Lion Career 2012 (Junior):
Became the second Penn State gymnast in the last four years to be named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year ... Was the seventh Nittany Lion ever to receive the award ... Earned NACGC/W All-America status at NCAA Championships, giving her six for her career ... Earned the Second Team All-America status in the beam and floor ... Additionally was named First Team All-Big Ten ... Six-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (1/9, 1/21, 2/6, 2/13, 3/2, 3/17) ... Averaged 9.873 on vault, 9.796 on bars, 9.882 on beam, 9.850 on floor and 39.395 in the all-around ... Won seven individual titles in vault and posted scores of 9.900 or better in seven meets .... Posted a season-high of 9.950 three times against New Hampshire (1/15), vs. Michigan/North Carolina (3/2) and vs. Maryland (3/17) ... Tied for sixth at the Big Ten Championships (3/24) with a score of 9.900 ... On the bars, earned titles five times and matched her season-high of 9.9000 three times ... Was dominant on the beam, winning a total of nine individual titles ... Matched her career-high score of 9.950 against Ohio State (2/25) at Rec Hall to earn a title ... Eclipsed the 9.900 mark seven times ... Her 9.850 score at the Big Ten Championships was good for third in that event ... Posted a mark of 9.900 at the NCAA Championships (4/20) ... Won a total of five individual titles on the floor and matched her career-high score of 9.950 against Maryland (3/17) ... Won 10 all-round titles ... Finished third at the Big Ten Championships in the all-around with a score of 39.400 .... Posted a score of 39.300 to earn All-America status at the NCAA Championships ... Earned a season-best score of 39.650 vs. Michigan/North Carolina (3/2).
2011 (Sophomore): First Team All-Big Ten ... four-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (1/22, 2/18, 2/26, 3/4) ... Honda Award nominee ... Big Ten Vault and All-Around Champion ... competed in every meet in the all-around ... averaged a 9.879 on vault, a 9.842 on bars, a 9.883 on beam, a 9.727 on floor and a 39.331 in the all-around ... finished in the top five on vault 11 times, including earning six individual event titles ... scored a 9.875 or better in 11 meets ... scored a season-best 9.925 for top honors at North Carolina (2/11) ... scored a 9.900 at the Big Ten Championship (3/19) for the title ... finished in the top five on bars 10 times, including earning three event titles ... scored a 9.825 or better in 10 meets ... scored a career-high 9.925 for the event crown vs. Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Bridgeport (2/26) ... scored a 9.900 for second place at NCAA Regionals (4/2) ... finished in the top five on beam in 12 meets, including seven event titles ... scored a personal-best 9.950 vs. N.C. State and Maryland (3/4) ... posted a 9.850 for second place at the Big Ten Championship (3/19) ... earned five top five finishes on floor, including four individual event titles ... posted a career-high 9.950 at Maryland (2/18) ... tied her career-high with a 9.950 vs. N.C. State and Maryland (3/4) ... earned a 9.900 for fourth place on floor at the Big Ten Championship (3/19) ... placed in the top five in the all-around in 12 meets, including six first place finishes ... placed third with a 39.425 at NCAA Regionals (4/2) to qualify for the NCAA National Championship ... scored a career-high 39.725 vs. N.C. State and Maryland (3/4) ... finished 12th in the all-around at the NCAA National Championship (4/15) with a 38.600 ... earned the Ann Carr award for most inspirational performance vs. Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Bridgeport (2/26).
2010 (Freshman):NACGC/W First Team All-American on vault and in the all-around and second team All-American on beam and floor ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (2/15, 3/8, 3/22) ... Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (3/8) ... finished 17th in the nation on vault ... competed in every meet on vault and bars, 13 meets on beam and eight meets on floor and in the all-around ... averaged 9.835 on vault (15 meets), 9.830 on bars (14 meets), 9.690 on beam (13 meets), 9.600 on floor (eight meets) and 39.066 in the all-around (eight meets) ... finished in the top five on vault 11 times ... scored a 9.800 or better in 12 meets ... scored a personal-best 9.975 for top honors against Maryland, Michigan and Bridgeport (3/7) ... placed in the top five on bars nine times, including finishing first against Nebraska (3/20) with a 9.900 ... posted a career-best 9.925 in a quad meet at Utah with Oregon State and Southern Utah (3/12) ... finished in the top five event finishers six times on beam, including taking top honors four times ... earned a score of 9.900 at Utah (3/12) for first place and again at the Big Ten Championships for second place ... on floor, finished in the top three event finishers on three occasions ... posted a 9.900 at Big Ten Championships for second place ... placed in the top three event finishers in the all-around in six of eight meets ... took top honors against Maryland, Michigan and Bridgeport (3/7) with a 39.600.
Was a member of the Colorado Aerials club in Colorado Springs, Colo. under the direction of Jaycie Phelps, Kathy Vigil and Jason Baits ... was the 2008 State and Regional Champion ... was the beam and vault champion at the 2008 Junior Olympic Nationals ... finished second in the all-around at the 2008 and 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals ... was a 2009 Regional Champion ... was the 2009 Beam Champion at the Junior Olympic Nationals.
Born Sharaya Lyn Musser on Jan. 26, 1991 in Brentwood, Tenn. ... parents are Dean and Beverly Musser ... has four sisters, Lysandra (23), who is married with two kids, Sabrina (22) married with one child, Alecia (19) and Mariah (15), and two brothers, Harrison (17) and Jonathan (10) ... majoring in kinesiology ... both her father and uncle attended Penn State ... names dancing as a hobby, the Philadelphia Eagles as her favorite pro sports team, Jaycie Phelps as her favorite athlete, Italian food as her favorite kind of food, "Smallville" and "Grey's Anatomy" as her favorite television shows, "Transformers" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" as her favorite movies Denzel Washington as her favorite actor, and North Carolina and Florida as her favorite places to visit ... her goals for the season are "to win a Big Ten Championship as a team, to make it to NCAAs as a team and individually and to win some individual titles."
Why Penn State
"It has always been my dream college to go to."
Quoting Coach Thompson
"Student-athletes like Sharaya Musser come along once in a coach's life-time and we are going to savor every second of this season with her. We fully expect her to continue right where she left off the 2012 campaign as one of the NCAA's top female gymnasts."
Sharaya's Favorite Quote
"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." ~Anonymous