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  Daria Bijak
Daria Bijak

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cologne, Germany

High School:
Georg Buechner Gymnasium

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:
11/12/1985

Club:
Turnteam Toyota Cologne


UTAH: 2008 Olympian and six-time All-American is a contender for the NCAA all-around and individual event titles ... first tumbling pass on floor (handspring double front, punch front) is unique in college gymnastics ... believed to be the only gymnast in the NCAA currently competing a handspring front layout vault ... 10 career victories ... has hit 127-135 career routines.

2009-Made All-American in the all-around and on floor (first team) and bars ... qualified for individual event finals on floor, placing fifth ... had the best floor score (9.90) on the first night of the NCAA Championships ... second-team All-American in the all-around scored a 39.40 to place eighth in the second session ... NCAA West Region all-around runner-up scored a career-best 39.550 ... scored a 39.525 in the final regular season meet ... five wins ... hit 46-49 routines ... second-team CoSIDA Academic all-District VIII selection ... won Utah's Dahl Award as the top gymnastics scholar-athlete ... Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete made the Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

2008-Competed for Germany in the Beijing Olympic Games ... performed all four events in team preliminaries and was Germany's high scorer on the floor ... placed fourth in the German National Championships in June ... two-time All-American at the NCAA Championships won second-team honors in the all-around and on floor ... 9.90 on bars during the Super Six was the third-best bar score of the meet ... career-best 39.475 all-around score at Michigan on Mar. 22 ... four wins ... hit 54-57 routines... won Utah's Coaches' Award as the Most Improved Gymnast ... named to the CoSIDA Academic all-District VIII at-large team ... NACGC Scholastic All-American and Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete.

2007: First-team All-American placed eighth on the uneven bars at the NCAA Championships ... overcame November knee surgery and a mid-season injury to both knees to compete on bars and beam at nationals ... on the opening day of the NCAA Championships, she scored a career-best 9.925 on bars - tying for first in the evening session - and a 9.80 on beam ... 9.85 on beam in the Super Six ... until injuring her knees in late March, she was a starter on three events (bars, beam and floor) ... hit 27-29 routines ... one victory... NACGC Scholastic All-American ... made the Dean's List and the Athletics Academic Honor Roll ... 4.0 GPA spring semester.

PRIOR TO UTAH: Two-time German national all-around champion (2005-06) ... also won national titles on vault and floor at the 2005 German National Championships, and placed first on bars at the 2006 national meet ... placed eighth in the all-around at the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia ... 20th all-around at the 2003 World Championships ... third on vault and bars, and fourth in the all-around at the 2003 German Championships ... trained at Turnteam Toyota Cologne for coach Shanna Poljakova ... graduated from Georg Buechner Gymnasium.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Christel and Christoph Bijak ... name is pronounced Darr-ee-a BEE-jhack (soft "j") ... one brother (Thomas) ... film studies major ... full name is Daria Eva Bijak ... born Nov. 12, 1985 in Poland.

Bijak's Career Highs

All-Around  39.550 at NCAA Regional, Apr. 4, 2009
Vault	9.900 vs. UCLA, Feb. 24, 2008
	9.900 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 20, 2009
Bars	9.925 at NCAA Championships, Apr. 26, 2007
	9.925 vs. Washington, Jan. 23, 2009
	9.925 vs. Oregon State, Jan. 30, 2009
	9.925 vs. BYU/SUU/TWU, Feb. 6, 2009
Beam	9.925 vs. Utah State/SUU, Feb. 22, 2008
	9.925 vs. Michigan, Feb. 24, 2008
	9.925 at NCAA Regional, Apr. 4, 2009
Floor	9.925 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 20, 2009

Age Started Gymnastics: Six

Nickname: Dari

Last Summer I: I took up playing tennis

These Words Describe Me: Silly, sarcastic, determined

You May not Know: I speak three languages

I chose Utah because: I've never seen a nicer gym before

Favorite Book: Man and Boy

Favorite Food: Pasta, sushi, anything with cinnamon

Favorite Gymnastics Skill: Double front dismount (beam)

Favorite Gymnast: Nastia Liukin

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