UCLABruins.com: W’s Swimming & Diving

UCLA junior Karoline Sanderud is training for not only the culmination of the 2012 collegiate swimming season, but is taking aim at the 2012 London Olympics as well.

Not many kids growing up in Hamar, Norway know how to eight-clap.

Junior swimmer Karoline Sanderud, however, was raised a Bruin, thanks to her father, Tron, who spent time in high school as an exchange student in Pasadena with a family of UCLA alumni. Years later, UCLA became an obvious choice for Sanderud when she began looking at colleges. Read more …

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UCLABruins.com: Gymnastics

Bruins senior gymnast Kaelie Baer missed two full seasons due to injuries. She is now training on fewer events in order to have the most successful senior season possible.

Collegiate gymnastics has been anything but smooth sailing for UCLA seniorKaelie Baer, but she is in position to finish strong in 2012.

Baer competed regularly on vault and floor exercise as a freshman for the Bruins in 2009, but her sophomore year saw the beginning of her two-year battle with injuries. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Track and Field

UCLA track and field senior Taylor Hobson is training for a successful, injury-free senior season and waiting for word on his medical school applications.

Taylor Hobson has spent his UCLA career trying to leap higher and farther.

After qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the high jump as a freshman and sophomore, Hobson’s progression was interrupted by injury during the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Football

Nelson Rosario was UCLA’s “big play” wide receiver for the 2011 season. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl was his final game for the Bruins. He is hoping for an invitation to the NFL Combine.

Most of the country knows UCLA senior wide receiver Nelson Rosario from his appearances on SportsCenter.

Rosario made ESPN’s “Top Plays” twice during the 2011 season, first in the Bruins’ season-opener with a spectacular catch behind the back of a Houston defender, then a one-handed touchdown grab in the Pac-12 Championship game at Oregon. Read More…

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UCLABruins.com: Women’s Volleyball

The starting setter for UCLA women’s volleyball, Lauren Van Orden, transferred to UCLA from San Diego State prior to the 2010 volleyball season. Van Orden has set the Bruins to the National Semifinals, where UCLA will face Florida State tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

The future of UCLA women’s volleyball came to Westwood in 2010.

First, Michael Sealy was named head coach on February 10 of that year. A few weeks later, current senior Lauren Van Orden finalized plans to come to UCLA after playing her first two seasons at San Diego State. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Women’s Gymnastics

The two “new” additions to the UCLA women’s gymnastics staff are familiar faces, as Randy Lane and Amy Smith return to the staff of head coach Valorie Kondos Field.

“We’re going old school,” said UCLA head gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field.

“It’s the Retro Super Crew!” added volunteer assistant coach Amy Smith.

“I feel like the third time is the charm,” said assistant coach Randy Lane.

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Soccer

Chandler Hoffman is the first player from the state of Alabama in UCLA men’s soccer history. Hoffman will play in this weekend’s College Cup just a 10-minute drive from his childhood home.

UCLA junior forward Chandler Hoffman knew this would happen.

From the minute the site of the 2011 Men’s College Cup was announced, he knew. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Soccer

Fifth-year senior Brian Rowe is completing his second season as UCLA Men’s Soccer’s starting goalkeeper after having sat the bench for most of three years before getting his opportunity to play.

It takes a special kind of mentality to be a goalkeeper.

“It’s tough being a goalie,” said UCLA men’s soccer goalkeeper coach Patrick Seymour. “It’s really hard when you only have one position that you play. It’s not like being a freshman field player when, if you’re good, we’ll find you a spot on the field. As a goalie, that isn’t an option. It takes a special person to keep battling every day” Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Baseball

UCLA’s Trevor Bauer was the 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner and the third pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball entry draft. Bauer talked about his busy 2011 and his plans for his upcoming professional baseball career.

As 2011 winds down, Trevor Bauer has finally had some time to rest and recover from the whirlwind of his final collegiate season, the Major League Baseball entry draft, winning the Golden Spikes Award and experiencing his first foray into professional baseball.

After leading UCLA to the championship series of the 2010 College World Series, Bauer pitched a team-leading 136.2 innings for the Bruins in 2011, finishing with a 1.25 ERA and 10 complete games in his 16 starts with three shutouts. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Water Polo

Most incoming freshmen in Division I men’s water polo redshirt their first year. The No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins have one true freshman playing instead of redshirting for the 2011 season.

Adam Wright’s UCLA men’s water polo roster lists eight true freshmen. Only one, Paul Reynolds, has a cap number and is playing instead of redshirting the 2011 season.

It has become traditional for incoming freshmen in this sport to redshirt a year, both to gain strength thanks to a year in a college varsity weight room, and to adjust to the larger playing area, as high school water polo is played at a length of 25 yards while the collegiate game is played over 30 meters (32.7 yards). Read more…

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