Kara Witgen
 
Kara  Witgen

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Romeo, Mich.

High School:
Romeo

Height:
5-1

Event:
All-Around

Club:
Olympia Gymnastics Academy

03/18/2014

Kara Witgen Named MPSF Newcomer of the Week

It is the first career award for the Romeo, Mich., native.

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015: USAG All-American on the floor exercise and all-around...earned first-team status on both events, after finishing fifth in the all-around (38.550) and tying for eighth on the floor exercise (9.800)...competed in the all-around during every team competition...NCAA Regional participant in the all-around (37.550, 13th)...scored a career-best 38.700 in the home finale against Alaska-Anchorage and Denver...that score was tied for the top mark on the team...also tallied a career-best, team-leading mark of 9.825 on the uneven bars during that meet...posted a career-high 9.625 on the vault during four meets (at Auburn, at Illinois State, at Denver, at USAG Qualifier)...scored a season-best 9.825 on the floor exercise at Arizona State and again at the USAG Qualifier)...scored a season-high 9.750 on the balance beam in the home opener against Seattle Pacific...won the floor exercise (9.800) and all-around (38.500) against Texas Woman's University...also shared the floor title at Seattle Pacific (9.775)...named a MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 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 former wrestler at Olivet...majoring in behavioral sciences...future plans include working in the personnel, space, acquisitions or intelligence fields...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"...traveled to Portugal with the Academy's Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program...also traveled to Barksdale AFB, La., for Operation Air Force...member of Cadet Squadron 35.

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