Aug. 13, 1999
Westwood, CA - UCLA senior Heidi Moneymaker (Santa Rosa, CA) will attempt to become just the second collegiate gymnast this decade to make the USA National Team when she competes at the USA Gymnastics Championships Aug. 26 in Sacramento, CA.
Moneymaker was successfully petitioned directly into the Championships by basis of her performance at the World University Games, where she placed ninth in the all-around during team competition with a score of 37.037. Moneymaker placed 16th in the all-around finals.
The 21 year-old senior is one of two "twenty-somethings" competing in the Championships. Also competing is 27 year-old Kristie Phillips, a member of the U.S. National Team from 1984-89. However, unlike Phillips, Moneymaker, a former Level 10 gymnast at Rohnert Park Gymnastics, is competing in her first USA Championships in attempts to make the National Team for the first time.
Last season at UCLA, Moneymaker won the NCAA vault championship and placed third in the all-around. She also won the Pac-10 and Region 1 all-around championships and was selected the Region 1 Gymnast of the Year. Moneymaker won the NCAA bars title as a sophomore in 1998.
Moneymaker, UCLA's first USA Championships competitor since 1988 (Moneymaker's teammate Mohini Bhardwaj was also petitioned into this year's Championships but will be unable to compete due to an elbow injury suffered at the World University Games), will be coached by her UCLA coaches Valorie Kondos, Randy Lane and Steve Gerlach. Kondos, UCLA's head coach and the daughter of famous Sacramento artist Greg Kondos, will be returning to her hometown in the State's capitol. She is a former dancer with the Sacramento Ballet and a former dance coach at Pantheon Gymnastics in Rancho Cordova, CA.