ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2009-10 & 2008-09)
2009-10 (JUNIOR YEAR): Media Guide Bio
2008-09 (SOPHOMORE YEAR): Finished with eight top five finishes, led by a second-place finish in the three-meter springboard ... At the Tennessee Diving Invite, was 38th in both the one-meter (201.30, preliminary) and three-meter (195.70, preliminary) ... Was sixth in the three-meter (216.60) and 12th in the one-meter (193.25) at the Rutgers Gailbraith Invite ... Posted season best score in one-meter (214.43) at Southern Methodist, good for a third overall finish. Was also fifth in the three-meter (183.30) ... Was fourth in both the one-meter (168.90) and three-meter (184.50) at Texas A&M ... Season best score of 222.52 in the three-meter came in first home meet vs. Richmond, while also posting fifth overall score in the one-meter (206.92) ... In season-opener at West Virginia, finished second and third, respectively, in the three-meter (219.98) and one-meter (185.03) ... Named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2007-08 (FRESHMAN YEAR): Contributed to diving's success shortly after joining the team ... Had several second-place finishes to lead the way for the Nittany Lions ... Score was good for 29th amongst the conference's one-meter springboard divers at the Big Ten Championships. On the three-meter board, placed 33rd ... For the season, received two second-place nods, both in the one-meter springboard to go along with four third-place marks ... Against West Virginia, took third in the three-meter with a score of 237 ... Posted personal second-best score at the Penn State Quad Meet ... Scored 182.05 on the three-meter springboard at the prestigious Georgia Diving Invite ... Earned first-career second placing at Pittsburgh's quad meet ... Had personal best score (249.75) in the Princeton Invitational, coming in third in the preliminary heat ... Dove best one-meter score (254.77) versus West Chester, coming in second.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was on the diving team for four years at Lower Moreland High School in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. ... Was also on the tennis team ... Team captain senior year ... Was a three-time district champion sophomore through senior seasons and also finished third at districts as a freshman ... Improved at states in each of her four years, culminating with a second-place finish senior year ... Finished fourth at states as a junior, 10th as a sophomore and 15th as a freshman ... Was on the honor roll all four years ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Graduated in the top 10 of her class and was a scholar athlete as a senior ... Was named Female Student Athlete of the Year as both a junior and senior.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ilana Jessica Zeises ... Born on November 4, 1988 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... The daughter of Richard and Andrea Zeises ... Has two older sisters, Farah (29), who was also a college diver, and Lisa (26), who also attended Penn State ... Majoring in bioengineering.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State for the combination of the great athletics and academics."
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