Mountaintop, Pa.
Previous School
Sport Commerce
High School
Crestwood HS

Suffered a severe ankle injury after the first meet and was forced to miss the rest of the season … Competed in the season opener against Maryland (1/8) where she scored a 9.575 on vault and a 9.225 on bars … Saw her first competition in more than a year against Maryland.

Suffered a broken foot before the season began and received a redshirt … Did not compete.

Proved to be a solid performer for the Tigers this year, competing primarily on the vault and bars while also seeing limited action on the beam … Steadily improved in each meet this season … In her first SEC Championships (3/29), posted a 9.850 on the vault … Scored a 9.900 on the vault and a 9.850 on the beam at the NCAA Central Regionals (4/12) … Scored a 9.800 on the vault, a 9.700 on the bars and on the beam in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships (4/24) … Notched a 9.850 on the vault at the Super Six, along with a 9.625 on the floor (4/25) … Had a career meet against Auburn and West Virginia (2/11), scoring career-highs on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.850) … Matched her career high on the vault against Florida … Matched her career-high on the vault against Michigan State (2/29), while scoring a career-high 9.900 on the beam … Scored a 9.800 or better on the vault in 13 of the 16 meets this season … Made her collegiate debut on the beam at Arkansas (1/18) and scored a solid 9.775 … Suffered a sprained ankle against Washington (3/7), and did not compete at N.C. State (3/14).

Coached by Lori Dexter at Northeast Gymnastics … Competed three years at the elite level, including one season as an international elite, before dropping down to Level 10 for her junior and senior seasons … Was crowned the Level 10 regional champion in 2006 … Went on to place fifth on the vault, sixth on the bars and 10th in the all-around at the J.O. National Championships that year … Attended Crestwood High School … Graduated with a 3.85 grade point average and was a member of the National Honors Society for five years.

Full name is Nicole Marie Lyons … Goes by Nikki … Daughter of Sandie and Tim Lyons … Has one older brother, Timmy … A pre-med major.

Vault: 9.900 (4 times; last: 4-12-08 at NCAA Regionals)
Bars: 9.850 (2-8-08 vs. Auburn/W.Va.)
Beam: 9.900 (2-29-08 vs. Michigan State)

About Nikki
Name: Nicole Lyons
Nickname: Nik
Major: Kinesiology
After College I want to: go to Physical Therapy school.
My hobbies are: shopping, swimming and hanging out with my friends and family.
Who inspires you? My parents
The TV show I never miss is: The Hills.
My favorite sporting event to watch is: Football.
My biggest pet peeve is: when people lie.
The best advice I ever received is: “If you’re happy you will make others happy too.” “Always remember your strength comes from your faith.”
My favorite place on LSU campus is: Tiger Stadium
Before a meet I have to: Say a prayer and listen to my iPod
Who is the biggest prankster on the team? Susan
Who tells the best stories? Sam, because her stories just make me laugh. She has a hard time getting the story out because all she does is laugh.
What I will miss most about LSU when I leave: football games


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