Julia Richards
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Nevada City, Calif.

High School:
Nevada Union HS '03

Height:
5-2

Event:
AA

Major:
Human Development

2006: USAG ALL-AMERICAN on vault, placing 6th in event final (9.638)... Hit career-high 9.750 in USAG team prelims to advance... ALL-MPSF FIRST TEAM on both beam and floor... Ranked 4th in MPSF on beam with 9.635 RQS, 7th on floor at 9.630... Won beam at MPSF Championships (9.775)... Scored career-high 9.825 on both beam and floor at home vs. Sacramento State... Matched that mark on beam during USAG team final, while hitting 9.775 on floor, 9.625 on vault... Averaged 9.595 on vault in 13 appearances... Posted 9.700 at San Jose State, then a career high... Scored 9.600 or better in last six meets... Made lone all-around appearance in quadrangular at Cal, scoring 37.975.

2005: Double USAG ALL-AMERICAN, placing 8th on vault (9.137), T3rd on floor (9.775) at nationals... Advanced to event championships after scoring 9.675 on vault, 9.775 on floor during team prelims... Scored 9.775-9.750-9.775 on floor during three-day USAG meet... Tied career floor best of 9.875 in home triangular with San Jose State and Alaska Anchorage... Also hit season-high 9.825 on beam in that meet, moving her into T8th on school's career highs list... Previous best had been 9.775 in home dual with Sacramento State... Earned first-team ALL-MPSF honors on beam with 9.605 RQS.

2004: Appeared in vault, beam and floor lineup in all 14 meets... Scored 9.800 or higher on floor four times in last seven meets, including season-high 9.875 at MPSF Championships and 9.825 during USAG team final... Scored 9.700 or better on beam in four straight meets, starting with season-best 9.775 at San Jose State... Had strong overall meet at Sacramento State, scoring season-high 9.700 on vault plus 9.725 on beam, 9.775 on floor.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Graduated from Nevada Union HS in 2003.. State and regional qualifier for Rising Starz in Grass Valley... Finished 8th on vault at 2001 Level 10 regional.

PERSONAL: Born in Grass Valley, Calif.... Human development major... Parents are Robert Richards and Michelle Whatley... Has two siblings: Andrea (24) and Erik Whatley (9)... Says best athlete she's faced is Tiffany Chan, her teammate both at Rising Starz and at UC Davis.