"I have never been so proud to be part of something as I am to be a part of GW Gymnastics. Each member of the team is able to achieve something unique in this program, and I believe it is the courage to allow ourselves to be confident in all that we do. As a senior, it is extremely refreshing and exciting to know that my experience with GW Gymnastics will leave me well prepared for everything I want to accomplish in my life. I truly feel privileged to be in a place where I've learned the real meaning of setting high standards for myself and not being afraid to accomplish more than I'm already capable of. Having the opportunity to compete for GW and earn a great education not only influences who I am today, but who I want to be- and I look forward to using everything I've gained here in pursuing all of my future endeavors."
As a Junior in 2008 Competed in every meet on vault, as well as seven meets on balance beam...Recorded a career-high 9.950 at Pittsburgh (2/24) and recorded at least a 9.725 in every meet of the season..Recorded six scores of 9.800 or better throughout the season...Registered a season-high 9.700 on beam, also at Pittsburgh (2/24)...Was named EAGL Specialist of the Week (2/25)...Named First-Team All-EAGL on Vault..Named co-captain for 2009 season along with Bree Plotsker at annual end of the season banquet.
As a Sophomore in 2007 Exactly a year after recording a 9.9 on the vault, she did the same in a home meet vs. James Madison on 2/26 ... averaged a 9.688 on the vault for the season, the highest average for a Colonial on any event for the season ... recorded a 9.8 or better on vault in four of 12 meets ... also saw spot-time on the beam and floor exercise.
As a Freshman in 2006 - A key performer as a freshman she performed on vault and beam in all 13 meets ... set a season high 9.900 on the vault at North Carolina on 2/26, which tied her for second on GW's all-time vault record list ... scored a 9.600 or better on the vault in twelve out of thirteen meets ... set a season high 9.725 on the beam at home against Towson on 3/1 and at Maryland on 3/7 ... also competed on floor in two meets, setting a best of 9.550 at West Virginia on 2/5 ... second team all-conference on vault.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Competed at Gymnastics, Inc. under coaches Lauren Foxworth and Ric Wagner ... as a senior, was a regional qualifier and the Level 10 state champion in the floor exercise ... also was a Level 9 regional qualifier her sophomore and freshman seasons ... in the classroom, member of the National French Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
PERSONAL: Born Kristen Ashley Simpson in Myrtle Beach, SC ... daughter of Tamara Cousins and Thomas Simpson ... has a younger sister, Katie ... international business major.
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