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Heather McElwee
Heather McElwee

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ponte Vedra, Fla.

High School:
Nease

Height:
5-1½

Event:
V, BB, FX



Lion Career
2010 (Junior):Academic All-Big Ten ... did not see competitive meet action.

2009 (Sophomore): Competed in eight meets primarily on floor, but also saw action in three meets on beam ... averaged a 9.663 on beam and a 9.700 on beam (three meets) ... earned two top five finishes on beam ... finished fifth with a season-high score of 9.775 versus Michigan (1/24) and again at Nebraska (1/30) with a score of 9.675 ... set a career-high score of 9.850 on floor at the Big Ten Championships (3/21) ... scored a 9.800 at the NCAA Regionals (4/4) ... recorded a score of 9.750 at the NCAA National Championships.

2008 (Freshman): Competed in 10 meets, concentrating on bars, beam and floor ... averaged an 8.745 on bars (five meets), a 9.566 on beam (eight meets) and a 9.604 on floor (seven meets) ... scored a career-high 9.675 on bars at Ohio State (2/24) ... recorded three top-five finishes on beam ... produced a personal-best 9.800 on beam at New Hampshire (2.9), good for her first career individual event title ... claimed second on beam at Pittsburgh (1/11) with a 9.775 ... notched a third-place 9.775 at Arkansas (1/25) ... posted a 9.750 on floor at New Hampshire (2/9).

High School/Club
Attended Allen D. Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla ... competed for Gymnastics Unlimited in Jacksonville, Fla. ... a four-time Regional qualifier ... earned fourth-placed in the all-around at Regionals during junior year and placed first on the beam, becoming a National qualifier ... placed second in the all-around during sophomore year at Regionals, becoming a National qualifier and also was the state beam champion ... was a Regional qualifier and a first alternate for the national team during freshman year ... earned the Character Counts Award in 2006 ... three-time Art Works Award winner (2005, 2006, 2007).

Personal
Born Heather Marie McElwee on Dec. 18, 1988 in Jacksonville, Fla. ... parents are Teresa and Al Stanley, and Quintin and Becky McElwee ... has one sister, Natalie Foster (23) and one brother, Morgan Stanley (16) ... father Al Stanley was a pole vaulter at Florida State ... majoring in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management with a minor in business ... names sweet potatoes and tomato soup as favorite foods, "Friends," "House," "Grey's Anatomy," "Nip/Tuck" and "Biggest Loser" as favorite television shows, "The Peaceful Warrior" as favorite book and Lance Armstrong as favorite athlete ... names goals for this season as winning Big Tens and making NCAA Nationals ... nickname is Mac.

Why Penn State?
"I chose Penn State because of the team and the traditions here."

Heather's Favorite Quote
"Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and ending. Life is about not knowing, having to change, and taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity..."

Inside Women's Gymnastics: A Q&A with Heather

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