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National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) honored eight Nittany Lions for academic success in 2016-17
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2018)
NACGC/W SCHOLAR-ATHLETE (2017)
|Uneven Bars||9.825||3/9/18||BYU, Texas Women's & Utah State|
|Balance Beam||9.800||3/9/18||BYU, Texas Women's & Utah State|
2017 (Freshman Year)
Made appearances in the Nittany Lion lineup in four meets...Made her Nittany Lion lineup debut with an eighth-place finish on the balance beam (9.625) at Nebraska (1/15)...At Illinois, McCracken competed on the uneven bars (9.100), balance beam (9.750) and floor exercise (9.325) (1/29)...Posted a career-best 9.750 on the uneven bars against Michigan State (2/4).
Competed for World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas, under coaches Laurent Landi, Cecile Canqueteau-Landi and Natasha Boyarskaya...2015: Junior Olympic National Qualifier...Finished second on the balance beam and took sixth in the all-around at regionals...Tallied a second-place finish on the balance beam, took fourth on the uneven bars and placed sixth in the all-around at the Texas state meet...2014: Junior Olympic National Alternate...Posted second-place finishes on the uneven bars and floor exercise and a ninth-place finish in the all-around at regionals...Recorded a sixth-place finish on the uneven bars and finished seventh in the all-around at the Texas state meet...2013: Passed Compulsories at the WOGA Elite Qualifier...2012: Placed eighth on the balance beam at Junior Olympic Nationals...Tallied a fifth-place finish in the all-around and sixth-place finishes on the uneven bars and floor exercise at regionals...At the Texas state meet, McCracken won the balance beam title, placed second on the uneven bars and finished third in the all-around...2011: Qualified for the Texas state meet in her first year competing as a level 10 gymnast...2010: Captured the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise titles at western nationals...Won the all-around, balance beam, floor exercise and uneven bars titles at regionals...2009: Placed second in the all-around and uneven bars and finished third in the floor exercise at the regional meet...Brought home the all-around, balance beam and uneven bars titles at the Texas state meet.
Tess Anneliese McCracken was born on January 27, 1998, in Plano, Texas...Daughter of Broderick and Nancy McCracken...Has an older brother, Dalton, and a younger sister, Kyra...Simone Biles is her favorite athlete, “Fixer Upper” is her favorite TV show, “Tangled” is her favorite movie, lists snow crab legs as her favorite meal and Banff National Park, Canada, is her dream vacation...Engineering major.
Why Penn State
"I chose Penn State because the moment I stepped on campus it felt right. I felt like the people here wanted me to be a part of their journey, and I decided I wanted them to be a part of my journey as well."