2017-18 NCAA Championship teams were recognized by members of the California State Assembly and Senate
Article by Liza David of UCLA Athletics.
Senior Alex Roelse and associate head coach Jason Falitz represented the men’s water polo team, which won its 11th and UCLA’s 114th NCAA title in December. Seniors Christine Peng-Peng Lee and Rechelle Dennis and associate head coach Chris Waller represented the gymnastics team, which won its seventh and the Bruins’ 115th NCAA title in April. First-time champions and UCLA’s 116th champions, the beach volleyball team, was represented by juniors Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara and assistant coach Jenny Johnson Jordan.
The champions were treated to a VIP tour of the Capitol building, which included a visit to the governor’s office and a climb to the top of the Rotunda for a view of the city, led by UCLA alumnus and Assembly Member Vince Fong.
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Assembly member Sydney Kamlager-Dove met with the Bruins before the assembly floor session, where they were later introduced and recognized for their accomplishments.
Senator Ben Allen presented each team a resolution from the California Legislature on the Senate floor.
Following the presentations, the Bruins met with alumni legislators and staff members, members of the Sacramento Bruins Alumni Network and the individuals from the Capitol community at a reception.