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Penn State Student-Athletes Earn NCAA and Big Ten Titles and High Graduation Rates During Outstanding 2011-12
Nittany Lions Place 12th in Directors' Cup Standings; Post 88 Percent Graduation Rate
Nittany Lion gymnasts recognized for distinguishing themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior
Musser was named the team MVP
Penn State has a total of 3,915 honorees during 18 years of the program
No. 2 seed Penn State will compete in session two at 7 p.m. ET
2011 (Junior): First Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Uneven Bars Champion ... anchored the Nittany Lions on bars in 11 of 12 meets ... averaged a 9.807 for the season ... finished in the top five event finishers eight times, including earning four event titles ... scored a 9.800 or better nine meets and a 9.900 or better six meets ... won the uneven bars title with a 9.900 at a tri-meet with Big Ten foes Illinois and Michigan (1/14) ... placed second with a 9.925 in a meet at Florida with N.C. State (1/28) ... won the bars crown with a 9.900 at North Carolina (2/11) ... scored a career-high 9.975 to tie the program record in a quad meet at Maryland with Rutgers and William & Mary (2/18) ... defended her uneven bars title at the Big Ten Championships (3/19) with a 9.925.
2010 (Sophomore):Second Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... competed in 13 meets on bars with an average score of 9.808 ... finished in the top five finishers 10 times, including winning five titles ... scored a 9.800 or better in 11 meets ... won her first uneven bars title scoring a 9.900 in a quad meet with Cornell, Iowa and Yale (1/23) ... scored a 9.950 for top honors vs. Illinois (2/7) ... won the event at Pittsburgh (2/13) with a 9.900 ... posted a 9.950 vs. Maryland, Michigan and Bridgeport (3/7) ... scored a 9.875 vs. Nebraska (3/20), good enough for second place ... won the Big Ten uneven bars title with a 9.925 (3/27) ... finished third with a 9.875 in the NCAA Regional Championship (4/10).
2009 (Freshman): Competed in 10 meets on bars with an average score of 9.805 ... finished in the top five finishers on six occasions ... earned the Ann Carr Award for most inspirational gymnast of the meet versus Cornell, William & Mary and Penn (2/7) where she finished third on bars ... placed third with a score of 9.800 at Illinois (1/17) ... scored a 9.750 at Nebraska to finish third ... recorded a 9.825, good enough for third place, versus Cornell, William & Mary and Penn (2/7) ... won bars with a 9.850 at Michigan (2/13) ... scored a versus Alabama and Ohio State (3/1) and again at the Big Ten Championships (3/21) ... scored a 9.800 at the NCAA Regionals (4/4) and again at the NCAA Championships (4/16).
Was a member of Salto Gymnastics club program in Waukesha, Wis., under the direction of Jim Chudy ... finished first on the bars and second on vault at the 2007 Wisconsin state championships ... finished third on the floor at the 2007 Regionals but tore her ACL for the second time on floor ... claimed first place on vault at the 2005 Wisconsin state championships ... placed third in the all-around, third on vault and second on beam at the 2005 Regionals ... a three-time National qualifier in 2003, 2004 and 2005, finishing 14th in the all-around and third on bars in 2005 and ninth in the all-around and sixth on bars in 2004 ... placed first in the all-around, first on bars, second on vault and tied for second on beam at the 2004 Wisconsin state championships ... also placed first in the all-around, first on bars and vault and second on beam at the 2003 Wisconsin state championships ... claimed first in the all-around and on bars and second on vault at the 2004 Regionals ... placed third in the all-around and first on bars and third on vault at the 2003 Regionals ... spent the 2006 and 2008 season rehabbing from her knee injuries ... member of the National Honor Society at Mukwonago High School ... four-year member of the national honor roll.
Born Natalie Clare Ettl on April 19, 1990 in Waukesha, Wis. ... parents are Steve and Beth Ettl ... has one brother, Will (18) ... majoring in kinesiology ... names camping and fishing as hobbies, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Hootie and the Blowfish and Kenny Chesney as favorite entertainers, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Miami Heat as favorite pro sports teams, "Mind Gym" as favorite book, "Grey's Anatomy," "The Next Great Baker" and "Law & Order SVU" as favorite television shows, "Despicable Me", "Life as We Know It", "Taken" and "The Proposal" as favorite movies and her cabin in northern Wisconsin and anywhere with a beach as favorite places to visit ... names goals for the season as "to help lead my team to win the first-ever Big Ten Championship title for Penn State and qualify to the NCAA Championship and Super Six. I want to enjoy my senior year with my amazing teammates and most importantly, have fun!"
Why Penn State?
"I chose to come to Penn State because of the great academic program. I also loved the coaching staff and the girls on the team. From the moment I walked into the gym, I felt like I was at home. It just felt like the perfect fit for me."
Quoting Coach Thompson
"Natalie has done a tremendous job helping lead our team as a senior co-captain. Her competitive experience with winning two individual Big Ten uneven bar championships helps her lead by example."
Natalie's Favorite Quote
"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement and impossibilities; It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." ~Thomas Carlyle