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Before Penn State
Club Gym: Trained at WOGA Gymnastics under coaches Laurent and Cecile Landi...International Gymnastics Experience: Competed at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland...A member of the Philippines team that finished third at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore...At the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, Verdeflor placed second on the uneven bars...Finished sixth on the uneven bars and 11th in the all-around at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China...Level 10 Regional: 2015 – Finished sixth in the all-around...2013 – Won the uneven bars crown, placed fourth on the balance beam, and took 12th in the all-around...2012 – Took fifth on the balance beam and 10th in the all-around...Level 10 State: 2015 – Won the uneven bars, placed second in the all-around and balance beam, took fourth on vault and floor...2014 – Placed fifth in the all-around..2013 – Took 11th in the all-around...2012 – Captured the uneven bars title and placed eighth in the all-around.
Born Ava Lorein Santos Verdeflor in Tarlac, Philippines, on January 2, 1999...Daughter of Arvin and Lea Santos Verdeflor...Has one sister, Arielle, and one brother, Riemann…Lists reading, writing, and drawing as her hobbies, Sam Smith as her favorite musical entertainer, Laurie Hernandez as her favorite sports athlete, ice cream as her favorite food...Her favorite book is the “Throne of Glass” series, her favorite show is “Rick and Morty,” and her favorite movie is any superhero movie...Lists the beach as her favorite place to visit...Majoring in health and human development.
Why Penn State?
"I am so proud and excited to become a part of the Penn State women's gymnastics team. It has always been my dream to become part of a great NCAA gymnastics program at a top ranking university. Penn State is all that and more."