UCLA introduced its 2012 Gymnastics Team at its Meet the Team event on Dec. 11, 2011 (Photos by Jeff Sipsey)
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 this season, with 41 of those routines scoring 9.825 or higher ... Led UCLA with 15 individual victories, including six on beam and five in the all-around ... Ranked ninth nationally on beam ... 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 for the second consecutive year.
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 ... Scored a season-high 9.875 on beam at Pac-10s ... At Cal State Fullerton, earned career-highs on vault (9.875) and beam (9.8) and won bars with a 9.9 ... Debuted on vault (9.825) and beam (9.25) and also competed on bars (9.825) on Mar. 6 ... Won bars with a career-high 9.925 on Feb. 27 and is averaging a team-best 9.883 ... Scored 9.825 on bars in her first home meet Feb. 21 vs. NC State ... 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, earned a seventh-place finish in the all-around at the national championships ... Won the 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 Championships (junior division) ... 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 ... Placed 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.
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 Publications Director at USA Gymnastics ... Has a younger sister, Jessica, who is a Level 10 gymnast ... Full name is Samantha Nicole Peszek ... Born December 14, 1991 in Indianapolis, IN ... Communications Studies major.