Championship Teams along with the 2001-2002 Senior and Junior National Teams who will represent the U.S. in international competition throughout the year. Spots on the Goodwill Games Team are also at stake.

The 2001 World Championships for artistic gymnastics are October 28-November 4, in Ghent, Belgium. The Goodwill Games are August 29-September 9, in Brisbane, Australia.

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