PSU Gymnast Sets Sights High

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 02/11 2014 06:21PM

Updated 02/11 2014 06:59PM

STATE COLLEGE - “I'm glad I picked this sport,” says Penn State gymnast Trevor Howard.
The Nittany Lions are happy to have him, too.
Only a sophomore, Howard's already a proven winner.
“The thing with Trevor is, he's a great competitor,” Penn State men’s gymnastics coach Randy Jepson says. “When he had to put in a great routine, he could. And that is a tough thing to coach, to teach.”
His clutch factor helped Howard earn an individual national title as a freshman - Penn State's first floor exercise crown in five decades.
“Somehow God was just watching over me and gave me the performance of my life,” Howard says. “And being able to do that when it counts, it was just awesome.”
Now with one title in hand, Howard wants even more in 2014.
“I want to repeat on that and win another event or win three events,” he says. “There's always something else you can do.”
The thing about gymnastics, high individual goals like Howard's are hardly selfish.
Really they're the opposite - pushing both himself and his team.
“My hope is that he'll bring the guys along with him,” Jepson says, “and use that to our advantage hopefully.”
In all aspects of the sport, the Columbus, Ohio native is never truly satisfied.
“It's just an on-going process,” Howard says, ”you never really reach the top.”
He's constantly tweaking, working to improve weaknesses, building on strengths.
His sights set on NCAA’s, Worlds, and maybe some day the Olympics.
“You know you have to be one of those top guys,” Howard says of reaching his dreams.

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