Lion Career 2012 (Sophomore): Competed in 13 meets on bars and beam, seven on vault, six on floor and had six all-around appearances ... Had an average of 9.693 on the vault during the season ... Eclipsed her career-high in the very first meet against West Virginia and Maryland (1/8) with a mark of 9.775 ... In all 13 appearances on the bars, averaged 9.771 and had six top five finishes ... Earned scores of 9.800 or better five times ... Tallied a career-high of 9.875 against Michigan and North Carolina (3/2) ... On beam, averaged a score of 9.758 and earned tallies of 9.800 or better four times ... Smashed her career-high on beam with a score of 9.900 at Iowa (2/3) ... Earned season-best scores of 9.775 on floor twice against New Hampshire (1/15) and at Minnesota (1/28) ... Averaged 38.875 in six all-around appearances on the season ... Never had all-around action entering the season ... Posted a personal best of 39.100 at Iowa (2/3).
2011 (Freshman): Competed in four meets on vault, one meet on bars and five meets on beam and floor ... averaged a 9.643 on vault (four meets), a 9.700 on beam (five meets) and 9.620 on floor (five meets) ... scored a personal-best 9.750 on vault vs. New Hampshire (1/22) ... earned a 9.800 for fourth place on bars at West Virginia (3/12) ... posted a 9.825 on beam for fourth place vs. New Hampshire (1/22) ... finished in the top five twice on floor ... scored a 9.700 for fifth at Alabama (1/7) ... earned a personal-best 9.800 for fourth vs. New Hampshire (1/22).
Was a member of the Lehigh Valley Sports Academy in Allentown, Pa. ... was a Level 10 Regional Qualifier all four years ... was a three-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier ... was a 2007 Pre-Elite Qualifier ... 2009 Regional Uneven Bar Champion ... named to the National Society of High School Scholars ... graduated in the top 10% of her class at Palmerton Area High School in Palmerton, Pa.
Born Kassidy Taylor Stauder on Sept. 4, 1992 in Palmerton, Pa ... parents are Kim and Bill Stauder ... has one brother, Kutty (23) ... majoring in elementary education ... names reading, crafts, swimming and hanging out with friends and family as her hobbies, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Matchbook 20 and Hootie and the Blowfish as her favorite entertainers, chemistry as her favorite school subject, the Philadelphia Eagles as her favorite professional sports team, Mary Lou Retton as her favorite athlete, fruit as her favorite food, "Things Not Seen" as her favorite book, "CSI" has her favorite TV show, "The Notebook" as her favorite movie, Johnny Depp as her favorite actor, Reese Witherspoon as her favorite actress and Rehobeth Beach, Del. as her favorite place to visit ... goals for the season are "to win a Big Ten Championship as a team, qualify to Super Six as a team and place, compete in the all-around at every meet and strive for a 9.9 on each event, and win an individual national or Big Ten title."
Why Penn State
"As soon as I walked on campus, I knew it was the place for me. I love the atmosphere and how the campus is laid out. It has always been my dream to be a Nittany Lion."
Quoting Coach Thompson
"Kassidy was awarded the Joan Beltz -Casey Rohrbaugh Balance Beam Award in 2012 for hitting every beam routine in competition. We expect her to continue to build on the success she had in 2012 by getting us off to a great start on bars and beam in every meet this year."
Kassidy's Favorite Quote
"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney