NACGC/W Scholar-Athlete ... saw action in 12 meets on vault, beam and floor ... averaged 9.760 on vault (eight meets), 9.750 on beam and 9.670 on floor ... on vault, scored 9.700 or higher in all meets ... recorded a career-best 9.850 for top honors at Maryland Quad(3/14) ... on beam, placed in the top five event finishers on five occasions, including two individual event titles ... recorded a career-high 9.900 for top event honors versus UNH, Rutgers and Bridgeport (2/21) ... on floor, tied her career-best 9.850 at the Big Ten Championships (3/21).
2008 (Sophomore): NACGC/W Scholar-Athlete ... missed most of the season with a broken back suffered while training bars during the summer ... competed beam in exhibition against Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers (3/21), scoring a 9.675 and earning the Ann Carr Award for the most inspirational performance of the meet.
2007 (Freshman): Competed in 11 meets of the year, seeing action on vault, beam and floor ... averaged a 9.713 on vault in eight contests ... posted a career-high 9.825 on vault at Maryland (3/2), good for a fourth-place finish ... tallied a 9.650 on the floor at Maryland (3/2)
Competed for US Gymnastics in Mahwah, N.J., under the direction of John and Michele Ribeiro and Suzanne Soto ... 2006 Junior Olympic National Qualifier, placing sixth on beam and fourth on floor ... 2006 New Jersey State vault, floor and all-around champion ... 2006 Region VII silver medalist on beam and all-around ... 2004 New Jersey beam champion ... 2003 New Jersey state floor and all-around champion ... 2003 Junior Olympic National floor champion ... four-year gymnastics letterwinner and team captain at Nanuet (N.Y.) High School, claiming the New York state all-around and beam championship her freshman season ... member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honors Society.
Born Allie Elizabeth Southard on March 20, 1988 ... parents are Eileen and Bill Southard ... has one sister, Emma (18) ... majoring in finance with a minor in management information systems and after graduation would like to work for a large financial consulting firm in New York City ... names salmon as favorite food, Cape May, N.J., as favorite place to visit, "The BFG" as favorite book, Channing Tatum as favorite actor, "Good Will Hunting" as favorite movie, Reese Witherspoon as favorite actress, Lance Armstrong as favorite athlete ... names goals for this season as winning the Big Ten Championships and qualifying for the Super Six at Nationals ... nickname is Al.
Why Penn State?
"I chose Penn State because I fell in love with the coaches and the girls on the team immediately and wanted to also receive an awesome education."
Quoting Coach Shephard
"Allie is an inspiration to her team based on the fact that she returned from her back injury and also had a knee surgery this fall. She's battled back from everything and we're looking forward to her having a great senior year."
Allie's Favorite Quote
"Everything happens for a reason. LIVESTRONG."
Inside Women's Gymnastics: A Q&A with Allie