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Valdez placed second on the floor and third in four different events
Tyndall and Zakutney compete in the 2017 Canadian National Championships
Six gymnasts qualified for the individual event finals
The Nittany Lions became one-of-seven teams to score a 420.000-or-better on the season
The Nittany Lions took home two event titles
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 20, 2017)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 6, 2017)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 23, 2017)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 16, 2017)
|Floor Exercise||14.500||1/14/17||at West Point Open|
|Still Rings||13.200||1/13/17||at West Point Open|
|Vault||14.450||3/4/17||at Nebraska w/Iowa|
|Parallel Bars||14.200||1/29/17||at Springfield|
|High Bar||13.350||1/21/17||at Army|
|All-Around||82.400||1/13/17||at West Point Open|
2017 (Freshman Year)
Competed in the all-around five times in the 2017 campaign, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week a total of four times for the Nittany Lions … Picked up a top-three finish all five times he competed in the all-around with one victory against Illinois (2/3) … Notched a victory on the floor exercise against Army West Point (1/14) and on the pommel horse against Army (1/21) … Earned 14 podium finishes in the 2017 season … Competed on the pommel horse and vault in both the Big Ten Championships (4/7) and the NCAA Championships (4/21).
Prepped at Kearny High School and trained at the United States Gymnastics Development Center II where he was named captain for the 2015-2016 seasons … Is a seven-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier, a five-time All-Around Regional champion and all-around state champion, a four-time Future Stars National Developmental Team Member, a three-time Junior Olympic National Team Member and a two-time All-Around Future Stars National Champion … Was the 2015 Junior Elite Pommel Horse National Champion and the 2014 Junior Olympic All-Around and Vault National Champion …Won the Region 7 Junior Elite Championship in the all-around and on the floor exercise … Clinched the pommel horse title and finished second in the all-around and on the parallel bars at the 2015 Junior Elite National Championship … Earned the all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars title at the 2015 New Jersey Junior Elite Championship, while finishing second on the floor exercise and vault and third on the high bar … Competed in the all-around at the 2015 P&G National Championship … Was the 2014 Junior Olympic National Champion in the all-around and on the vault, while finishing second on the pommel horse and high bar … Garnered the Region 7 Junior Olympic Championship in the all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars and finished second on the still rings and vault … Won the all-around and floor exercise at the Region 7 Junior Elite Championship and the New Jersey Junior Elite Championship in 2013 … Also picked up a first-place finish on the high bar at the Region 7 Junior Elite Championship and a gold medal on the vault and parallel bars at the New Jersey Junior Elite Championship … Clinched the all-around title at the National Future Stars Championship two times, while earning a first place finish on the pommel horse in 2008 and 2010, the vault in 2007 and 2010, the parallel bars in 2008 and 2009 and the still rings in 2009 … Became the youngest national competitor at age 10 when he competed as a level nine gymnast at the Junior National Championships in the all-around … Earned 54 first-place finishes from 2007-15 in events across the country as a level six-10 gymnast … Helped his team to a second-place finish at the 2012 nationals.
Full name is Favian Omar Valdez … Son of Fernando and Magdalena Valdez … Has two sisters, Kiani and Veronica … Majoring in recreational park and tourism management.