Junior Mohini Bhardwaj (Cincinnati, OH/Alexander Smith Academy) and senior
Lena Degteva (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn HS) of the gymnastics team
were selected the MET-Rx UCLA Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of
Bhardwaj and Degteva were instrumental in UCLAšs NCAA Championship title and
each won an individual event title.
Bhardwaj tied for second in the all-around with a score of 39.575 during the
team preliminaries and then helped UCLA win its second NCAA championship by
scoring 39.625 in the all-around. The next day, Bhardwaj won her first
individual title by winning the uneven bars with a mark of 9.95. She also
placed second on the balance beam (9.9) and fifth on the vault (9.8065).
Bhardwaj earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around, vault, bars
and beam to extend her career All-America honors to nine.
Degteva placed fifth in the all-around with a score of 39.5 during the team
prelims and then duplicated that mark at the Super Six. Her 9.825 on beam
clinched the title for UCLA. Degteva came back the next day to win her first
individual title on the balance beam (9.913) and also placed third on bars
(9.888). She earned first-team All-America honors on bars and beam and
second-team honors in the all-around, vault and floor to extend her career
All-America honors to a school-record 13.