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Gymnasts Barros, Rosen Sign with UCLA for 2024

Nov 9, 2022

International elite gymnasts and U.S. National Team members Sydney Barros and Katelyn Rosen have signed national letters of intent with UCLA, becoming the first gymnasts signed by first-year head coach Janelle McDonald.

Barros, a Lewisville, Texas native who trains at Texas Dreams, is a three-time U.S. National Team member who helped Team USA win bronze at the 2019 Junior World Championships, where she also placed fifth in the all-around and on vault. Barros had an outstanding 2019 junior season, placing second on floor exercise, third on beam and fifth in the all-around at the U.S. Championships and finishing second in the all-around and on floor exercise and third on vault at the GK U.S. Classic. She competed at the Winter Cup, U.S. Classic and U.S. Championships at the senior level in 2021 and earned a Top 10 all-around finish at the 2022 Winter Cup.

"Sydney boasts an internationally competitive skill level and performs with the style, beauty and energy that UCLA fans have come to enjoy from our Bruins. These qualities will make her a stand out in our line-ups for years to come," said McDonald. "Sydney has a steady, fun and sweet demeanor that helps her connect well with others. She is a natural fit culturally, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact she will make on our program."

Rosen, who is from Boerne, Texas and trains at Twin City Twisters in Minnesota, was a 2020 U.S. National Team member who has competed at the last four U.S. Championships. Earlier this year at the U.S. Classic, she won the floor exercise and placed third in the all-around and seventh on balance beam. Rosen also earned a sixth-place finish on floor exercise at the 2022 Winter Cup and a second-place showing on floor and 10th place finish in the all-around at the 2021 American Classic. Prior to qualifying to the elite level, she won the floor exercise title and placed fifth in the all-around at the 2018 Junior Olympic National Championships. Rosen has been a frequent invitee to National Team camps since making her elite debut.

"With Katelyn's skill-set as an elite athlete, along with her competition experience and technical ability, she is poised to make a strong and immediate impact to our program on all four events," McDonald said. "In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Katelyn has a joy and brightness that beams onto the people around her. She has an amazing work ethic and positive attitude that is inspiring to be around. We cannot wait to welcome her to Westwood!"