Penn State return 11 gymnasts; adds six for 2014 season
vs. Michigan and UNC
at Denver,vs. Lindenwood
2013 (Sophomore Year)
Competed in four of the team's 12 meets...Made touches on the vault and uneven bars...Earned Academic All-Big Ten...Posted a season-best score of 9.725 on the vault twice; vs. Ohio State (2/2) and in a tri-meet at Denver with Lindenwood (1/5)...Scored 7.000 on the vault twice; vs. Iowa, Pitt and Penn (3/9) and at UIC (1/12)...Posted a career-best score of 9.650 on the uneven bars in a tri-meet at Denver with Lindenwood (1/5).
2012 (Freshman Year)
Competed in five of the team's 12 meets...Made touches on the vault...Earned a career-high score of 9.800 vs. Michigan and North Carolina (3/2)....Boasted a score of 9.725 on the vault at Ohio State (2/25) and vs. New Hampshire (1/15).
Competed for LaFleur's Gymnastics in Tampa, Fla. under the direction of Jeff Lafleur, Amanda Stroud and Billy West...Missed her senior season due to injury...Placed first on the uneven bars at the 2008 State meet ... won floor exercise at the 2009 State meet...Finished eighth in the all-around, seventh on the floor exercise and fourth on vault at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals...Member of the National Honor Society and Florida Bright Futures at Steinbrenner High School.
Born Alexandra Nicole Witt in Tampa, Fla. on May 19, 1993...Daughter of Jeffrey and Barbara Witt...Has one brother, Ryan...Majoring in kinesiology...Names playing the violin and outdoor activities as her favorite hobbies, Frou Frou as her favorite entertainer, anatomy and physiology as her favorite subjects, the Tampa Bay Lightning as her favorite pro sports team and Chelsey Memmel as her favorite athlete...Says broccoli is her favorite food, "Water for Elephants" is her favorite book, "Jersey Shore" is her favorite television show, "Elf" is her favorite movie, Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston are her favorite actors and the Bahamas and Florida Keys are her favorite places to visit.
Why Penn State?
"Not only is the campus amazing, but the people here are very genuine and nice. Also, Penn State is known worldwide for its strong academics and athletics, and I wanted to be a part of that."
Coach Thompson on Witt
"Alex is one of the most talented gymnasts on the 2013 roster. After seeing limited action in her first two seasons, everyone hopes that Alex is finally able to earn and maintain her spots in the vault and uneven bars lineups this season. Alex could be one of the highest scoring gymnasts on our team and we need her to contribute consistently, week in and week out, so the team can reach the next level."