Christine Tao
Hometown:
Maple Valley, Wash.

High School:
Tahoma HS '06

Last College:
Washington

Height:
5-3

Position:
Volunteer Assistant

Experience:
2nd Year

Major:
Design

A former team co-captain and the 2008 MPSF co-champion on balance beam, Christine Tao enters her second season as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater. She served as a team mananger in 2012.

Originally from Maple Valley, Wash., Tao transferred to UC Davis midway through her freshman year, contributing as a beam specialist for four seasons. She reached the pinnacle of success in her sophomore year, when her career-high 9.800 score tied Seattle Pacific's Anissa Madrid for first place on balance beam at the MPSF championships.

Tao served as a team co-captain (along with Michelle Bobonski) in 2010. She earned three straight All-Academic awards from the NACGC/W, plus two others from the conference.

Tao graduated from UC Davis with a degree in design; in fact, her skills in this area served the program as she produced numerous posters and promotional items as an intern in the Aggie athletics department. She added an MFA degree last June, completing her thesis project in visual research archives.