May 16, 2013
Local gymnasts Alex Waller and Jessy MacArthur have each signed a statement of intent to register and will join the UCLA Gymnastics team for the 2014 season. Both train at Wallers' GymJam Academy under UCLA associate head coach Chris Waller.
Alex Waller recently won the balance beam title in the Senior D age group at the National Invitational Tournament, scoring 9.4 (VIDEO). She also placed seventh in the all-around and on uneven bars. At the Region 1 meet this year, she placed in the Top 12 on vault, bars and beam. Waller competed in the NIT in 2012, placing ninth in the all-around, fourth on beam and eighth on floor. She also earned a Top 10 all-around finish at the 2012 Region 1 championships and won the SoCal State Level 10 title on beam while placing sixth in the all-around. Both of Waller's parents, Chris and Cindy, graduated from UCLA. Chris was a three-time NCAA champion on the men's gymnastics team and a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. In 11 years on the UCLA women's gymnastics coaching staff, he has helped lead the Bruins to three NCAA team titles.
MacArthur also competed at the 2013 NIT, placing eighth on uneven bars. At this year's Region 1 Championships, she tied for third on bars and was seventh on beam and eighth on vault and in the all-around. She had a strong showing at the 2012 NIT, placing sixth in the all-around and on bars and fifth on vault. At the 2012 Region 1 Championships, she tied for fourth on vault and placed fifth on floor. In 2010, she placed second on uneven bars at the Level 10 State meet, and in 2009, she won the Level 9 Westerns vault title.
"We are extremely excited to add two more Bruins to our roster this Fall," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "Jessy MacArthur and Alex Waller both train at Wallers' GymJam Academy and have been coached by Chris Waller and his staff. Both Jessy and Alex will fit in seamlessly with our program and philosophies, considering they are a product of Chris and his gym's philosophies."
Waller and MacArthur will join letter-of-intent signees Angela Cipra, Mikaela Gerber and Hallie Mossett as freshmen for the 2014 season.