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National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) honored eight Nittany Lions for academic success in 2016-17
National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) honored six Nittany Lions for academic success in 2015-16
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2017)
THREE CAREER EVENT TITLES
|All Around||39.175||3/4/16||Arizona State|
|Balance Beam||9.875||3/4/16||Arizona State|
|Floor Exercise||9.850||1/9/16||North Carolina State|
2017 (Sophomore Year)
Academic All-Big Ten...Competed in two meets on the year...Suffered a season-ending injury at Nebraska (1/15)...In the season-opening meet against Bowling Green, BYU and Temple, Jones finished third on the floor exercise with a 9.800 (1/7)...At Nebraska, Jones finished seventh on the uneven bars with a score of 9.800 (1/15).
2016 (Freshman Year)
Appeared in the uneven bars and floor exercise lineup in 10 of 12 meets...Championship season: At the Big Ten Championships (3/19), Jones tied for seventh on the balance beam with a 9.850, she tied for 16th on the vault with a 9.800 and she tied for 12th in the all-around (39.150)...Jones competed in the all-around at the NCAA Regional Championships (4/2) and placed 15th (37.700)...Also at the NCAA Regional Championships, Jones tied for 19th on the uneven bars (9.825) and tied for 16th on the vault (9.750)...Regular season: Jones’ floor exercise routine earned her first place (9.850) in her Nittany Lion debut against North Carolina State (1/9)...Placed fourth on uneven bars (9.850) against Illinois (1/29) and sixth on the vault (9.725)...Against Michigan State (2/6), Jones tied for eighth on the uneven bars (9.775)... Against Ohio State (2/13), Jones tied for fifth place on the uneven bars (9.750)...In the season’s first quad meet against Alabama, Cornell and Denver, Jones finished 17th on the uneven bars with a 9.700 (2/20)...Finished fifth on the uneven bars with a 9.800 at Maryland (2/22)...Placed eighth on the floor exercise against Southern Connecticut, Temple, West Chester and West Virginia with a 9.850 (2/26)...Tied for her first all-around title at Arizona State with a career-best 39.175 and tied for the balance beam title with a career-best 9.875 (3/4)...At the Big Five Qualifier (3/12), Jones tied for fifth on the uneven bars as she tied her career-best 9.850 and she tied for 11th on the floor exercise as she tied a career-best 9.850.
Trained at Youngstown Gymnastics Center in Youngstown, Ohio, under coaches Sandy Sabo and Chad Cleland…Finished seventh in the nation on balance beam at the 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships…Named the Ohio State Vault Champion in 2012…Also named the national champion on vault at the National Invitational Tournament in 2010 followed by a runner-up finish in 2011…Placed second on the balance beam at the Ohio State meet in 2015 and third on the uneven bars.
Born Jessica Louise Jones in Canfield, Ohio, on October 26, 1996…Daughter of Richard and Linda Jones…Has two younger sisters, Erin and Ashley…Names shopping and hanging with friends as her hobbies, The Weekend is her favorite musical entertainer, science, biology and psychology as her favorite subjects, Cleveland Cavaliers as her favorite professional sports team and Lebron James, Apollo Ohno and Aly Raisman as her favorite athletes…Says chicken, avocado and mac and cheese are her favorite foods, “Catching Fire” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” are her favorite books, “Friday Night Lights” and “The Fosters” are her favorite television shows, Big Hero 6 is her favorite movie, Matthew McConaughey is her favorite actor, Jennifer Lawrence is her favorite actress and Chicago or Orange Beach, Alabama, are her favorite places to visit...Kinesiology major.
Why Penn State?
“I chose to attend Penn State because of the opportunities it provided for me both academically and athletically. On top of that, the campus and the people are very welcoming. I feel comfortable and at home here.”