Katelyn Ohashi, who made her return to competition as a level 10 at the Texas Prime Meet this weekend, announced her plans to compete for UCLA via Instagram this evening.
After attending the meet at UCLA this afternoon, Ohashi Instagrammed the above photo along with the caption “just trying to fit in with my new team #UCLABRUIN.”
Ohashi will likely join the team for the 2015-2016 season, an all-star signing class that also includes WOGA teammate and 2014 World Championships gold medalist Madison Kocian, Macy Toronjo of Texas Dreams, and two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles (though Biles has said she will defer as she attempts to make the 2016 Olympic team).
This weekend, in her first competition since her all-around win at the 2013 American Cup, Ohashi won the vault and beam titles with massive scores of 9.875 and 9.6, respectively. She went on to earn an 8.85 on floor, and though she didn’t compete bars due to the lingering shoulder injury that was originally responsible for her departure from the sport, she said she is just getting back to training the event in order to compete in the all-around again.
UCLA has struggled in the past couple of seasons due to injuries and the loss of key players to graduation, though their focus on recruitment in the coming years should put them back on track, and the addition of Ohashi is no exception. We wish her well for the rest of her 2015 season and can’t wait to see her shine in college!