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  Melissa Vituj
Melissa Vituj

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ada, Mich.

High School:
Forest Hills Central

Height:
5-0

Position:
AA

Birthdate:
05/02/1982

Club:
Kentwood USA Gymnastics

UTAH: Eight-time All-American was voted team co-captain ... national contender on all four events and in the all-around ... 28 career victories ... has "hit" 146-155 (94%) of her career routines ... crowd-pleaser loves to compete.

2003-First-team All-American on floor for third straight year ... second-team All-American in the all-around was ninth overall with a 39.325 ... ninth on floor in event finals ... team-high 39.375 all-around score in Super Six team finals ... NCAA North Central Region Gymnast of the Year ... region champion on vault (9.90) and floor (9.925) ... went all-around in every meet ... team's co-MVP led Utah with 22 wins ... twice scored career-best 39.675 in the all-around ... won all-around, vault, beam and floor vs. LSU ... set or tied career marks on every apparatus: vault (9.95), bars (9.875), beam (9.975) and floor (9.975) ... "hit" 57-60 routines.

2002-Three-time All-American was first team on floor and second team on vault and beam ... 9.90 on floor both nights of team competition at NCAA Championships ... won first-ever collegiate all-around competition, scoring 39.575 vs. Arizona on Jan. 18 ... season-high 39.625 on Mar. 23 ... 5 wins ... "hit" 49-53 routines.

2001-Sensational freshman campaign culminated in first-team All-America honors on beam and floor and second-team status on vault ... finished third in the nation on beam and ninth on floor ... scored 9.90 on floor both nights of team competition at nationals ... "hit" all 8 routines at NCAA Championships ... three-event regular "hit" first the 20 routines of her college career ... won floor exercise competition at Minnesota ... "hit" 40-42 routines... NACGC Scholastic All-American.

CLUB, HIGH SCHOOL: Won balance beam and placed second on floor and vault and fifth in all-around at the 1999 Junior Olympic Level 10 nationals ... 1998 Level 10 J.O. national champ on beam and floor ... at 1999 region 5 meet, won all-around, beam and floor titles ... won region titles on beam and floor in 1998 ... three-year member of region 5 Junior Olympic National Champion team (1997-99) ... trained for Kentwood USA Gymnastics (coach John Figueroa) ... graduated from Forest Hills Central High School, where she earned four letters in cross country.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Carol and Bill Vituj (pronounced vee toy) ... one brother (Chris) ... has skill on beam named after her, "the Vituj," which features a wolf one and a half jump ... enjoys hiking, camping, water sports and rollercoasters ... once played guest mascot at a Utah men's basketball game and dunked a basketball off a mini-tramp as "Baby Swoop" ... health promotion and education major ... nickname is Mel ... full name is Melissa Lynn Vituj ... born May 2, 1982.

Vituj's Career Highs
A-A 39.675 vs. Utah State, Feb. 7, 2003
39.675 vs. LSU, Mar. 14, 2003
Vault 9.950 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 1, 2002
9.950 vs. LSU, Mar. 14, 2003
Bars 9.875 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 24, 2003
9.875 vs. Oregon State, Feb. 21, 2003
9.875 vs. Michigan, Feb. 28, 2003
9.875 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 28, 2003
Beam 9.975 vs. Utah State, Feb. 7, 2003
9.975 vs. Washington, Mar. 7, 2003
Floor 9.975 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 24, 2003
9.975 vs. Utah State, Feb. 7, 2003
9.975 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 28, 2003

Nickname: Mel
Three Words that Describe Me: Happy, energetic, adventurous
Did You Know: I have flown (piloted) a jet airplane
Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking (in Utah), water sports
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Food: Dill pickles
Favorite Book: All five Harry Potter books
Favorite Person in History: Mary Lou Retton
Favorite Amusement Park Ride: Rollercoasters
Favorite Gymnast: (Former Ute) Linda Kardos-Wood

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