UCLA Gymnastics BIO
Sophina DeJesus
Player Profile:
Sophina DeJesus 1264150
Height: 5'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
High School: Temecula Valley HS

Career Highlights
Three-time All-American on bars
Two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week
2009 U.S. National Team member
Three-time USA Championships competitor

Best Marks
UB - 9.975, last 2/8/14
BB - 9.975, 2/13/16
FX - 9.950, 2/22/14

Her season debut on floor exercise against Utah scored 9.925 and made her a viral sensation, leading to an appearance on Ellen and numerous national and international news and website stories … Earned second-team All-America honors on uneven bars at the NCAA Championships, finishing eighth in the second semifinal with a 9.875 … Averaged 9.8625 over five routines at the NCAA Championships, scoring no lower than 9.85 … Second-team All-Pac-12 on uneven bars … Scored 9.8 or better on beam in 21 of her last 23 meets … Clinched UCLA’s second-place finish at the NCAA Regionals with a 9.85 on uneven bars in the last rotation … Scored 9.9 on beam and 9.85 on bars at Pac-12s … Won bars with a 9.925 vs. ASU, tied her season-high on floor with a second-place mark of 9.925 and tied for third on beam with a 9.825 … Recorded her first uneven bars win of the year with a season-high-tying 9.925 at Washington and also tied her season-high on floor with a 9.925 to place third … Named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for Feb. 16 after scoring a career-high 9.975 to win beam and 9.9 on floor to finish third … Tied her season-high on beam with a 9.85 to tie for second at Cal and also scored 9.825 on bars … Recorded a season-best 9.925 on bars to place second at Florida.

Scored 9.8 or better on beam in her last 10 meets and 9.85 or better in five of her last seven meets … Averaged 9.84 on bars in her last five meets, with two scores of 9.875 … Scored 9.85 on bars and a career-high-tying 9.9 on beam at NCAA Regionals … Earned a third-place finish with a season-high-tying 9.85 on beam at Arkansas … Tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and scored 9.85 on beam vs. Stanford on Mar. 7 … Tied for third on beam with a 9.85 and exhibitioned on floor for a season-high 9.85 at ASU … Scored a season-best 9.85 on beam and made her floor competitive debut, scoring 9.6 … Earned her third-straight 9.8+ score on beam at Stanford with a 9.825 … Picked up her first win of the season, scoring a season-high 9.9 to place first on bars vs. Washington and also earned a season-best 9.85 on beam … Had a strong meet vs. Arizona, placing second on bars (9.85) and fifth on beam (9.825) and scoring 9.775 in an exhibition floor routine.

Second-team Regular Season All-American on bars … Finished the year ranked 13th in the nation on bars and held a season average of 9.842 … Recorded a pair of 9.875s on bars and beam at the NCAA Regional … Second on bars in the last two regular season tri-meets with scores of 9.925 … Tied for first on bars with a 9.9 and scored 9.875 on floor at Arizona … Had her best all-around meet vs. Stanford, scoring career-highs of 9.95 on floor and 9.9 on beam, along with a 9.75 on bars … Earned 9.875 on bars and floor at Washington … Scored a career-high 9.975 on bars and a season-best 9.85 on beam vs. ASU … Earned a then-season-high 9.775 on beam and scored 9.85 on bars at Cal … Earned a new career-high 9.95 on bars vs. OSU.

Second-team All-American on uneven bars … Hit 34 of 36 routines without a fall … Had one of her best overall meets at the NCAA Regional, scoring 9.85 on bars and floor and a career-high 9.9 on beam to tie for third … Followed it up with a stellar performance at the NCAA semifinals, tying her career-high on bars with a 9.9 and scoring 9.825 on beam and 9.875 on floor … Three of her four uneven bars routines in the postseason scored a career-high 9.9 … Scored career-highs of 9.875 on beam to tie for second and 9.9 on floor to tie for third vs. Arkansas … Earned a second-place finish on bars at Alabama with a 9.85 and placed fourth with a 9.85 on beam … Sat out the Feb. 10 and Feb. 16 meets due to a concussion but returned on Feb. 22 at Oklahoma to score 9.875s on beam and floor and 9.85 on bars … Scored 9.825 or better on each of her three events at Stanford - 9.825 on bars and 9.85 on beam and floor … Placed first or second on every event in which she competed at ASU on Jan. 25, tying for first on beam with a career-high 9.875 and tying for second on bars (9.8) and floor (career-high-tying 9.875) … Twice earned Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors (1/29 and 1/8) … Scored 9.8 or better on all three events on which she competed in the season opener, tying for first on bars (9.9), tying for third on beam (9.8) and placing fifth on floor (9.825).

2009 U.S. National Team member … Three-time USA Championships qualifier … Top finish at the USA Championships came in 2009, when she placed ninth in the all-around and on bars and fourth on beam … Placed 14th in the all-around and ninth on beam at the 2008 Championships … Represented the U.S. at the Junior Japan International in 2009 and won gold on floor and finished fourth in the all-around … Fifth in the all-around and third on bars at the 2009 American Classic … Competed at the 2010 U.S. CoverGirl Classic … Level 10 State champion in the all-around and bars in 2007 … Won the uneven bars at the 2012 SCEGA California Classic, competing as a Level 10 … Trained at SCEGA under coaches Kathy Strate Meredith Paulicivic and Luis Garcia.

Former professional dancer and actress … Acted and danced on the TV show Hip Hop Harry … Twice went on tour with Macy's Passport and appeared in a Missy Elliott video and a Disney video … Has been on several talk shows, including Ellen, Maury and Tom Joyner … Did several commercials and a Broadway play with Debbie Allen … Her dance crew Mix 5 took first place at Hip Hop International … Choreographed for an award-winning varsity high school dance team … Other hobbies include ice skating and rock climbing … Full name is Sophina Saáde DeJesus … Parents: Jerry and Maria DeJesus … Has four siblings, brothers Izaia and Jerry and sisters Angelica and Savannah … Acted with Savannah on Hip Hop Harry … Born in San Jose, Calif. … Sociology major.

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