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Player Profiles

Jaida                              Lawrence
Class: Jr.
Hometown: Rocky Hill, Conn.
Height: 5-4
Sport: Gymnastics
Position: AA


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.
At West Virginia in 2014
• 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
At West Virginia in 2013
• 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
• 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

Jaida Lawrence’s Career Highs
Vault                            9.925   at The Perfect 10 Challenge (Oklahoma City, Okla.)            2/21/14
Uneven Bars               9.8       vs. Iowa State 2/10/13
Floor Exercise             9.75     at Pitt   1/11/13

Jaida Lawrence’s Career Statistics
Year    Meets  AA       Total Points
2014    11        0          195.075
2013    12        0          253.175
Totals  23        0          448.25

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