Very talented gymnast who has been the Tigers’ top performers on vault and floor the last three seasons ... will be one of the Tiger co-captains for the second year in a row ... honored as ECAC Specialist of the Year in 2011 ... qualified for NCAA regional meet as an individual competitor on vault and floor ... may also contribute on bars this season ... great vaulter who will be an important part of the Tigers’ lineup ... should also be a key part of the Tigers’ lineup on floor exercise ... very good tumbler who has a dynamic routineon floor ... has made tremendous progress on bars and balance beam ... could compete as an all-arounder ... very coachable gymnast with tremendous potential ... three-time selection as first team All-ECAC on vault ... earned first team All-ECAC honors on floor as a sophomore and junior.
2011 SEASON: Competed in all 11 meets on vault and floor exercise ... honored as ECAC Specialist of the Week three times ... averaged 9.73 on vault and 9.76 on floor exercise ... top-ranked vaulter in the ECAC ... ranked third on floor in ECAC ... winner of ECAC Specialist of the Year award ... finished first on vault in five meets ... took second place on vault twice ... won floor exercise three times ... led Tigers to season-opening win at Brown with first place finishes on vault (9.85) and floor (9.85) ... set career high with 9.85 score on floor ... helped Tigers to win over George Washington with first place finish on vault (9.75) and second place showing on floor (9.75) ... won vault title (9.80) at Temple’s Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational, helping Tigers win title ... tied for first place on floor (9.825) at Towson’s Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational and tied for second on vault (9.80) ... finished second on vault (9.675) and floor (9.725) in win over Southern Connecticut ... tied for first on vault (9.70) to Tigers to win at Pennsylavnia ... had a 9.60 on vault and a 9.75 on floor in Tigers’ win at William and Mary ... led Tigers to double win in regular season finale against Rutgers and Yale by winning vault (9.85) and floor (9.825) ... earned first team All-ECAC honors on vault for the third year in a row by finishing fourth on vault (9.75) at ECAC Championship Meet ... tied for fifth place on floor (9.80) at ECAC Championship Meet to earn first team All-ECAC honors for second straight year ... qualified for NCAA Southeast regional meet in Athens, Ga. as an individual.
2010 SEASON: Competed in all 12 meets on vault and floor exercise ... led Tigers to sixth straight ECAC championship by placing second on vault (9.80) and fourth on floor (9.75) at ECAC Meet ... earned first team All-ECAC honors on vault and floor ... qualified for NCAA Regional Meet oied n vault and floor ... averaged 9.73 on vault and finished among top three in nine meets ... had a 9.64 average on floor ... finished first on floor in three meets ... won floor exercise in victory at Alaska (9.75) ... led Tigers to win at Ursinus by finishing first on vault (9.90) and floor (9.70) ... named as ECAC Specialist of the Week after Ursinus win ... helped Tigers to win over William & Mary by taking second place on vault (9.825) and third on floor (9.75) ... finished first on floor (9.775) at Cornell Big Red Invitational ... named as ECAC Specialist of the Week for second time after Cornell Invitational ... tied for second on vault (9.65) at Shelli Calloway Invitational ... led Tigers to win over George Washington by finishing second on floor (9.80) and third on vault (9.70) ... tied for second on vault (9.85) at Bridgeport ... competed on vault (9.725), bars (9.65) and floor (9.775) at GW ... performance on bars at GW marked first bar routine of college career ... finished second on vault (9.75) in Tigers’ home finale ... had solid performance at NCAA Regional Meet at West Virginia, finishing 12th on vault (9.825) and 30th on floor (9.725).
2009 SEASON: Surprising newcomer to the Tiger roster ... became one of the Tigers’ vaulters ... ranked among team’s top performers on floor ... vaulted in all 12 meets and had a 9.68 average ... competed on floor in 11 meets and averaged 9.71 ... member of beam lineup once ... finished first on vault five times ... won floor exercise twice ... led Tigers to win at Brown in college debut, finishing second on vault (9.675) and floor (9.675) ... named as ECAC Rookie of the Week after opener ... tied for first on vault (9.775) at Ursinus and finished second on floor (9.75) ... placed second on floor (9.75) at Temple ... helped Tigers to win at Penn by taking third on vault (9.70) and second on floor (9.80) ... tied for sixth on vault (9.825) and earned a 9.75 on floor at Governor’s Cup Meet ... tied for first on vault at Shelli Calloway Invitational with a 9.85 score, helping Tigers win title ... finished first on vault (9.80) and second on floor (9.80) at William & Mary ... led Tigers to win over Yale by finishing first on vault (9.85) and tying for first on floor (9.825) ... earned second ECAC Rookie of the Week award after Yale win ... helped Tigers earn a triple-victory in home finale by winning vault (9.825) and floor (9.80) ... helped Tigers win fifth straight ECAC title ... earned first team All-ECAC honors on vault (9.775) by tying for second ... also had a 9.625 on floor as Tigers came from behind to win title.
BACKGROUND: Level 10 gymnast at Apex Gymnastics Club in Virginia ... competed for Coach Melani Cuozzo ... started competing as a gymnast at the age of four ... Level 10 National qualifier in 2008 ... Regional qualifier in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 ... competed at several clubs because her family moved several times ... earned career high 36.85 all-around score ... posted career highs of 9.55 on vault, 9.30 on bars, 9.55 on beam and 9.575 on floor exercise.
PERSONAL: Named as All-American cheerleader at Heritage High School ... has one older brother and one older sister ... career goal is to become a magazine writer ... lists parents as the people she admires the most ... favorite athlete is Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson ... lists Mitch Albom as her favorite author ... enjoys dining at Macaroni Grill ... favorite musicians are Drake and Nicki Minaj ... older brother, Drew, played college football at Louisiana State and Tennessee Tech ... father played football at Iowa State ... parents are both graduates of Iowa State ... father has enjoyed a 31-year career as a college and professional football coach ... father completed second season as the wide receivers coach for Coach Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills ... mother is a homemaker ... family has relocated to Williamsville, N.Y. ... daughter of Stan and Rebecca Hixon ... born on May 27, 1990 in Columbia, S.C. ... major is Mass Communication.