UCLA vs. Stanford - Jan. 15, 2007. Photos by Don Liebig, UCLA Photography
UCLA vs. Washington - Jan. 6, 2007 (Photos by Don Liebig, UCLA Photography)
Photo shoot for the 2007 UCLA Gymnastics Poster
2007 - Provided much-needed depth to an injury-riddled squad ... Stepped in unexpectedly for an injured Ariana Berlin on floor and beam at Alabama Mar. 9 and recorded a season-best 9.625 on floor ... Earned a career-high 9.725 on beam and scored a 9.6 on bars and 9.325 on floor in her first competitive routines of the season on those events at Denver on Feb. 10 ... Recorded a season-high on uneven bars on Feb. 25, earning a 9.75 to help the Bruins along to a national season-best 49.7 on the event ... Competed on bars in nine of the last 10 meets and has scored 9.7 or higher five times ... Competed on vault in four of the first five meets, with a high of 9.8 set on Jan. 19 at Cal State Fullerton.
University of Iowa - Scored career-highs of 9.875 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.6 on beam, 9.85 on floor and 38.975 in all-around before suffering a season-ending injury in March of her freshman season ... Won three vault titles and one floor title in 2005 ... Awarded as the team's Most Improved Freshman ... Competed on uneven bars in every meet in 2006.
Club - Won floor and bars at the 2004 Level 10 state championships ... Finished first on vault, bars and floor at 2003 Level 10 State Championships ... Crowned all-around champion at the 2001 Level 9 state meet and at the 1999 Level 8 regional meet ... Trained at SCEGA under coaches Tim Garrison, Meredith Paulicivic and Kathy Straite ... High marks were 9.6 on floor, 9.575 on vault, 9.45 on bars and 9.3 on beam.
Personal - Lists her biggest athletic thrill so far in her career as doing her first vault in competition after tearing her ACL ... Hobbies include shopping and scrapbooking ... Favorite apparatus is the uneven bars ... Full name is Natalie Jean Padilla ... Parents: Charlie and Leslie Padilla ... Has two younger sisters, Becky and Jamie ... Has three cousins who attended UCLA ... Born May 8, 1986 in San Diego, CA ... Psychology major who has career aspirations in public relations.
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