2009 First Team All-American (VT)
JUNIOR SEASON (2010)
Schwitkis was forced to end her gymnastics career after her sophomore season because of a nagging back injury ... Will remain in the gymnastics program but will serve in a student-managerial role.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009)
Earned the first All-America honors of her career when she became a First Team All-American on vault by scoring a career-high tying 9.90 at the NCAA Championship Prelims (4/16) ... Competed in the NCAA Individual Event Finals on vault where she finished 10th with a combined score of 9.6813 (9.7875 first vault, 9.5750 second) ... Outstanding on vault all season and competed on vault and bars in every meet ... Saw limited action on beam and floor and competed four times in the all-around ... Had the most successful meet of her career in the tri-meet against North Carolina and Illinois-Chicago (2/20) when she scored a career-high 39.350 in the all-around and scored a 9.80 on vault, 9.875 on bars, 9.825 on beam and 9.85 on floor ... The 9.85 on floor in the tri-meet was a career high ... Set a career high on beam with back-to-back 9.85’s against NC State (3/7) and Centenary (3/13) ... Had a string of eight meets with at least a 9.825 or higher on bars, including a 9.85 at the SEC Championship (3/21) and NCAA Central Regional (4/4) ... Scored less than a 9.80 only once all season on vault as she racked up 14 scores of 9.80 or higher ... A superb vaulter, she finished with the third-highest average on the team with a 9.827 in the event ... Besides her 39.350 career high in the all-around, she also posted two other marks above 39.000 as she scored a team-leading 39.175 against Arkansas (2/27) and a 39.250 versus NC State (3/7) ... Had a high-scoring night at Centenary where she scored a 9.85 on vault, bars and beam ... Earned one individual title during the season with a 9.875 on bars against Arkansas ... Up to four career individual titles, all on bars.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008)
Proved to be a solid competitor for the Tigers on the vault and bars this season ... Hit all 29 of her competitive routines as a freshman, not scoring below a 9.725 in any event in any outing ... Had her best outing against Auburn and West Virginia (2/8), scoring a 9.825 on the vault and a 9.875 on the bars ... Matched those exact scores in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships (4/24) ... At the Super Six (4/25), notched a 9.800 on the vault and a 9.850 on the bars ... Had a stellar meet at the NCAA Central Regionals, posting a career high 9.900 on the vault and a 9.775 on the bars ... Notched a 9.800 on the vault in her only event at the SEC Championships (3/29) ... Scored a career-high on the bars in back-to-back meets -- against Kentucky (2/1 - 9.850) and against Auburn and West Virginia (2/8 -- 9.875), until surpassing her career-high against Michigan State (2/29 - 9.950) ... Posted a 9.875 on the vault against Alabama (2/22) ... Posted a 9.875 on the vault at N.C. State as well (3/14) ... Scored a 9.850 on the vault at the Cancun Classic (1/4) ... Matched that score on the vault against Florida (2/15) ... Averaged a 9.830 on the vault and a 9.842 on the bars for the season.
Coached by Kathy Strate, Tim Garrison and Meredith Paulicivic at SCEGA ... A three-time Level 10 national qualifier ... She won the bars and finished third on the vault and sixth on the floor at the 2005 national championships ... The following year, placed second on the vault and fifth on the floor at the 2006 national meet ... Also a two-time state and regional champion that claimed titles in 2005 and 2006 ... Attended Scripps Ranch High School.
Full name is Staci Christine Schwitkis ... Daughter of Warren and Karen Schwitkis ... Born July 11, 1989 ... Has two younger sisters, Heather and Torrey ... A pre-med major.
SCHWITKIS’ CAREER HIGHS
Vault: 9.900 (2 times; last: 4-16-09 at NCAA Championship Prelims)
Bars: 9.950 (2-29-08 vs. Michigan State)
Beam: 9.850 (2 times; last: 3-13-09 at Centenary)
Floor: 9.850 (2-20-09 vs. UNC/Illinois-Chicago)
All-Around: 39.350 (2-20-09 vs. UNC/Illinois-Chicago)
SCHWITKIS’ CAREER INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Name: Staci Schwitkis
After College I want to: become a nurse
My hobbies are: wakeboarding, snowboarding and surfing
Something I’ve done that most people don’t know is: I’ve worn an ankle bracelet for the past five years.
Who inspires you: My parents
The TV show I never miss is: The Girls Next Door.
My favorite sporting event to watch is: Soccer.
My biggest pet peeve is: when people mess up my room.
The best advice I ever received is: “Go for the gold!”
My favorite place on LSU campus is: my room.
Before a meet I have to: pray and visualize my routines.
My craziest teammate is? Susan.
The most dramatic teammate is? Ashleigh Clare- Kearney.
The most superstitious on the team? Ashleigh Clare- Kearney.
Who is the biggest prankster on the team? Susan
Most likely to do any dare? Staci
What I miss most about LSU when I leave: my teammates