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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 … contributed to team’s success in first two seasons … commands attention on floor … strongest on floor and vault … working to upgrade skills on bars ... responds well to coaches’ instructions … brings international experience, as she competed for Jamaica at the World Championships … continues to improve … possesses an array of skills that gives the coaching staff a lot of strong lineup possibilities … calm competitor.

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
  • Enrolled 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
2013 12 0 253.175
2014 11 0 195.075
Totals 23 0 448.25
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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