2013 (Senior Year)
Competed in all 12 of the team's meets and at the NCAA Regional Championships...Made touches on the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise...Competed on the vault and uneven bars in each meet...Earned First Team All-Big Ten...Earned Big Ten Specialist of the Week twice during the season (2/18 & 3/18)...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Was the team's top performer on the vault and uneven bars...Tied for the team lead on the floor exercise...Grabbed a top-10 finish on the floor exercise at the NCAA Regional Championships (4/6) with a score of 9.850...Posted a pair of top-eight finishes at the Big Ten Championships (3/23), tying for sixth on the floor exercise (9.900) and tying for eighth on the uneven bars (9.875)...Set a career-high with a mark of 9.950 and won the title on the vault vs. Kentucky (3/16) and at Michigan (2/16)...also won the vault vs. New Hampshire, Temple and Penn (9.900; 3/9), in a tri-meet at Denver with Lindenwood (9.900; 1/5) and vs. Iowa, Pitt and Rutgers (9.875; 1/26)...Claimed the title on the uneven bars with a career-best score of 9.950 in a dual meet with Michigan State (2/23)...Also won the uneven bars event at UIC (1/12) with a mark of 9.000...Topped the floor exercise standings against Kentucky (3/16) and vs. New Hampshire, Temple and Penn (3/9) with a career-best score of 9.925...also boasted a score of 9.900 on the floor exercise at Michigan (2/16) and during the Big Ten Championships.
2012 (Junior Years)
Competed in all 13 of the team's meets...Was selected to the All-Big Ten second team...Earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the second time in her career...Competed in all 13 of meets in the all-around...Averaged scores of 9.833 in vault, 9.779 in bars, 9.561 in beam, 9.823 on the floor and 39.010 in the all-around...Had nine top five finishes in the vault, including two first place marks...Matched her season-high on back-to-back weeks with a mark of 9.925 against Pittsburgh (3/11) and Maryland (3/17)...Her 9.925 score at Pittsburgh was good for a first-place finish...Other crown came on 2/18 against SUNY Brockport with a mark of 9.875...Earned first place in three of her eight top finishes on bars...Notched a season-high score of 9.900 against Maryland (3/17)...Opened the season with two first place marks against West Virginia/Maryland (1/8) and New Hampshire (1/15)...On beam, earned four top five finishes...Earned a career-high score of 9.850 at Iowa (2/3) to earn third place, a season-best placing in the beam...On floor, posted a season-best score of 9.900 three times in back-to-back-to-back meets against Ohio State (2/25), Michigan/North Carolina (3/2) and Pittsburgh (3/11) .... Best all-around score came at Pittsburgh (3/11), just short of career-high at 39.400...Had nine top five finishes in the all-around.
2011 (Sophomore Year)
Second Team All-Big Ten...Academic All-Big Ten...competed in every meet on vault and bars, 10 meets on floor, eight meets on beam and eight meets in the all-around...averaged a 9.788 on vault, a 9.796 on bars, a 9.553 on beam, a 9.835 on floor and a 39.056 in the all-around...finished in the top three on vault on five occasions...scored a 9.800 or better in seven meets...posted a season-best 9.925 for the title at Maryland with Rutgers and William & Mary (2/18)...placed in the top five on bars in six meets...scored a 9.800 or better in six meets, including a season-high 9.925 for second place at Maryland (2/18)...won the uneven bars title at West Virginia (3/12)...placed third with a 9.850 at the Big Ten Championship (3/19) and NCAA Regionals (4/2)...scored a season-high 9.800 on beam, good enough for third place at West Virginia (3/12)...placed in the top five on floor at seven meets, including earning three titles...earned a season-high 9.925 for the crown vs. Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Bridgeport (2/26) and again at the Big Ten Championship...finished in the top five in the all-around in seven of eight meets...posted a career-best 39.475 for second place at Maryland with Rutgers and William & Mary (2/18)...earned the Ann Carr Award for most inspirational performance vs. New Hampshire (1/22).
2010 (Freshman Year)
Competed in 12 of 13 meets for the Nittany Lions, including six meets in the all-around...averaged 9.718 on vault (seven meets), 9.645 on bars (10 meets), 9.383 on beam (six meets), 9.763 on floor (12 meets) and 38.450 in the all-around...finished in the top five on vault on three occasions...scored a 9.750 in five of seven meets...posted a 9.875 for fifth place at Utah (3/12) and again for fourth place vs. Nebraska...finished in the top five event finishers on bars three times, including taking top honors at Ohio State (2/27)...scored a season-high 9.875 for fourth place vs. Illinois (2/6)...placed fifth with a 9.850 at the Big Ten Championships (3/27)...posted a season-high 9.825 on beam vs. Maryland, Michigan and Bridgeport (3/7)...finished in the top five on floor five times, including three top three finishes...scored a 9.850 four times, including at the Big Ten Championships (3/27) and the NCAA Regional Championships (4/10) to place fifth...scored a season-high 39.100 in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships (3/27).
Was a member of Hill's Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Md. under the direction of Kelli Hill...Was a five-time national qualifier...Was the 2006 Maryland Regional Champion on the balance beam and the 2007 Maryland State Champion on the uneven bars...In 2008, finished seventh in the all-around, ninth on vault and sixth on floor exercise at Nationals...Was a member of the Region 7 Senior A National Championship Team...Finished second on uneven bars at the 2008 Maryland Regional and second on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise at the 2008 Maryland State Championships...In 2009, was the National Champion on the uneven bars, also placing second on the balance beam and 10th on vault...placed second on the uneven bars and third on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Regionals...Won the uneven bars and floor exercise titles at the Maryland State Championships and finished second on vault and balance beam.
Born Madison Nicole Merriam in Gaithersburg, Md. on June 27, 1991...Daughter of Jim and Cindy Merriam...Has two sisters, Reilly and Shaye, and one brother, Jamie...Majoring in public relations and minoring in both Spanish and business...Names Jack Johnson as her favorite entertainer, English as her favorite school subject, Michael Jordan as her favorite athlete, Hawaiian pizza as her favorite food, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" as her favorite book...Chose "True Blood" as her favorite television show, "500 Days of Summer" as favorite movie, Ryan Reynolds as her favorite actor, Katherine Heigle as her favorite actress and the beach as her favorite place to visit...Her goals for the season are "to go into every routine with confidence, help my team win a Big Ten Championship and go to the NCAA Championships."
Why Penn State?
"I chose Penn State because it is the best school all around for what I wanted academically and athletically. I also fell in love with the school when I came to visit."
Madison's Favorite Quote
"Believe you can and you're half way there." ~Theodore Roosevelt