Lena Degteva
Lena Degteva

Player Profile

Mississauga, Ontario

High School:
Gymnastics Mississauga/Silverthorn HS


1999 (Canada) - Was Canada's lone gymnastics representative at the World University Games...Placed 13th in the all-around finals with a score of 35.925.

1999 - First-team All-American on vault for the third consecutive year after scoring a 9.875 at the NCAA Team Prelims in the leadoff position...Also earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around for the first time in her career with a sixth-place score of 39.375...Placed fourth on bars at the event finals with a season-best 9.9 and became a first-team All-American for the first time on that event...Second-team All-American on floor...Now ranks third all-time at UCLA with eight career All-America awards...All-Pac-10 selection in the all-around...Won three all-around crowns in 1999, including the all-around titles at the UCLA Invite and Bruin Classic...All-around, bars, beam and floor champion at the UCLA Invitational...Won the all-around with a then-career-high 39.425 and placed first on bars and floor (career-high 9.95) at the Bruin Classic, en route to being named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Mar. 3-8...Placed first in the all-around with a 39.225 at Oregon State Jan. 22...Recorded a career-high 39.575 to place third at the Pac-10 Championships...Averaged 39.296 in the all-around her last seven meets...Ranked 23rd nationally in the all-around with an RQS of 39.1562...Competed in all but two possible events during the season...Had a team-high three wins on floor...Ranked 21st nationally on floor (9.8937 RQS) and 20th on vault (9.802)...Also had three wins on bars, two on beam and two on vault for a total of 13 first place finishes...Had 32 total Top 3 finishes, including a team-high eight on bars, eight on vault, seven on floor and six in the all-around.

1998 - Earned first-team All-America honors on vault for the second consecutive year after scoring a 9.9 at the NCAA Team Prelims...Also earned second-team All-America honors in the all-around with a Day One score of 39.175, good for 14th place overall...Scored a 9.9 or higher on vault in her last four meets...Pac-10 vault champion with a career-high 9.925...Had a strong regional showing, placing third in the all-around (39.275) and second on vault (career-high tying 9.925)...Placed first in the all-around twice, winning the Bruin Classic (39.15) and tying for first at Washington (39.325)...Scored a 39.175 to place second all-around at Cal...Had five Top 3 placings on floor, including a first-place at Arizona with a season-high 9.925...Had four Top 3 placings on vault and beam and three on bars...Averaged a 9.795 on vault and a 9.777 on floor...Competed 45 of 48 possible routines.

1997 - Earned first-team All-America honors on the vault after scoring a career-high 9.9 in the leadoff position at Day One of the NCAA Championships...Placed fifth in vault finals at NCAAs by scoring a 9.825 on a handspring front pike and a 9.8 on a pike front with a half twist (9.8125 average)...Had never previously competed a pike front with a half twist until then...Learned a handspring front pike (10.0 start value) just days before Regionals and scored a then-season-best 9.8...Also earned second-team All-America honors in the all-around by placing 11th overall with a 39.25...Had her best overall meet at the Magical Classic, scoring a career-best 39.4 in the all-around to place third...Also hit then-career-highs on vault (9.8), bars (9.925) and floor (9.9)...Won the beam title at Regionals with a career-best 9.95...Made a smashing collegiate debut at Fullerton, winning the all-around (38.5), placing second on bars and beam and placing third on vault...Had six Top 5 finishes on bars, including four second-place showings...Averaged over a 9.7 on vault and floor.

Club - Senior all-around champion at the 1996 and 1995 Canadian National Championships...Placed second in 1994...Won the balance beam championships in 1994 and also placed fifth on vault and floor...Placed sixth on bars at the 1995 nationals... Narrowly missed making the three-member 1996 Canadian Olympic squad by just two-tenths of a point at the Olympic Trials...Represented Canada in two World Championships (1995 and 1994)...Placed third in the all-around, first on beam and second on vault at the 1995 Elite Canada meet...Led Canada to a fifth-place team finish at the 1995 Pan American Games...Won the junior nationals in the Soviet Union at age 12 before immigrating to Canada in 1990...Became a citizen of Canada in 1994...Trained with mother Svetlana Degteva and Alex Bard at Gymnastics Mississauga.

Personal - Speaks fluent Russian and English...Hobbies include music and dancing...Lists uneven bars as her favorite apparatus...Greatest athletic moment was representing Canada for the first time...Father Pavel is a gymnastics coach at Winstonettes in Ontario...Sister Marina is a sophomore gymnast at LSU...Full name is Elena Degteva...Born December 3, 1976 in Lvov, Ukraine...Pre-Psychology major.