Melendez Records 9.900 as NIU Excels on Balance Beam
Prep: Competed for the Trinity GEMS as a Level 10 all-around gymnast from 2010-12. Advanced to the Junior Olympic National Invitational in both 2011 and 2012. Finished first on the balance beam with a career high of 9.475 at the 2012 JO Nationals and was eighth in the all-around with a 36.975. Competed in the 2011 Illinois State Meet and placed sixth in the all-around with a personal best of 37.025. Earned top five finishes in all five events at the Harley Davidson Invite. Finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 36.475 at the Magical Classic Invitational, where she also placed second in the vault with a score of 9.525.
Personal: Born Oct. 3, 1994 to parents Terri and Michael Greenfield. A biology major who was on the honor roll all four years of high school. Admires Michael Jordan for his ability to push through challenges and never give up.