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Danusia Francis
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Danusia Francis 1264158
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kenilworth, England
High School: Surbiton HS
Club: Heathrow Gymnastics Club

Career Highlights
Scored a 10.0 on beam 3/16/14
Three-time All-American
2013 NACGC/W Scholastic All-American
Competed at two World Championships - 2015 for Jamaica and 2011 for Great Britain
2008 Great Britain Olympic Team reserve
2010, 2011 British beam champion

Best Marks
UB - 9.925, 2/1/15
BB - 10.0, 3/16/14
FX - 9.950, 2/21/15

2015
Competed at the 2015 World Championships for Jamaica and hit all four of her routines to finish with an all-around score of 51.999, earning Jamaica a qualifying spot at the Olympic test event … First-team NACGC/W Regular Season All-American and All-Pac-12 on beam … Second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honoree … Hit 35 consecutive routines and 95 of her 97 routines in her career … Scored 9.775 or better on every routine since Jan. 19 … Scored 9.95 on beam in four of her last seven meets … Seven leadoff scores on bars were 9.875 or higher, including a career-high 9.925 vs. Cal … Tied for first on beam (9.95) and second on floor (9.9) at NCAA Regionals … Placed second on beam (9.9) and third on bars (9.875) at Arkansas … Tied for first on beam with a 9.95 (her fourth beam win in five meets) vs. Stanford Mar. 7 … Won beam with a 9.95 and placed third on bars with a 9.875 at ASU … Earned two 9.95s (beam to tie for second place and floor to tie for first with a career-high score) and a 9.9 (bars to tie for second) at the Feb. 21 quad meet … Claimed first place on beam (9.875) at Stanford … Won beam with a 9.925, placed second on floor with a 9.9 and tied for third on bars with a 9.85 vs. Washington … Won floor for the first time in her career, scoring 9.925 against Arizona, and also placed second on beam with a 9.925.

2014
Made history twice in 2014, first by becoming the first gymnast to do a sideways side aerial to a layout full dismount off the side of the beam and then by scoring UCLA’s eighth perfect 10 on beam on Mar. 16 … First-team Regular Season All-American and All-Pac-12 on beam … Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic … Ranked No. 4 in the nation on beam to end the regular season … Has hit all 60 of her routines in team competition over her career, including all 29 in 2014 … Averaged 9.898 on beam and scored 9.9 or higher eight times … Had four beam victories, winning vs. OSU, at Utah, at Arizona and in the team’s home finale Mar. 16 … Scored career-highs of 9.9 on bars and floor at NCAA Regionals … Named Pac-12 Specialist of the Week Mar. 18 after scoring her 10 on beam … Averaged 9.840 on bars while competing as the leadoff with a season-high of 9.9 … Missed two meets due to illness and returned on Feb. 22 vs. Stanford to tie for first on bars and place second on beam (9.925).

2013
First-team All-American on beam and placed eighth at the event finals, where she became the first collegiate gymnast ever to successfully perform a sideways aerial on beam … Second-team regular season All-American and All-Pac-12 on beam … NACGC/W Scholastic All-American … Hit all 31 of her routines in team competition … Finished the regular season ranked 16th in the nation on beam and held a team-best season average of 9.82 … Earned Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honors after winning beam with a career-high tying 9.925 at Stanford … Placed in the Top 3 on beam in nine meets, with a team-best six victories … Won beam with a career-high of 9.95 vs. Arkansas … Led off on bars with a career-high 9.875 on Mar. 10 … Set then-career-highs on bars (9.8) and floor (9.8) at Oklahoma … Tied for first on beam with a 9.875, matched her season-high on bars with a 9.775 and made her competitive debut on floor, scoring 9.725 on Feb. 10 … Tied for first on beam with a 9.875 at ASU Jan. 25 and scored 9.75 on bars … Moved to the anchor spot on beam vs. Utah and responded with a first-place score of 9.925 … Scored 9.775 on bars (t-7th) and 9.8 on beam (t-3rd) in her collegiate debut vs. Southern Utah.

Club
Competed for Great Britain at the 2013 World University Games and finished sixth on floor exercise … Reserve for Great Britain's 2012 Olympic team … Competed at the 2011 World Championships, helping Great Britain achieve a best-ever fifth-place finish and a full team qualification for the 2012 Olympics … Beam champion and all-around runner-up at the 2011 British Championships … Finished 16th in the all-around at the 2011 European Championships … Won both the beam and floor titles and was third in the all-around at the 2010 British Championships and was third in the all-around … British junior champion on bars and floor and a silver medalist in the all-around and on beam in 2009 … Trained at Heathrow Gymnastics under coaches Vince and Michele Walduck and Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis.

Personal
Favorite apparatus is balance beam … Admires track and field star Usain Bolt … Lists her biggest thrill as qualifying a team for the Olympics at the 2011 World Championships … Hobbies include shopping and baking … Full name is Danusia May Francis … Mother: Wanda Tebby … Has two brothers, Joe and Yan, and a sister, Leah … Born in Coventry, England … English major who has a career objective of being a TV presenter.

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