NITTANY LION BIOS
FAVIAN VALDEZ Kearny, N.J. KEARNY FRESHMAN • AA • 5-6 Gymnastics Background Prepped at Kearny High School and trained at the United States Gymnastics Development Center II where he was named captain for the 2015-2016 seasons … Is a seven-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier, a five-time All-Around Regional champion and all-around state champion, a four-time Future Stars National Developmental Team Member, a three-time Junior Olympic National Team Member and a two-time All-Around Future Stars National Champion … Was the 2015 Junior Elite Pommel Horse National Champion and the 2014 Junior Olympic All-Around and Vault National Champion …Won the Region 7 Junior Elite Championship in the all-around and on the floor exercise … Clinched the pommel horse title and finished second in the allaround and on the parallel bars at the 2015 Junior Elite National Championship … Earned the all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars title at the 2015 New Jersey Junior Elite Championship, while finishing second on the floor exercise and vault and third on the high bar … Competed in the all-around at the 2015 P&G National Championship … Was the 2014 Junior Olympic National Champion in the all-around and on the vault, while finishing second on the pommel horse and high bar … Garnered the Region 7 Junior Olympic Championship in the all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars and finished second on the still rings and vault …
Won the all-around and floor exercise at the Region 7 Junior Elite Championship and the New Jersey Junior Elite Championship in 2013 … Also picked up a first-place finish on the high bar at the Region 7 Junior Elite Championship and a gold medal on the vault and parallel bars at the New Jersey Junior Elite Championship … Clinched the all-around title at the National Future Stars Championship two times, while earning a first place finish on the pommel horse in 2008 and 2010, the vault in 2007 and 2010, the parallel bars in 2008 and 2009 and the still rings in 2009 … Became the youngest national competitor at age 10 when he competed as a level nine gymnast at the Junior National Championships in the all-around … Earned 54 first-place finishes from 2007-15 in events across the country as a level six-10 gymnast … Helped his team to a second-place finish at the 2012 nationals. Personal Full name is Favian Omar Valdez … Born Oct. 8, 1997 … Son of Fernando and Magdalena Valdez … Has two sisters, Kiani and Veronica …. Plans to major in recreational park and tourism management.
SAM ZAKUTNEY Ottawa, Ontario, Canada E.S.C. Franco Cite FRESHMAN • AA • 5-6 Gymnastics Background Prepped at E.S.C. Franco Cite … Trained at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre and was a four-time Elite Canada all-around champion and three-time all-around national champion ... Named 2016 Male Gymnast of the Year for Ottawa Gymnastics Centre … Earned a silver medal on the parallel bars and a bronze medal on the high bar for Canada Elite at the Canadian National Championships in 2016 … Was a 2016 Olympic Test Event Participant and a member of the senior national team … Helped Team Ontario to a gold medal at the Canada Games and earned an individual medal on the parallel bars in 2015 … Captured the silver medal in the high bar and bronze medal in the all-around at the 2015 Canadian National Championships ... Earned gold in the vault and parallel bars and bronze in the allaround in the 2014 championships … 24
PENN STATE 2016 • MEN’S GYMNASTICS
Traveled the world representing Canada including: Berlin, where he placed third in three events, Brazil for the Junior Pan-American Championships and Japan for the 2015 Junior Japan International Gymnastics Competition … Helped Canada to a bronze finish at the Junior Pan-American Championships and nabbed an 11thplace finish in the all-around and a bronze medal on the high bar in Japan … Received the Ottawa Sports Award for best artistic gymnast three times … Has won 11 gold medals in his time competing on the Canadian National Team. Personal Full name is Samuel Adam Zakutney … Born Oct. 6, 1998 … Son of Timothy and Lise Zakutney … Has two sisters, Alexandra and Sydney … Plans to major in biomedical engineering.
Published on Jan 9, 2017