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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
Competed in every meet on bars, beam and floor ... competed in the all-around in eight meets ... averaged 9.744 on vault (eight meets), 9.748 on bars (12 meets), 9.725 on beam (12 meets), 9.671 on floor (12 meets) and 38.938 in the all-around (eight meets) ... on vault, scored a season-high 9.825 at North Carolina (2/11) ... finished in the top five on vault on two occasions ... on bars, scored a season-high 9.850 vs. Ohio State (2/26) and in a tri-meet vs. N.C. State and Maryland (3/4) ... finished in the top five event finishers five times on bars ... on beam, finished in the top five on five occasions ... scored a career-high 9.900 for second place in a quad meet at Maryland with Rutgers and William & Mary (2/18) ... on floor, scored a season-high 9.900 vs. Ohio State (2/26) ... placed in the top five four times on floor ... in the all-around, scored a season-best 39.275 on two occasions ... earned top five finishes five times in the all-around... earned the Ann Carr award after competing in the all-around for the first time in 2011 against Ohio State (2/26).
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.
Was a member of the North Stars Gymnastics Club program in Boonton, N.J., under the direction of Tony Gehman ... was the Level 10 New Jersey state champion on bars in 2008, finishing second on vault, second on beam, second on the floor and second in the all-around ... at Level 10 Region 7 Regionals, claimed the vault, bars, floor and all-around championships in 2008 ... at the 2008 Level 10 J.O. Nationals, finished sixth on beam, eighth on vault and 14th in the all-around ... at the 2007 Level 10 J.O. Nationals, claimed ninth on vault ... at the 2007 Level 10 Region 7 Regionals, finished first on vault and bars while claiming third on floor and fifth in the all-around ... was the 2007 Level 10 New Jersey state champion on bars and in the all-around while finishing second on vault and floor ... claimed first on vault and floor at the 2006 New Jersey state championships while also finishing second on bars and beam and in the all-around ... posted a first place finish in vault at the 2006 Level 10 Region 7 Regionals while also claiming third on floor and in the all-around ... posted as sixth-place finish on bars at the 2006 Level 10 J.O. Nationals while also finishing 10th on vault and 12th in the all-around ... placed first on vault, second on floor and second in the all-around at the 2005 US Elite Challenge ... was a four-year high honor roll member at Pequannock Township High School.
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?
"Penn State just seemed like the place for me. From the first time I stepped on the campus and met the team, I felt like I belonged. I would have never passed up the incredible atmosphere and experience."
Quoting Coach Thompson
"Whitney has made a full recovery from her knee injury and has been extremely consistent this fall. We feel that she has made a complete return to the form which earned her All-America status her freshman year."
Whitney's Favorite Quote
"To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."