UCLA Gymnastics BIO
Samantha Peszek
Player Profile:
Samantha Peszek 1264148
Height: 5'1"
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Cathedral HS
Club: Sharp's Gymnastics/DeVeau's

Career Highlights
2011 NCAA balance beam champion
10-time All-American
Scored a 10.0 on uneven bars 2/8/14
2008 Olympic silver medalist
2007 World Championships gold medalist

Best Marks
V - 9.950, last 3/16/14
UB - 10.0, 2/8/14
BB - 9.950, last 4/5/14
FX - 9.950, 3/11/12
AA - 39.700, 4/5/14

First-team All-American in the all-around (fourth) and on bars (12th) … Second-team All-American on vault and floor … Earned first-team regular season All-America honors on beam and second-team on bars … NCAA Regional all-around, bars and beam champion … First-team All-Pac-12 on beam and the Pac-12 beam champion after scoring 9.925 at the conference championships … NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and 2nd-team Pac-12 All-Academic … Received Pac-12 weekly awards in four of the last six weeks - three Specialist of the Week awards and Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week the final week … Had 17 out of a possible 39 individual victories this season, including team-highs of six on bars and five on beam … Scored 9.9 or better on 23 of 34 routines and hit 34-for-34 with no score under 9.775 … Won the all-around with a career-high-tying 39.7 and bars and beam with 9.95s at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional … Won beam and placed second in the all-around at the Pac-12 Championships … Earned a career-high 39.7 and won vault (9.95) and bars (9.975) on Mar. 16 … Won the all-around in her season debut at Michigan, scoring a then-career-high 39.65 … Won each event in which she competed vs. Stanford, winning vault, bars and beam … Scored her first career perfect 10 on bars vs. ASU Feb. 8 … Limited in competition earlier in the year due to a stress reaction in her heel, sitting out two meets … Versus Florida, won beam with a 9.925 and scored 9.85 on vault and 9.875 on bars in her first competition since 2012.

Redshirted the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in December … NACGC/W Scholastic All-American for the third consecutive year … USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 as a member of the 2007 Women's World Championships Team.

First-team All-American on beam (seventh place) and second-team on uneven bars … Scored career-highs in the all-around (39.675) and beam (9.95) in the NCAA Super Six Team Finals … Hit 43 of her 46 routines, with 41 of those routines scoring 9.825 or higher … Led UCLA with 15 individual wins, including six on beam and five in the all-around … Averaged 9.888 on vault, 9.756 on bars, 9.845 on beam and 9.815 on floor … Scored career-highs in the all-around (39.6) and on vault (9.95) at the NCAA Regionals … Earned career-highs on beam (9.925) and floor (9.95) vs. Oklahoma on Mar. 11 … Twice earned Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honors … Second-team All-Pac-12 on beam … Second-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection … NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.

Won the NCAA balance beam championship with a career-best mark of 9.9 … At the NCAA Event Finals, she became the first gymnast to do a standing full on balance beam in collegiate competition … NACGC/W Scholastic All-American … First-team All-American on beam and second-team All-American on vault … Scored a career-high 9.9 on vault at the NCAA Team Finals … Had three uneven bars wins in nine meets … Posted 9.8+ scores in 20 of 22 routines … Tied for second on beam at NCAA Regionals with a 9.85 and tied her season-high on vault with a 9.875 … Made her collegiate debut at the IGI/Chicago Style on Feb. 11 after sitting out the first month of the season with a foot fracture … Scored 9.9 on bars in her first routine of the year to tie for first place and earned Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors for that performance.

Member of the U.S. team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2007 U.S. squads that won gold medals at the World Championships and Pan American Games … Member of the USA National Team since 2004 … In 2009, placed second on beam at the Visa Championships and placed second on vault at the CoverGirl Classic … Finished fourth at both the Visa Championships and Olympic Team Trials in 2008 … Won the bronze medal in the all-around at the 2008 Tyson American Cup … In her first year of competition at the senior level in 2007, placed seventh in the all-around at the national championships … Won vault and floor at the USA vs. Great Britain international competition in 2007 … Named the 2007 TOPs Athlete of the Year … Third in the all-around and second on vault at the 2006 Visa Junior Championships … Vault and floor champion and beam and all-around runner-up at the 2006 U.S. Classic … Seventh in the all-around, first on vault and second on floor at the 2005 Visa Championships … Eighth in the all-around and third on vault at the 2004 Visa Championships … Trained at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy under Marvin Sharp and at DeVeau's School of Gymnastics under Peter Zhao.

In her third year hosting a weekly gymnastics interview series on uclabruins.com and also has broadcasting experience doing color commentary for USA Gymnastics events … Lists her biggest athletic thrill as winning a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games … Admires quarterback Peyton Manning and the whole Indianapolis Colts team … Favorite apparatus is balance beam … Parents Ed and Luan were both athletes at the University of Illinois … Father Ed was a wrestler and hockey player, and mother Luan was a gymnast and is now the Vice President of the women's program at USA Gymnastics … Has a younger sister, Jessica, who is a sophomore gymnast at Western Michigan … Full name is Samantha Nicole Peszek … Born December 14, 1991 in Indianapolis, Ind. … Communications Studies major.

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