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  Kristen Riffanacht
Kristen Riffanacht

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cheshire, CT

High School:
Cheshire HS

Height:
5-3

Event:
Student Coach

Birthdate:
03/25/1984

Club:
Gymnastics Revolution


UTAH: Two-time All-American was voted team co-captain for the second year ... tough competitor hopes to crack the all-around lineup as a senior ... has competed on every event in her career, with her most successful event the balance beam ... has "hit" 98-108 career routines.

2005-Starter on beam and floor also made the vault and bar lineup three times each ... quest for all-around berth was delayed by ongoing hamstring and shoulder injuries ... missed one meet with injury ... outstanding in her role as the leadoff on floor and the No. 2 beam worker ... placed third on floor at regionals, scoring a 9.90 ... competed on beam in every meet except Michigan (injured) and made the floor lineup 10 times, including both nights of team competition at the NCAA Championships ... scored a 38.875 in her only all-around of the season vs. Utah State ... "hit" 26-30 routines.

2004-Second-team All-American on the balance beam scored a 9.85 on opening night of the NCAA Championships ... 9.85 tied for eighth in the evening session and ninth across both sessions of NCAA opening day competition ... "hit" 6-7 routines at the NCAA Championships and her fall on bars was her only fall all year ... three-event regular (vault, beam and floor) went all-around once (at the NCAA Championships) ... won the Diane Ellingson award as Utah's Most Inspirational Gymnast "hit" 35-36 routines.

2003-Second-team All-American on vault tied for sixth in qualifying session at NCAA Championships ... 9.875 vault score ranked ninth across both sessions ... scored a 9.85 on vault in Super Six ... Utah's most productive freshman competed on three events at regionals and received a 9.80 on vault and bars and 9.75 on floor ... scored 9.90 on vault (4 times) and floor ... 9.85 high on bars ... won vault at Utah State on Feb. 7 (9.90) ... "hit" 37-41 routines.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year qualifier to Junior Olympic national championships ... two-year International Elite qualifier ... ninth all-around and second on vault at 2002 J.O. national championships ... 2002 region all-around, vault, bars and beam champion was runner-up on floor ... 2002 state all-around, vault and beam champion placed second on floor ... third all-around, second on bars and vault at 1998 J.O. national championships ... trained for club team Gymnastics Revolution in Brookfield, Conn., under coaches Brian Bakalar and Russell Wallace ... graduated from Cheshire High School with honors ... President's Award for Academic Excellence ... honored for making honor roll every semester for four-year high school career.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Nancy and James Riffanacht ... last name is pronounced riff-in-ack ... one sister, Karen ... enjoys volleyball, watching tennis and art ... exercise and sport science major ... nickname is Riff or Riffy ... full name is Kristen Blair Riffanacht ... born March 25, 1984.

Riffanacht's Career Highs
A-A     38.875 vs. Utah State, Jan. 14, 2005
Vault   9.95 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 19, 2004
Bars    9.850 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 24, 2003
Beam    9.90 vs. Washington/Iowa/I-C, Mar. 5, 2004
Floor   9.95 vs. Arizona State, Mar. 18, 2005
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