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Orley Szmuch
  • 5'-0" Senior
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • ** Four-time All-American **
  Collegiate Bests:
Vault: 9.975 3-21-03
Bars: 9.975 2-15-02
Beam: 9.925 3-5/20-04
Floor: 9.95 2-14-03
AA: 39.725 3-21-03

AS A SENIOR (2005) - Shared third NCAA Regional title of career with teammates Samantha Lutz and Ashley Reed as each turned in UF season-best uneven bars marks of 9.90…also won regional vault titles as a freshman and junior…runner-up in the Alabama dual vault competition with a season-best 9.925…runner-up in Georgia dual all-around with a season-best 39.275…off-season ankle surgery limited floor contributions, but returned to lineup to lead UF with a 9.875 in NCAA Championships team qualifying competition…competed on bars in every meet but one in 2005…won a share of both the vault (9.875) and bars (9.85) titles at Auburn dual, but sprained right ankle during beam dismount…sat out Arkansas dual, but returned to win bars with a season-best 9.90 versus Kentucky…returned to UF balance beam lineup in NCAA Southeast Regional, posting season-best 9.875 to share second overall…second on bars in March 18 triangular (9.875)… finalist for the AAI American Award, which is given annually to the nation's top senior gymnast…selected to Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Good Works Team… named to the 2005 U.S. Maccabiah Games team in November of 2004…will travel to Israel to compete in the Games in July of 2005.

AS A JUNIOR (2004) - Three-time All-American (all-around, vault, balance beam)…earned All-America first-team honors by advancing to the NCAA balance beam (10th/9.75) final…also earned All-America second-team honors in NCAA Session I all-around (t7th/39.325) and vault (t7th/9.875) competition…SEC Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 20 - the third such honor of her collegiate career…top three finisher in six all-around performances in 2004, including wins Jan. 19 and Jan. 23…NCAA South Central Region vault co-champion by matching her season-best 9.95…also runner-up in region all-around with a season-best 39.60 - the second-highest total of her career…All-SEC second team member for her sixth-place finish in the league championships' all-around (39.375)…turned in season-best vault mark (9.95) for the third time in NCAA Super Six competition…third among the Gators with seven event titles…opened Jan. 30 floor exercise routine with a double layout, marking the first time she had competed the skill…missed Master's Classic on Feb. 29 due to the flu…2003-04 female recipient of UF Office of Student Life Community Service Award, which is given to the student-athlete who did the most community service during an academic year.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2003) - Earned All-America second-team honors for the floor exercise in NCAA Championships' team competition…tied for fifth in NCAA Session II team qualifying floor (9.875) competition…SEC Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 11…claimed fifth all-around title of season versus Utah on March 21 with collegiate-best total of 39.725…that total ranks as the third-highest in UF history…led UF with 15 event titles in 2003…finished regular season with the following positions in the national rankings - all-around (12th/39.495), vault (T18/9.905), and floor (T19/9.925)…competed in the all-around in every meet…earned UF season-bests for all-around (39.725) and vault (9.975)...set collegiate-best mark of 9.95 on floor at the Be My Gator night held on Feb. 14...matched season-best beam mark of 9.90 three times.

AS A FRESHMAN (2002) - NCAA Central Region vault champion with a Florida-season best 9.95…also runner-up in the region all-around competition (39.30)…SEC Freshman of the Year, joining former Gator All-American Betsy Hamm (1998) as the only UF gymnasts to earn the league's freshman of the year award…also earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team by tying for second in the league championship's floor competition with a then collegiate-best 9.90…set Florida's season-best marks for vault (9.95), uneven bars (9.975), balance beam (9.90) and all-around (39.50)…SEC Gymnast of the Week selection on Jan. 29…won 10 event titles - three vault and bars, two all-around and beam titles…sprained left ankle warming up for Michigan beam competition and did not perform on that event at UM…also sat out beam and floor at Oklahoma and floor Feb. 15 & 22 and March 1.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA- Grabbed first place in beam with a score of 9.475 and third in uneven bars with a score of 9.675 in the 1999 Junior Olympics National Championships…took first place in the all-around competition at the 1999 Regional Elite…all-around champion of the 2001 Chicago Style IGI…won the vault championship and placed third all-around in the 2001 California Classic…coached by Neil and Patty Jo Resnick and Janine Thompson.

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