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Thirteen Nittany Lions Honored as All-America Scholar-Athletes by the College Gymnastics Association
Six men's gymnasts earn first team status; 13 of 20 squad members claim honors
Penn State Student-Athletes Earn NCAA and Big Ten Titles and High Graduation Rates During Outstanding 2011-12
Nittany Lions Place 12th in Directors' Cup Standings; Post 88 Percent Graduation Rate
Scott Rosenthal places fifth in the still rings; Craig Hernandez finishes sixth in the pommel horse
Award is presented annually to student-athletes who have demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics
Senior team captain and 2012 Nissen-Emery finalist honored for the second straight year
Floor Exercise: 14.300 vs. Minnesota (March 17, 2012)
Pommel Horse: 15.000 at Temple/vs. Army (Jan. 30, 2011)
Still Rings: 15.900 at National Collegiate Championships (April 14, 2011)
Vault: 15.300 at William & Mary and Navy (March 8, 2009)
Parallel Bars: 14.700 at National Collegiate Championships (April 14, 2011)
High Bar: 14.500 at William & Mary and Navy (March 8, 2009)
All-Around: 86.750 at William & Mary and Navy (March 8, 2009)
PENN STATE CAREER
2011: Earned first career All-America honor, placing second (tie, 15.400) in the still rings in the individual finals of the National Collegiate Championships...NCAA Elite 88 Award Winner...Capital One First Team Academic All-American...Capital One First Team Academic All-District....CGA First Team All-American Scholar Athlete (4.0 GPA)...Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient...Academic All-Big Ten...Helped anchor one of the nation's most dominant still rings line-ups in 2011...Competed in the rings in every meet, recording 14 top three finishes, including at least a share of four titles...Positioned at No. 4 nationally in the still rings in the final 2011 rankings...Stepped up under the National Collegiate Championships spotlight, placing first in the national qualifier with a career-high score of 15.900...Score tied teammate Scott Rosenthal for second highest in program history...Also finished third in the team finals of the National Collegiate Championships, scoring a 15.650...Also a key contributor on the pommel horse and parallel bars...Set career highs in both events (PH: 15.000; PB: 14.700)...Competed twice in the floor exercise and vault.
2010: CGA First Team All-American Scholar Athlete (4.0 GPA)...CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-District...Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient...Academic All-Big Ten...Emerged as one of the nation's top still rings competitors, earning eight top three finishes including four title wins...Two of his first place showings came versus two of the nation's elite teams in 2010, Illinois (14.900) and Oklahoma (14.950)...Established a career high in the rings, scoring a 15.125 in the individual finals of the Big Ten Championships to place third (tie)...Finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation in the rings with a 14.560 average...Competed on the pommel horse in every meet, notching two top three finishes...Posted a season high score of 14.300 at Cal...In the vault line-up five times in 2010, recorded a season high mark of 15.150 in the team finals of the West Point Open...Earned his first career parallel bars title in a home victory over William & Mary (14.050)...Scored a season best 14.400 on the parallel bars against Oklahoma.
2009: CGA First Team All-American Scholar Athlete (3.90-3.99 GPA)...Contributed heavily in his first collegiate season, competing in all five events and the all-around...However, broke his hand in practice leading up to the Big Ten Championships, forcing him to miss the postseason...Earned a season best score in the floor exercise, a 14.150, in the team finals at the West Point Open...Posted three third place finishes in the pommel horse, including a top score for the year (14.700) at the West Point Open...Made his biggest impact on the still rings in freshman campaign, capturing at least a share of six titles, including a win with a season high score of 15.100 against Michigan...Also had two second place finishes in the rings...Had his best performance in the vault come in a tri-meet with William & Mary and Navy, scoring a 15.300...Totaled three top three finishes in the parallel bars, recording a season best 14.500 against Cal...Improved as the season progressed on the high bar, recording his best score of the year (14.500) versus William & Mary and Navy...Competed in the all-around in four meets, winning his first career title at Temple (85.300)...Had his best all-around performance of the season one week later, totaling a 86.750 to finish second in competition with William & Mary and Navy.
Junior National Team member from 2004-07...Trained at Hocking Valley Gymnastics in Lancaster, Ohio under head coach Mike Serra.
Majoring in biology...Brother, Pedro, attended Ohio State, competing on the men's gymnastics team from 2005-07...Lists paint ball as a favorite hobby.
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