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Musser was named the team MVP
Penn State finishes sixth at Big Ten Championships
Penn State Faculty and Staff can attend for $5
Welsh was the Ann Carr Award winner for Penn State
The Nittany Lions earned season-high team scores on vault and bars
2011 (Junior): Competed on bars in 11 meets for the Nittany Lions ... averaged a 9.702 for the season ... finished in the top five event finishers on five occasions ... scored a career-high 9.850 four times, including at Maryland (2/18) for third place, vs. Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Bridgeport 2/26) for second place, at the Big Ten Championship (3/19) for third place and at NCAA Regionals (4/2) for third place.
2010 (Sophomore): Competed in five meets for the Nittany Lions specializing on bars ... averaged a 9.700 ... scored a 9.825 at Utah (3/12) ... scored a 9.800 at the Big Ten Championships (3/27) ... posted a 9.800 the NCAA Regional Championships (4/10).
2009 (Freshman): Competed in nine meets during the season specializing on bars ... averaged 9.686 on bars ... scored a season-high 9.825 versus Michigan State (1/24) in her first collegiate competition for second place honors ... scored higher than a 9.700 on six occasions ... scored a 9.750 in the NCAA Championships (4/16).
Competed for Nittany Gymnastics in State College, Pa., under the direction of Amy Adamek and Mike Rizzuto ... was injured for most of junior and senior seasons but attended Regionals ... placed sixth on vault at Level 9 Nationals during sophomore season ... at Level 8 Regionals during freshman season, placed second on vault ... four-year member of the Honor Roll at State College Area High School.
Born Alexandra Garland Stine on July 12, 1990 in State College, Pa. ... parents are Charles and Karen Stine ... majoring in kinesiology ... names Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine as favorite entertainers, English as favorite school subject, Michael Phelps as favorite athlete, steak as favorite food, "Twilight" series by Stephanie Mayer as favorite book, "True Blood" as favorite television show, Gladiator" as favorite movie, Richard Gere as favorite actor, Julia Roberts as favorite actress and New Orleans as favorite place to visit ... names goal for this season "to do the best I can to contribute to the team and enjoy my senior year."
Why Penn State?
"Not only does Penn State excel academically, but it was important to me that the school I attend be athletically superior. I knew that the gymnastics program would be challenging but I was ready to accept that challenge. Since my family resides in the area, they could provide any additional support if necessary. My experience attending meets at Rec Hall showed me a high-energy, cohesive team who worked as one toward their goals."
Quoting Coach Thompson
"Alex is coming off a tremendous junior year where she competed on uneven bars. She has shown consistency and determination throughout the fall and we expect her to excel for Penn State this season."
Alex's Favorite Quote
"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks." ~Joe Paterno