Lida Gehlen
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sun City, Calif.

High School:
Woodcrest Christian School '06

Height:
5-6

Event:
AA

Major:
Animal Biology

2009: Earned ALL-MPSF on bars, leading conference with 9.800 RQS... Competed almost exclusively on bars, scoring season-best 9.860 twice: at Seattle Pacific and in Sac State/BGSU/New Hampshire quad meet... Also hit 9.800 marks in opener at Cal and in home triangular with Stanford and San Jose State... Narrowly missed NCAA West Regional berth, slipping behind Cal's Bridgette Glass (9.810) for individual nod in season's final weeks... Competed in three events at Stanford, scoring season bests of 9.450 on vault, 9.325 on floor... Garnered MPSF All-Academic honors.

2008: MPSF CHAMPION on uneven bars, scoring 9.900 at conference meet... ALL-MPSF in that event, leading conference with 9.835 RQS... Became third Aggie in school history (after Ericka Ruelas and Amber Weddell) to eclipse 9.900 barrier... Finished T3rd (9.850) at NCAA West Regional, securing highest finish in school history... Qualified for meet with 9.840 RQS, T11th in West... Scored 9.800 or better 11 times, including three 9.825s and four 9.850s... Also competed on floor eight times, posting season-high 9.650 at MPSF Championships... Earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week nod after scoring 9.850 and 9.825 in back-to-back meets at Alaska Anchorage... Named to MPSF Academic All-Conference squad... Earned one of team's four Outstanding Contributions accolades.

2007: ALL-MPSF FIRST TEAM on uneven bars, finishing with conference-best 9.735 RQS... Appeared in eight meets on bars, losing most of February due to injury... Made collegiate debut with 9.750 (plus 9.600 exhibition vault) vs. San Jose State... Finished season strong, scoring 9.725 at Sacramento State, 9.800 in home quad with Sac/San Jose State/Cal, then hit 1st-place and season-high 9.825 at MPSF Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Graduated from Woodcrest Christian HS in 2006... Made High Honor Roll (GPA of 3.8 or higher) every year... Competed for Southern California Elite Gymnastics... Placed 2nd on bars at Level 10 state meet, then finished 8th on vault, 11th on bars at regionals in 2005... Won bars and all-around titles at Level 9 state meet in 2003, then advanced to Western Nationals, where she placed 3rd on vault and all-around... Earned team MVP honors that season.

PERSONAL: Born in Glendale, Calif.... Majoring in animal science... Parents are Christopher & Lida Gehlen... Both parents attended universities overseas: Christopher in Belgium, Lida in Peru... Chose UC Davis because "it has the best veterinary school in the country and provides great academic opportunities in other fields".