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Vault champ Zamarripa out for season

12/29/2010

Vanessa Zamarripa, the reigning NCAA vault champion, will miss the 2011 season with an Achilles injury, the UCLA gymnastics program announced Tuesday.

Zamarripa -- the defending Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and a U.S. national team member -- tore her left Achilles tendon in practice Tuesday. She will redshirt the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility left.

Free Web pollsThe UCLA gymnastics team won the national title last season. The Bruins begin the 2011 season with a meet at Utah on Jan. 7.

"I feel so badly for Vanessa," UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field said. "She was just coming back from tweaking her elbow and her ankle and was looking really good. The injury was not a result of a fall or miscue in her gymnastics. She was punching for a tumbling pass on floor and felt it pop. It's an unfortunate injury, but we know that she will recover well. However, for this season, this is a huge loss to our team. As much as our team and fans will miss Vanessa's gymnastics this season, we will also miss her personality on the competition floor. Vanessa's gift has always included her ability to have fun while competing well and focused."