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|Balance Beam||9.875||1/19/13||vs. Minn.,Towson,Kent St.|
2013 (Freshman Year)
Competed in four of the team's 12 meets...Made touches on the balance beam...Ranked third on the team on the balance beam...Posted a season-best score of 9.875 to tie for third on the balance beam vs. Minnesota, Towson and Kent State (1/19)...Scored 9.675 at UIC (1/12) and 9.650 in a tri-meet at Denver with Lindenwood (1/5) on the balance beam...Also posted a score of 8.950 on the balance beam vs. Iowa, Pitt and Rutgers (1/26).
Gymnastics Background Competed for Gold Medal Gymnastics Center and coach Tammy Marshall-Panten...Was a Junior National Qualifier in 2010 and 2011...Finished third in the all-around at Region 6 meet in 2011.
Born Alix Lindsay Faden in Roslyn, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 1994...Daughter of Jodi and Stewart Faden...Has two brothers, Trever and Tyler, and one sister, Samantha...Plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education at Penn State...Lists shopping as her hobby, math as her favorite subject, Alexandra Raismen and Jordan Wieber as her favorite athletes, Rascal Flatts as her favorite entertainer and frozen yogurt as her favorite food...Says "My Sisters Keeper" is her favorite book, "Greys Anatomy", "Criminal Minds" and "Law and Order SVU" are her favorite television shows, "Easy A" and "Bridesmaids" are her favorite movies and Florida is her favorite place to visit.
Why Penn State?
"I chose to attend Penn State because the university not only has an unbelievable gymnastics program, but also has unmatched academic programs."
Coach Thompson on Faden
""Alix returns for her second season with the Lions and will be a better competitor this year as a result of the lessons learned in 2013. Alix has done beautiful beam routines in practice. They were amazing in the gym. When Alix finally learns to perform under pressure the way she does in practice, she is destined to become a star on balance beam at Penn State."