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Before Penn State
Club Gym: Trained at Hill's Gymnastics under coaches Kelli Hill, Cynthia Smaha, and Tian Zhang...Junior Olympic National Championships: 2017 – Finished second on the vault and tied for eighth on the floor…2015 – Placed third on the vault and 15th in the all-around…2014 – Took ninth in the all-around and 11th on the vault….2013 – finished eighth on bars, 11th on beam, and ninth in the all-around...Level 10 Regional: 2017 – finished first on the vault, bars, floor and in the all-around scoring a 38.55, along with finishing second on beam…2015 – Finished first on the uneven bars, second on the vault and in the all-around, and finished third on the floor…2014 – Won the uneven bars and finished second in the all-around…2013 – Captured the all-around title, along with finishing third on the floor and balance beam…2012 – Competed on the uneven bars...Level 10 State: 2017 – first on vault, beam, floor, and all around, and placed third on the uneven bars…2015 – Placed first on the uneven bars and floor exercise, along with a second-place finish on the vault and in the all-around…2014 – Won the all-around, floor exercise, and vault…2013 – Won the all-around, vault, and uneven bars…2012 – Finished third on the uneven bars.
Born Lauren Marie Bridgens in Darnestown, Maryland, on September 22, 1998…Daughter of Dave and Clare Anne…Has three siblings Ryan, Chris and Taylor…Lists shopping and hiking and spending time with friends as hobbies, the Washington Redskins as her favorite sports team, steak and Caesar salad as favorite food, “Dear John” and “The Blindside” as her favorite movies, names Tim McGraw and Sam Hunt as her favorite musicians, and her favorite place to visit is anywhere there’s a beach...Majoring in marketing.
Why Penn State?
"I chose Penn State because nothing compares to that feeling when you walk on campus. Everyone is so spirited and full of energy, it would be hard not to fall in love with PSU. I also felt like it was a school that would allow me to be successful academically as well as in gymnastics since it is a great school for both. I am so excited to be part of such an amazing team with amazing coaches!"