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Jaida Lawrence

Jaida
Lawrence
AA


Height: 5-4
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Rocky Hill, Conn.
HS/Last School: Rocky Hill High

Bio

Powerful gymnast … nationally ranked vaulter … one of the top vaulters in the Big 12 Conference … consistency level on vault is unmatched on team … has scored below 9.825 on vault only 10 times in three seasons … brings a positive outlook to Cary Gym each day … works hard to set example for underclassmen … contributed to team’s success in first three seasons … commands attention on floor … should contribute to bar lineup early in season ... responds well to coaches’ instructions … sets the team academic standard … brings international experience, as she competed for Jamaica at the World Championships … possesses an array of skills that gives the coaching staff a lot of strong lineup possibilities … calm competitor.
 
2015 (Jr.)
• NACGC/W Scholastic All-America
• Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics First Team
• Competed on vault in all 12 meets and also saw time on floor in four competitions
• Earned 156.5 points, pushing her past the career 500-point threshold
• Earned four wins on vault and pushed team-best career victory total to 13; ranked fourth on team with seven podium finishes
• Did not drop a score on vault in 12 meets
• Scored below 9.8 on vault just three times
• Opened season with a third-place finish on vault at Maryland (1/9), scoring 9.8
• Tallied 9.9 on vault at No. 15 Ohio State with No. 5 Michigan (1/17), and finished in second place
• Won vault in home opener against No. 23 Iowa State and No. 25 George Washington (1/25) with a 9.875 score
• Scored 9.9 on vault at NC State (1/31) for the outright event win
• Earned a season-high 9.7 on floor at New Hampshire (2/8)
• Finished second on vault with a 9.85 score against No. 18 Denver (2/13)
• Scored 9.825 on vault in home quad-meet with New Hampshire, Maryland and Rutgers (2/22) and tied for first place
• Tied for the win on vault with a 9.85 score against Penn and Cornell (3/14)
• Finished fourth on vault at the 2015 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship (3/21) with a 9.85 mark
• Paced the Mountaineers with a 9.827 vault season average
 
2014 (So.)
• NACGC/W Scholastic All-America
• Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics First Team
• Competed in all 11 meets, eight as a two-event specialist, and earned 195.075 points
• Earned five podium finishes, including three vault victories
• Did not drop a score all season
• Won vault outright in team’s season opener at No. 21 Kentucky (1/10) with a 9.85 score
• Captured first on vault at Iowa State (2/7) with a 9.875 score
• Scored vault win against Pitt (2/14) with a 9.85
• Finished fourth on vault at The Perfect 10 Challenge (2/12) with a career-high 9.925 showing, the fourth-best mark in program history
• Tied for third on vault in win over No. 22 Ohio State (3/2) with a 9.825 showing
• Finished year ranked No. 14 in the Southeast Region, No. 8 in the Big 12, on vault with a 9.855 RQS
• Vault season average of 9.814 ranked No. 2 on team; also owned season average of 9.678 on bars
 
2013 (Fr.)
• First Mountaineer named to the All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team (vault)
• NACGC/W Scholastic All-America
• Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team
• Two-time Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week
• Competed in all 12 meets, 11 as a multi-event athlete, and tallied 253.175 points
• Earned eight podium finishes on vault and scored below 9.85 only twice
• Finished second on bars in Mountaineer debut at Pitt (1/11) with a 9.775 mark; also tallied a season-best 9.75 on floor
• Earned first Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor for her efforts at Pitt
• Earned her first collegiate victory with a 9.875 vault showing at NC State (1/25)
• Tied for first on vault in Coliseum career debut vs. Oklahoma (2/1) with a career-best 9.9
• Tallied third straight vault victory with a 9.875 showing against Iowa State (2/10); also scored a career-best 9.8 on bars
• Matched her career-best vault score of 9.9 at Maryland (2/17) and finished second
• Scored a career-best 9.9 on vault in consecutive weeks and finished tied for second vs. Michigan (2/24)
• Finished first on vault vs. Denver (3/3) with a 9.875 score
• Scored a winning 9.875 on vault in consecutive weeks, taking first at George Washington (3/10)
• Earned sixth vault victory of the season with a career-best 9.9 showing against Maryland (3/15)
• Earned final Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor of the year for her regular-season finale efforts
• Ranked No. 43 nationally, No. 9 in the Southeast region and No. 5 in the Big 12 on vault with a 9.89 RQS
• Paced team on vault with a 9.863 season average
• Also owned season averages of 9.692 on floor and 9.614 on bars, and a 9.715 RQS on bars  
 
Club Gymnastics
• Competed for Maureen Chagnon and Blane Jefferson at New England Gymnastics Express
• Member of the 2011 Jamaican World Team
• Competed at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo
• Five-time (2008-12) level 10 Junior Olympics qualifier
• 2012 level 10 state champion
 
Personal
• Daughter of Dwight and Mia Lawrence
• Has one brother
• Birthday is February 22
• Attended Rocky Hill High
• Majoring in speech pathology and audiology  
• President’s List
• Dean’s List
• Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
• Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll
 


Stats

Year Meets AA Total Points
2016 5 0 58.45
2015 12 0 156.5
2014 11 0 195.075
2013 12 0 253.175
Totals 40 0 663.2
 
 
Career Highs
Vault 9.925 at The Perfect 10 Challenge (Oklahoma City) (2/21/14)
Uneven Bars 9.8 vs. Iowa State (2/10/13)
Floor Exercise 9.75 at Pitt (1/11/13)


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