Penn State return 11 gymnasts; adds six for 2014 season
Musser was named the team MVP
Penn State Gymnastics Earns Two Awards at NCAA Regionals
The Nittany Lions are set to compete in Raleigh on April 7 at 4 p.m.
Penn State finishes sixth at Big Ten Championships
2010 (Sophomore):Competed in the all-around in seven meets before an injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season ... averaged 9.814 on vault, 9.534 on bars (eight meets), 9.654 on beam, 9.611 on floor and 38.664 in the all-around ... scored a 9.800 or higher in all but one meet on vault ... finished in the top three event finishers four times ... on bars, recorded a season-high 9.825 on two occasions ... registered a 9.875 on beam vs. Illinois (2/7) ... finished in the top five event finishers on beam three times ... scored a 9.775 or higher on floor in five meets ... finished in the top five on floor four times ... in the all-around, placed in the top five in all but one meet ... scored a season-high 39.300 vs. West Virginia (2/20) and received the Ann Carr award for her performance.
2009 (Freshman):NACGC/W First Team All-American on vault and Second Team All-American in the all-around ... Second Team All-Big Ten ... tied for second with teammate Brandi Personett on vault at the Big Ten Championships ... competed in all 13 meets, including 12 in the all-around ... qualified for the Individual Event Finals of the 2009 NCAA National Championships in vault finishing tied for eighth ... averaged a 38.877 in the all-around, 9.804 on vault, 9.560 on bars, 9.698 on beam and 9.815 on floor ... earned the Ann Carr award as the most inspirational gymnast of the meet versus Pittsburgh (1/10) where she finished second in the all-around ... on vault, finished in the top five event finishers 10 times ... scored better than a 9.800 11 times ... scored a career-best 9.925 against Michigan State (1/24) and matched the score at West Virginia (3/9) to claim individual event titles ... competed on bars in 12 meets with three top five finishes ... scored a career-high 9.875 to earn first at Maryland quad meet (3/14) ... had six top five finishes on beam ... recorded a score of 9.825 against New Hampshire, Rutgers and Bridgeport (2/21) ... finished in the top five seven times on floor ... scored better than 9.800 on nine occasions ... registered a career-high 9.925 versus West Virginia (3/9) ... finished in the top five in the all-around nine times, including six second place finishes ... notched a career-high score of 39.425 at West Virginia (3/9) ... scored a 38.900 or better in the all-around seven times.
Born Whitney Christine Bencsko on Sept. 12, 1990 in Pompton Plains, N.J. ... parents are Doug and Paula Bencsko ... has three siblings, Ashley (26), Justin (24) and Morgan (11) ... father Doug played football at Ithaca College ... majoring in nutrition ... names Dave Matthews Band and Rascal Flatts as favorite entertainers, the New York Yankees as favorite pro sports team, "The Great Gatsby" as favorite book, "Grey's Anatomy" as favorite television show, "Step Up" and "The Blindside" as favorite movies, Channing Tatum and Patrick Dempsey as favorite actors, the British Virgin Islands as favorite place to visit and Jennifer Aniston as favorite actress ... names goals for this season as "I want to complete my senior year with no regrets knowing I gave it everything. I want to help lead my team as we strive to achieve our dreams of winning a Big Ten title and being on the floor at the final night of the NCAA Championships!" ... nickname is Whit."
Why Penn State?
Quoting Coach Thompson
Whitney's Favorite Quote