Lau claims lone individual event for Nittany Lions in victory at Iowa State
2013 (Freshman Year)
Competed in 11 of the team's 12 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...Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice (1/7 & 1/14)...Ranked third on the team on the uneven bars, tied for third on the vault, fourth in the all-around and tied for fourth on the balance beam...Scored 9.725 on the vault and 9.775 on the uneven bars at the NCAA Regionals (4/6)...Posted a score of 9.750 on the vault and 9.800 on the uneven bars at the Big Ten Championships (3/23)...Owned a career-best vault of 9.875 on two occasions; vs. Kentucky (3/16) and at Nebraska (2/10)...Notched her career-best score of 9.900 on the uneven bars at Michigan (2/16)...Posted her career-best score of 9.850 on the balance beam vs. Minnesota, Towson and Kent State (1/19)...Won the individual title in the all-around (39.025) and on the floor exercise (9.750), setting career-bests in both, at UIC (1/12).
Lettered all four years at Delsea Regional High School... Was a part of the Athenium League and Honor Roll at Delsea Regional...Competed for Atlantic Coast Gymnastics Club in Williamstown, N.J. and was coached by Nic Tomasette, Jesse Rappaport and Darlene Blank... Finished fourth on uneven bars and eighth in the all-around at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Cup...Won the New Jersey State Championship in the all-around in 2010...Was the 2010 Regional Champion on the uneven bars and all-around...Won the 2010 Junior Olympics National Championship on the balance beam, finished fourth on the vault, ninth on the floor exercise and third in the all-around...Claimed the 2011 New Jersey State Championships on the uneven bars and finished third in the all-around...Qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2011.
Born Samantha Morgan Muston in Morristown, N.J. on Sept. 10, 1993...Daughter of David and Anne Musto...Has two sisters, Amanda and Michelle...Plans on majoring in bio-behavioral health...Lists scuba diving, swimming, reading and shopping as her hobbies, Taylor Swift as her favorite entertainer, anatomy and physiology as her favorite subject, the New York Giants as her favorite pro sports team and Shawn Johnson as her favorite athlete...Says chicken parmesan is her favorite food, the Harry Potter series is her favorite reading material, "Friends", "NCIS" and "Friday Night Lights" are her favorite television shows, "Remember the Titans", "Bridesmaids", "Finding Nemo", The Lion King", The Notebook" and "The Blind Side" are her favorite movies and Ireland, Rome, Australia and Spain are her favorite places to visit.
Why Penn State?
"Penn State was the perfect combination of team chemistry, coaching, education, and campus."
Coach Thompson on Musto
"Samantha was the top newcomer in the Big Ten last season, before getting injured early in the season. The injury knocked Samantha out of the all-around, but not out of competition. She fought hard and rehabbed even harder, earning her way back into three lineups and was ready for the fourth. We expect Samantha to be even better as a sophomore and, once again, will be a Rec Hall favorite."