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Sophina DeJesus
Height: 5'1"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
High School: Temecula Valley HS
Club: SCEGA

2013
Second-team All-American on uneven bars … Hit 34 of 36 routines without a fall … Had one of her best overall meets at the NCAA Regional, scoring 9.85 on bars and floor and a career-high 9.9 on beam to tie for third … Followed it up with a stellar performance at the NCAA semifinals, tying her career-high on bars with a 9.9 and scoring 9.825 on beam and 9.875 on floor … Three of her four uneven bars routines in the postseason scored a career-high 9.9 … Scored career-highs of 9.875 on beam to tie for second and 9.9 on floor to tie for third vs. Arkansas … Earned a second-place finish on bars at Alabama with a 9.85 and placed fourth with a 9.85 on beam … Sat out the Feb. 10 and Feb. 16 meets due to a concussion but returned on Feb. 22 at Oklahoma to score 9.875s on beam and floor and 9.85 on bars … Scored 9.825 or better on each of her three events at Stanford - 9.825 on bars and 9.85 on beam and floor … Placed first or second on every event in which she competed at ASU on Jan. 25, tying for first on beam with a career-high 9.875 and tying for second on bars (9.8) and floor (career-high-tying 9.875) … Twice earned Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors (1/29 and 1/8) … Scored 9.8 or better on all three events on which she competed in the season opener, tying for first on bars (9.9), tying for third on beam (9.8) and placing fifth on floor (9.825).

Club
2009 U.S. National Team member … Three-time USA Championships qualifier … Top finish at the USA Championships came in 2009, when she placed ninth in the all-around and on bars and fourth on beam … Placed 14th in the all-around and ninth on beam at the 2008 Championships … Represented the U.S. at the Junior Japan International in 2009 and won gold on floor and finished fourth in the all-around … Fifth in the all-around and third on bars at the 2009 American Classic … Competed at the 2010 U.S. CoverGirl Classic … Level 10 State champion in the all-around and bars in 2007 … Won the uneven bars at the 2012 SCEGA California Classic, competing as a Level 10 … Trained at SCEGA under coaches Kathy Strate Meredith Paulicivic and Luis Garcia.

Personal
Former professional dancer and actress … Acted and danced on the TV show Hip Hop Harry … Twice went on tour with Macy's Passport and appeared in a Missy Elliott video and a Disney video … Has been on several talk shows, including Ellen, Maury and Tom Joyner … Did several commercials and a Broadway play with Debbie Allen … Her dance crew Mix 5 took first place at Hip Hop International … Choreographed for an award-winning varsity high school dance team … Other hobbies include ice skating and rock climbing … Full name is Sophina Saáde DeJesus … Parents: Jerry and Maria DeJesus … Has four siblings, brothers Izaia and Jerry and sisters Angelica and Savannah … Acted with Savannah on Hip Hop Harry … Born October 6, 1994 in San Jose, Calif. … Biology major.

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