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Nittany Lions look to advance to their first Super Six in school history on Friday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
2009 (Junior): NACGC/W First Team All-American on floor ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Women's Gymnast of the Year ... finished fourth in the nation on floor ... five-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week ... NACGC/W Scholar-Athlete ... competed in all meets of the season in the all-around, also qualifying for the Individual Event Finals of the 2009 NCAA National Championships on floor ... averaged a 39.279 in the all-around, 9.838 on vault, 9.817 on bars, 9.715 on beam and 9.910 on floor ... was named the Ann Carr Award winner for the most inspirational gymnast of the meet versus Michigan State (1/24) and again against Alabama and Ohio State (3/1) after winning the all-around in both meets ... on vault placed in the top three event finishers on 10 occasions, including earning eight vault titles ... scored a 9.850 or higher 10 times ... scored a season-high 9.950 at Nebraska (1/30) and versus Michigan (2/13) ... recorded a 9.900 at the Big Ten Championships, good enough for second place ... on bars, finished in the top five on nine occasions ... set a career-high with a 9.925 versus Alabama and Ohio State (3/1) for top bar honors ... on beam, finished in the top five event finishers six times ... registered a season-high 9.850 for top beam honors versus Michigan State (1/24) and tied her season-high at Maryland (3/14) ... placed in the top five event finishers on floor 12 times, including 10 individual event titles ... tied her career-high of 9.950 on three occasions, including versus Alabama and Ohio State (3/1), at West Virginia (3/9) and at the Big Ten Championships where she tied for first place ... in the all-around, finished in the top five in 11 meets ... had seven individual event crowns ... recorded a career-high 39.600 in a meet with Alabama and Ohio State (3/1) ... finished second in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships (3/21) with a score of 39.475 ... scored a 39.300 or higher in the all-around on nine occasions.
2008 (Sophomore): NACGC/W First Team All-American on beam ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Vault, Floor and All-Around champion ... finished fifth in the nation on beam ... three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week ... NACGC/W Scholar-Athlete ... competed in all 13 meets of the season in the all-around, also qualifying for the NCAA National Championships as an individual all-arounder ... averaged a 39.070 in the all-around, a 9.864 on vault, a 9.736 on bars, a 9.638 on beam and a 9.848 on floor ... on vault, placed in the top five event finishers 13 times ... recorded a career-high 9.975 versus West Virginia (2/2), the second-highest vault score in Penn State history ... scored a 9.850 or higher on 11 occasions ... posted a 9.950 at the Big Ten Championships (3/29) to defend her conference vault title ... finished first on vault six times ... on bars, claimed seven top five finishes ... recorded a career-high 9.875 at Arkansas (1/25) to earn top bars honors ... scored a career-high 9.900 on beam to earn first against Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers (3/21) ... had seven top-five finishes on beam ... on floor, finished in the top five in 13 meets, including nine individual event titles ... scored a 9.900 or better in 10 meets ... posted a career-high 9.950 versus Bowling Green, Cortland and George Washington (3/1) ... scored a 9.900 to place first on floor at the Big Ten Championships (3/29) ... recorded a 9.925 on floor for first place at Arizona State (3/7) ... finished in the top five in the all-around 13 times ... had seven individual event crowns ... twice reached her career-high in the all-around, scoring a 39.525 in back-to-back meets versus Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers (3/21) and again at the Big Ten Championships (3/29), to give her the conference title ... recorded a 39.000 or higher nine times in the all-around.
2007 (Freshman): Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Big Ten Vault and All-Around Champion ... Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (1/5) ... NACGC/W Scholar-Athlete ... competed in every meet of the season on vault, beam and floor, also seeing action on bars and in the all-around in 10 meets ... captured four vault titles, one beam championship, six floor crowns and finished first in the all-around on four occasions ... averaged a 9.772 on vault, a 9.715 on bars, a 9.685 on beam, a 9.830 on floor and a 38.953 in the all-around for the season ... posted the third-highest score in school history with a career-best 9.950 to capture the vault title at the Big Ten Championships (3/31) ... also recorded the third-highest floor score with a 9.950 to take home top billing against Ohio State (2/24) ... posted a personal-best 39.425 in the all-around in back-to-back meets to capture the Big Ten title (3/31) and also at NCAA Regionals to advance to the NCAA National Championships (4/14) ... earned the Ann Carr Award for her first place all-around finish in the first home meet of the season against Arkansas (1/13) ... finished in the top five 10 times on vault, once on bars, nine times on beam and 10 times on floor, with eight top-five finishes in the all-around.
Competed for Champion Gymnastics Academy in Katy, Texas, under the direction of Kellie Mizoguchi ... 2006-2007 Junior Olympics National Team member ... placed third on the vault, third on the bars, seventh on the floor and third in the all-around at the 2006 Nationals ... placed second at the 2006 Regionals in the all-around and at States, earned the titles on bar, floor, vault and in the all-around, also placing second as a team ... didn't compete during the 2005 season because of a torn Achilles Tendon ... was an International Elite qualifier in 2004, placing 10th in the all-around at the American Classic ... was a qualifier at the USA Championships ... finished seventh on the vault at the 2004 USA Championships ... at the 2004 Madison Square Garden Podium Meet, finished first on the vault, 10th on the floor and 10th in the all-around ... was an International Elite and USA Championships qualifier in 2003 ... at Cinco Ranch High School, was a member of the honor roll and graduated with a 3.96 GPA ... member of the German Honor Society.
Born Brandi Lynn Personett on May 26, 1987 in Liberty, Mo. ... parents are Ken and Viki Personett ... has one sister, Lindsey (27) and one brother, Kenny (24) ... grandfather Victor Bonuchi is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame ... majoring in nursing and after graduation would like to go to graduate school to become a neonatal nurse practitioner and work in the neonatal intensive care unit ... names anything by Nicholas Sparks or Emily Giffin as favorite books, "Seinfeld," "Gilmore Girls," "Friends," "Grey's Anatomy," "Family Guy," "Private Practice" and "Friday Night Lights" as favorite television shows, her nursing clinicals are her favorite school classes, "Juno" as favorite movie and junior Allie Southard as favorite athlete because "she is my teammate, roommate and best friend who came back from a broken back. Allie amazes and inspires me every day with her determination and dedication to our team and gymnastics. She has made an incredible recovery and pushes herself to not only get back to doing the gymnastics she was before, but going beyond that!" ... names her goals for this season as "be the first team in Penn State history to win Big Tens! Qualify into the Super Six at Nationals!" ... nickname is Brandaid (like Band-Aid).
Why Penn State?
"Penn State had the best combination of athletics and academics. I also fell in love with the girls and the coaches and the traditions."
Quoting Coach Shephard
Brandi is doing a tremendous job. She's right where she left off last year. She has a great attitude and works super hard. She's a very gifted athlete. She's built for gymnastics. She takes advantage of that and is trying to maximize her potential."
Brandi's Favorite Quote
"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible." ~Cadet Maxim