It is the first career award for the Romeo, Mich., native.
FRESHMAN | 2014: Competed on the floor exercise during the final seven team competitions...posted a career-best 9.850 to tie for first during the meet with #21 Arizona...that score was ranked first on the team in 2014 and helped the Falcons' to their highest team score in seven years...also claimed a first-place finish on the floor against Eastern Michigan (9.800)...competed on the uneven bars four times, recording a career-best 9.825 at New Hampshire...that score was ranked second on the team...named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week on March 18.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Romeo High School...member of the National Honor Society...maintained a 3.5 GPA all four years...competed at the club level for Olympia Gymnastics Academy...coached by Lori Koch and Deanna Sigler...Level 10 national competitor in 2013...Level 10 regional competitor in 2012...state and regional Level 9 champion in 2010...two-time Level 9 national competitor (2009-10).
PERSONAL: Full name is Kara AnnMarie Witgen...daughter of David and Beth Witgen...father was an All-American wrestler at Olivet College...has one older brother, Kyle, who is a senior on the Olivet wrestling team...majoring in behavioral sciences...future plans include working in the intelligence field...served as a Coach for the freshmen...earned Jump wings in the summer of 2014...hobbies include any outdoor physical activities, watching movies and beanbag tournaments with the family and friends...favorite event is the floor exercise, because while "it's hard to pick a favorite, I like tumbling and feel like I can perform my skills as well as I can and leave everything out on the floor. It is a tiring and a hard event to compete, but I feel like it is very rewarding when I compete to the best of my ability"...completed Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) and Jump over the summer...also traveled home during leave...member of Cadet Squadron 30.