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Seven Nittany Lions earned first team honors in the 2016-17 academic year
The Nittany Lions fell one spot short of qualifying as a team but put six in the individual event finals
Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22 | West Point, N.Y. | 1 p.m./7 p.m.
The Nittany Lions became one-of-seven teams to score a 420.000-or-better on the season
Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
First Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2016, 2017)
|Vault||13.650||2/13/16||at Ohio State|
|High Bar||12.900||3/4/16||at Arizona State|
2017 (Sophomore Year)
Appeared on both the floor exercise and the still rings, while doing one routine on the vault … Notched the victory on the still rings at Navy (2/25) … Picked up a second-place finish on the floor exercise with a season-best 14.250 against Iowa (3/25) … Nabbed two third-place finishes on both the floor exercise and the still rings … Competed in the NCAA Individual Event Finals (4/22) on the still rings.
2016 (Freshman Year)
Made eight touches on the still rings and one touch on both the vault and the high bar in his first season donning the Blue and White … Finished fourth on the still rings against West Point (1/9) … Tied for second at Minnesota (1/23) with a personal-best 14.700 … Placed fifth on the still rings against Nebraska (3/11).
Prepped at Lancaster Catholic High School where he earned the highest academic grade in Honors Dramaturgy in his senior year and was a Scholastic Writing Award Silver Key recipient in 2012 and 2014 … Also lettered in track and field for the Crusaders … Earned Scholastic Art Award Silver Key in 2013 and 2015 … Trained at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. where he posted a third-place finish on the still rings and a ninth-place floor exercise at the 2015 Junior Olympic Nationals Championships ... Garnered a third-place finish in the all-around at the University of Calgary International Cup and state titles on the floor exercise and still rings in 2015…Nabbed top-10 finishes on the vault (4th), all-around (7th), still rings (8th) and floor exercise (10th) at the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2014…Finished fourth in the Region 7 all-around competition in his junior year…Was the state champion in the floor exercise as a sophomore and the regional vault champion in his freshman season…Voted team captain for two years…Earned USA Gymnastics Academic All-American Honorable Mention accolades as a junior and second team honors in his senior campaign…Is a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout.
Full name is Christopher Michael Sands … Son of Mervin Sands and Diane Boomsma … Has one brother, Patrick … Majoring in kinesiology.