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Katie Sassa
Position: All-Around
Height: 5'0"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Havre De Grace, Md.
High School: Souderton (Pa.) Area H.S.
Club: Silvia's
Major: Biochemistry

Talented sophomore gymnast who could compete as an all-around performer this season ... outstanding vaulter who could be one of the best in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League ... very consistent gymnast on bars and beam ... tremendous tumbler who will make an immediate impact ... earned first team All-East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) honors on vault ... four-year Level 10 gymnast who competed at Silvia’s Gymnastics Club.

2013 SEASON: Appeared in 12 meets on vault ... also competed on floor in 12 meets ... member of the beam lineup six times ... averaged 9.80 on vault ... named first team All-EAGL on vault ... finished first on vault three times ... had a 9.73 average on floor ... won floor exercise twice ... led Tigers to win over Cornell with a first place finish on vault (9.875) ... also won vault with a 9.85 score against Bridgeport ... led Tigers to first place finish at Shelli Calloway Invitational with first place finishes on vault (9.825) and floor (9.875) ... tied for first place on vault (9.825) at New Hampshire Invitational ... finished third on vault (9.825) at Towson's Senior Night Meet ... led Tigers to win over William & Mary by finishing first on floor (9.675), second on vault (9.725) and second on beam (9.80) ... tied for 19th on vault (9.75) at EAGL Meet ... also had a 9.70 on floor at EAGL Meet ... qualified for NCAA Southeast regional meet ... finished 16th at regional meet with a 9.85 score. 


BACKGROUND: Four-time Level 10 gymnast at Silvia’s Gymnastics Club in Pennsylvania ... competed for Coaches Maia Mitoya and Zarko Mitov ... led club team to second place finish at Pennsylvania state championship meet ... won vault championship as well as the beam and floor title at state meet last year ... finished third in the all-around competition at the state meet ... also captured regional championship on vault ... took third place on floor and was fifth in the all-around at regional meet ... Junior Olympics national qualifier who was 10th in vault and 20th in the all-around ... had career high 37.375 all-around score ... also has a career high 9.8 vault score ... owns career high 9.325 on bars and a 9.475 on beam with a 9.55 on floor ... started competing in gymnastics at the age of six.


PERSONAL: Honor roll student who graduated from Souderton Area (Pa.) High School ... has one younger sister and one older sister ... lists parents as the people she admires the most ... devoted fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles ... lists former Olympic gymnast Nastia Liuking as her favorite athlete ... also admires gymnast Aly Raisman ... favorite movie is “The Lucky One” ... lists Zac Effron as her favorite actor ... favorite food is crabs ... most memorable was a trip to South Africa in 2009 to compete in a gymnastics meet ... father is a graduate of Temple who works in industrial sales ... mother graduated from Gwynedd Mercy who is a pharmaceutical professional ... daughter of Steve and Karin Sassa ... born on Oct. 18, 1993 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... major is biochemistry.

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