2008 - Had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee just before the season started but made a quick recovery to compete for the first time on Feb. 24 against Utah ... Scored 9.85 on uneven bars in her first routine to tie for fourth place ... Scored 9.825 the following week against Oregon State and again at Regionals ... Earned 9.8 at Georgia Mar. 15 ... Scored a season-best 9.875 at the NCAA Championships.
Club - Has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Great Britain ... Competed for Great Britain at the 2006 European Championships and the 2005 World Championships ... Placed 20th in the all-around at the World Championships ... Won silver medals on bars and in the team competition at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and placed fifth in the all-around ... Helped Heathrow win the 2006 British Team Championship after placing first on two of the three events in which she competed ... Member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2003 ... Qualified for the 2004 U.S. Championships after a fifth-place all-around finish at the American Classic ... Won a bronze medal on floor exercise at the 2004 American Classic ... Has a skill named after her in the International Code of Points on the uneven bars - a release move called the "Church" (toe-on piked Tkatchev) ... Trained at Waller's GymJam Academy under coach Chris Waller.
Personal - Describes making the World Championships team as her biggest athletic thrill ... Loves to read books ... Favorite apparatus is the uneven bars ... Full name is Shavahn Nikole Church ... Parents: Raymond and Mandy Church ... Has two sisters, Carley and Jade ... Born May 3, 1989 in Van Nuys, CA ... Undeclared major.