Nittany Lions host six-team field inside Rec Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5
at North Carolina State Quad
2013 (Sophomore Year)
Competed in 10 of the team's 12 meets and at the NCAA Regional Championships...Made touches on the uneven bars and balance beam...Ranked fourth on the team on the uneven bars...Scored 9.775 on the uneven bars and 9.625 on the balance beam at the NCAA Regionals (4/6)...Competed on the uneven bars (9.750) and the balance beam (9.750) at the Big Ten Championships (3/23)...Set a career-best on the uneven bars with a mark of 9.875 to win the event vs. New Hampshire, Temple and Penn (3/9)...Scored 9.825 on the uneven bars at Illinois (3/2)...Tallied a score of 9.800 twice on the season; vs. Michigan State (2/23) and at Michigan (2/16)...Tied her career-best with a score of 9.825 on the balance beam vs. Kentucky (3/16)...Tallied a balance beam score of 9.800 vs. Michigan State (2/23)...Scored 9.775 twice on the balance beam; at Illinois (3/2) and at Michigan (2/16).
2012 (Freshman Year)
Competed in all 12 of the team's meets and at the NCAA Regional Championships...Made touches on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise...Also competed in the all-around in 12 meets...Posted a score of 9.800 to finish tied for 12th on the floor exercise at the NCAA Regionals (4/7), helping her to a 12th place showing in the all-around with a score of 38.575...Scored 9.750 on the vault, 9.800 on the uneven bars and 9.225 on the balance beam at the NCAA Regionals (4/6)...Competed in the all-around (38.650) at the Big Ten Championships (3/24)...Scored 9.750 on the vault, 9.700 on the uneven bars, 9.500 on the balance beam and 9.700 on the floor exercise at the Big Ten Championships (3/24)...Set a career-best score of 9.825 on the vault twice; at North Carolina State with George Washington and William & Mary (2/11) and vs. SUNY-Brockport (2/18)...Notched a season-best showing of 9.825 on the uneven bars against Maryland (3/17)...Scored 9.800 twice on the uneven bars; vs. Pittsburgh (3/11) and at the NCAA Regionals (4/6)...Posted a career-best showing of 9.825 on the balance beam at Iowa (2/3)...Set a career-high with a score of 9.875 on the floor exercise against Pittsburgh (3/11)...Posted a score of 9.850 twice on the floor exercise; vs. SUNY-Brockport (2/18) and vs. Michigan State, Cornell and Alabama (1/21)...Scored a career-best 39.150 in the all-around at North Carolina State with George Washington and William & Mary (2/11).
Competed for Docksiders Gymnastics in Millersville, Md. for Bob Ouellette...Was a five-time Regional qualifier and a four-time National qualifier...Spent seven years in Level 10 gymnastics...Member of the 2009 All-Star Team...Finished second on floor exercise and ninth in the all-around at the 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals...Finished second on uneven bars in the 2010 Maryland State Championships...Placed second on floor exercise and eighth in the all-around at 2010 Regionals...Finished sixth on bars at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals...2011 Maryland State Champion on the vault and floor exercise...Also placed second on uneven bars and in the all-around at the 2011 Maryland State Championships... 2011 Regional Champion on the uneven bars...Was a member of the National Honor Society at Archbishop Spalding High School.
Born Krystal Kate Welsh in Maryland on March 21, 1993...Daughter of Jeff and Lisa Welsh...has two sisters, Bonnie and Victoria, and one brother, Jakob...Majoring in bio-behavioral health with a minor of human development and family studies...Names spending time with family and friends as her favorite hobby, the Pittsburgh Steelers as her favorite pro sports team, seafood as her favorite food, and "Suits" as her favorite television show...Is a member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute at Penn State.
Why Penn State?
"I chose to attend Penn State because of the excellent athletics, as well as the challenging academics. I also love the feeling you get from all the students and faculty that `We Are...Penn State' and we are a family."
Coach Thompson on Welsh
"We are thrilled to discover that Krystal has finally recovered from the ankle surgery that took place before the 2013 season. As an all-around competitor her freshmen year, Krystal really excelled for us in every meet. We missed that from her all last season and are ready to get her back in every lineup. Her powerful tumbling and dynamic vault are something we truly need and are very happy to have back. Look for Krystal to also be one of the team's most trusted leaders this year, as well."