Melissa Chan Rejoins UCLA Gymnastics Team

March 12, 2007

Sophomore Melissa Chan (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS) has rejoined the UCLA gymnastics team. Chan, who was not on the squad at the beginning of the school year, has met criteria set by UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field for reinstatement to the team.

Last season as a freshman, Chan was one of the Bruins' top balance beam performers, tying for second place at the Pac-10 Championships with a career-best 9.95. She scored 9.8 or better on the event in seven of her eight meets and led the team with a 9.844 season average. Chan competed in the all-around five times, with a season-best 39.375 that gave her a first-place finish against Oregon State on Jan. 22, 2006. Prior to UCLA, she was a three-time Level 10 national all-around and vault champion and the 2000 U.S. Junior National vault champion.

'One of the greatest parts of coaching is witnessing young adults mature and understand the biggest lesson that we try to teach them at UCLA gymnastics - that life is about choices, and the choices you make dictate the life that you lead,' said Kondos Field. 'It's been rewarding for our team and us coaches to see Melissa mature in such a way that allows her to be reinstated to a program of which she wants very much to be a part. She's excited about embracing the values and standards of the team.'

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