2013 First-Team All-American (VT)
2013 SEC Specialist of the Week (at Metroplex Challenge)
Returning First-Team All-American on vault … Outstanding vaulter and floor exercise performer who provides consistency on both events … Heads into her senior campaign in top form after a stellar junior season.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013)
Earned First-Team All-America honors on vault after scoring a 9.90 at the NCAA Championships Semifinal I (4/19) … Finished 13th nationally on vault with a 9.8667 score at the NCAA Individual Event Finals (4/21) … Captured one event title on the season with a career-high 9.925 on vault at Auburn (2/22) … Received SEC Specialist of the Week honors after she posted 9.90’s on vault and floor at the Metroplex Challenge (1/26), helping LSU record a 197.100 team score, the first time the Tigers tallied a 197 score since 2010 … Registered a season-high 9.90 on floor five times, including at the NCAA Super Six Finals (4/20) … Earned two 9.90’s on vault – at Metroplex and at the NCAA semifinal – to go along with the career-high 9.925 at Auburn … Showed off consistency all season on both vault and floor, averaging a 9.849 on vault and a 9.829 on floor for the year … Recorded 19 scores of 9.80 or better in 25 total routines with 9 of 11 coming on vault and 10 of 14 on floor … Ranked third on the team on floor with a 9.829 average and helped spearhead a vaulting unit that ranked No. 1 as a team at season’s end.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012)
A strong competitor who was a vital contributor to the team’s success on vault and floor … Battled a foot injury early in the season that kept her out of the floor lineup for the first four meets of the season and out of the Cancun Classic altogether … Ranked second on the team with a 9.814 vault average … Posted season highs of 9.875 on vault at Washington (2/17) and 9.90 on floor against North Carolina State (3/2) … Earned 14 scores of 9.80 or higher in 21 total performances with eight (out of 11) coming on vault and six (out of 10) on floor … Displayed tremendous consistency throughout the season, especially near the end of the year when she scored a 9.85 on floor and 9.80 on vault in the home finale against West Virginia (3/16), tallied 9.825’s on vault and floor at the SEC Championship (3/24) and posted a 9.85 on floor and 9.825 on vault at the NCAA Seattle Regional (4/7).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011)
One of LSU’s most dynamic performers … Provided outstanding scores and routines on vault, beam and floor … Tied for the nation’s top score on floor as she earned a 9.975 against Georgia (2/18) … Became only the seventh gymnast in school history to score a 9.975 on floor, and that score was the highest of the season for any LSU gymnast on any event … Ranked 19th nationally on floor with a 9.880 regional qualifying score and led the team with a 9.810 season average in the event … Also averaged a 9.808 on vault and a 9.631 on beam … Scored season highs of 9.90 on vault, 9.85 on beam and 9.975 on floor … Managed to score a season-high 9.9 on vault at Alabama (3/11) after overcoming a scratched cornea in her right eye prior to the meet … Narrowly missed All-SEC honors by scoring a 9.875 on vault at the SEC Championship (3/19) in Birmingham … Ranked second on the team in individual titles earned this season with seven – four on floor, two on vault and one on beam … Vault titles came at Auburn (1/14) with a 9.825 and BYU (2/4) with a 9.80 … Captured four floor titles in a row at the Metroplex Challenge (1/29) with a 9.875, vs. BYU with a 9.925, vs. Arkansas (2/11) with a 9.90 and against Georgia with the 9.975 … Beam title came against Arkansas with a 9.85 … Scored a 9.80 or higher in nine of 12 vaults and seven of 12 floor routines ... Posted a 9.90 or higher three times on floor and once on vault.
Competed for Heather Schnelzer and Ryan Snider at Aerial Athletics in San Antonio, Texas … Was a three-time level 10 Junior Olympic National qualifier … Captured the 2010 all-around and vault titles at the regional championships for Region 3 and placed second on bars, beam and floor … Took second in the all-around and third on vault at the 2010 Level 10 Texas State Championships … Won the vault title and finished second in the all-around at the 2009 Region 3 championships … Captured the all-around, vault and bars titles at the 2010 WOGA Classic … Career high club scores of 9.85 on vault and 9.70 on floor … Maintained above a 3.5 GPA in high school.
Full name is Maliah Nicole Mathis … Born June 28, 1992 … Daughter of Carlton and Theresa Mathis … Has one older sister, Tanita, and one older brother, Carlton … Majoring in general studies.
MATHIS’ CAREER HIGHS
Vault: 9.925 (2-22-13 at Auburn)
Beam: 9.850 (2-11-11 vs. Arkansas)
Floor: 9.975 (2-18-11 vs. Georgia)
MATHIS’ CAREER INDIVIDUAL TITLES