MAKENNA MERRELL-GILES

Junior • 5' 4"

Pleasant Grove, Utah
Pleasant Grove HS
All-American Gymnastics

Merrell-Giles' Career Highs
All-Around 39.475 vs. UCLA, Feb. 18, 2017
Vault 9.90 vs. BYU, Jan. 13, 2017
  9.90 vs. California, Feb. 4, 2017
Bars 9.875 vs. Arizona State, Feb. 25, 2017
  9.875 at NCAA Championships, Apr. 15, 2017
Beam 9.90 at NCAA Championships, Apr. 14, 2017
Floor 9.95 vs. UCLA, Feb. 18, 2017

Utah Career Highlights

  • Three-time NCAA All-American
  • Two-time All-Pac-12 Conference
  • 6 career victories
  • Has hit 71-76 career routines
  • NACGC Scholar All-American

2017 Season (Sophomore)

  • Three-time NCAA All-American (second team all-around, beam, floor)
  • Two-time 2nd-team All-Pac-12 (all-around, vault)
  • 6 victories
  • Hit 49-53 routines
  • Career high 39.475 all-around high vs. UCLA
  • Double winner vs. Cal (vault, beam)
  • Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic.
  • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

2016 Season (Freshman)

  • 3rd on floor at Pac-12 Championship
  • Season-high 9.90 on floor, 9.825 on vault and 9.80 on beam
  • Competed on floor at regionals (9.875) and nationals (9.8375)
  • Hit 22-23 routines
  • NACGC Scholar All-American
  • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Prior to Utah

  • Four-time J.O. National Championships’ qualifier
  • 2015 J.O. runner-up in the all-around, vault and floor (Senior C Division)
  • 4th on bars and beam at 2015 J.O. Nationals
  • 2nd on vault, 6th all-around at 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup
  • 4th on bars and beam; 7th all-around (Senior A Division) at 2014 J.O. Nationals
  • Three-time J.O. regional champion (2 floor, 1 bars)
  • 2nd all-around at 2013 and 2014 regionals
  • Trained at All-American Gymnastics
  • Club coaches Jimmy Pratt and Dawn Johnson
  • Graduated from Pleasant Grove High School
  • Made the honor roll every term and was Student of the Month

Personal

  • Daughter of Jodi and Paul Merrell
  • Mother coaches at All-American Gymnastics
  • Sisters Maegan and Mickell Merrell; brothers Mitchell and Mikah
  • Sister Mickell was a BYU gymnast (2008-12)
  • Married Matthew Giles in July
  • Won Church Recognition Award
  • Parks, recreation and tourism major
  • Full name is MaKenna Gayle Merrell