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Priyanka Shah
Priyanka Shah

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Fremont, Calif.

High School:
Irvington HS

Height:
5-3

Event:
Diving

Experience:
1V

SENIOR/2013-14: Joined the team in January as a walk on ... Had minimal experience diving prior to working with Coach Rodionoff ... Ranked ninth on the team with 29 individual points at the conference championship, helping the Waves to a fifth place finish ... Took 14th place in the 1-meter springboard at the conference championship with a score of 152.50 ... Placed 11th in the 3-meter with a score of 134.70 ... It was just the second time she had competed on the 3-meter in collegiate competition ... Season-best score in 3-meter set a week prior at the PCSC Time Trials with a third-place score of 161.25 ... Season-best 1-meter score also set at PCSC Time Trials with a mark of 162.25 ... Placed ninth in the 1-meter at the Beach Cup behind a score of 138.30 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Fulbright Scholarship finalist.

CLUB: Has four years of competitive gymnastics experience with Pacific West Gymnastics ... Also was a member of the Santa Clara Diving Club.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Irvington High School in 2010 ... Competed for four seasons on the varsity elite gymnastics squad in the all-around ... Three-year team captain ... Earned All-Mission Valley Athletic League acclaim as a sophomore ... Led team to the 2009 conference championship title ... Also a member of the track and field squad as a high, long and triple jumper ... 2008 MVP of the track and field team and a two-time captain ... Four-year North Coast Section Scholar-Athlete in both gymnastics and track.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Arun and Nandita ... Has one younger sister, Raddhika, and one younger brother, Suraj ... A sports medicine (BS) and pre-med major ... Aspires to become an emergency medicine physician ... Chose Pepperdine "because of its sports medicine program, and the small student to faculty ratio" ... Keeps a recipe blog entitled "Pinki's Palate" ... Lifelong vegetarian ... Has studied abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland and Buenos Aires, Argentina ... Has also back packed around South America ... Loves diving because "of the similarities between diving and gymnastics - except you have to learn to land on your head!"

FAVORITES: Favorites includes Julie Foucher (pro athlete), Modern Family (tv show), acai bowls (food), Norah Jones and Ingrid Michaelson (musical artists), gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting (sport other than diving) ... Names the U.S. National Gymnastics Team as her favorite profession squad ... Enjoys CrossFit, slacklining, traveling and snowboarding ... Cites Kerri Strug as her biggest sports hero.

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