Zoe Schweitzer receives full gymnastics scholarship to Ohio State
Dec 6, 2018
A PA Cyber senior has accepted a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics to Ohio State University, where she will attend in the fall of 2019.
Zoe Schweitzer, 17, of Mars, Pa. has worked diligently, practicing as a gymnast 32 hours a week while balancing school work at PA Cyber to vault to this achievement. Schweitzer is on track to graduate a semester early in January 2019 from PA Cyber.
She'll take courses at her local community college in the spring before heading off to Ohio State, where she is leaning toward studying nutrition but remains undecided.
Schweitzer has trained at Xquisite Gymnastics in Cranberry Township, Pa. all her life, and is a recognized Level 10 gymnast by the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program.
Schweitzer said she visited several other schools, but none had the same draw and feel as Division I Ohio State campus.
"I just love it there," she said. "I am beyond excited to go there."
Zoe's dad, Bill Schweitzer, said she has been a straight-A student throughout her school years. She started with PA Cyber in fifth grade and he credits the school for making this all possible.
"It's allowed her to participate in the sport," he said. "During meet season, we typically have to travel on Thursday or Friday, and the flexibility of PA Cyber has enabled her to attend classes and stay current. Brick-and-mortar schools weren't working with us."
Zoe trains five days a week, including five hours on Saturday and five on Sunday, which doesn't leave much free time.
"Honestly with all the competitions and everything, a traditional school wouldn't work out if I had an absence or if I had to be late for class because of a competition," Zoe Schweitzer said. "PA Cyber has been great so that I could do school while in the car or on the go. It's really kind of changed my gymnastics career and allowed me to have more time with it," she said.
Xquisite owner and head coach Lindsey Stancil said Schweitzer is a great all-around champion well known for her bars and beams.
"When you combine talent with her smarts, you know the result is going to be exceptional. While Zoe is talented, she has always been a very, very hard worker. She's always had discipline, and she's internally motivated. Getting Zoe to come to the gym every day was never a problem. She loves working hard, she loves gymnastics, she loves the team, she loves being at the gym, so it was not a shock because of who she is at her core."
Stancil said a lot of that drive comes from Zoe's parents, Bill and Michelle Schweitzer, of Mars, whom she called "well-rounded, grounded, hardworking people" who have always expected the same from their daughter.
"She's really special and unique," Stancil said. "I don't know when I'll have the opportunity to coach a kid like her again. She's really top notch."
When Zoe Schweitzer was 14 years old, she became a national champion in uneven bars, taking first place at the Women's Gymnastics Junior Olympics National Championships. She qualified to go to Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the USA Gymnastics Region 7 All-Star Team. While there, she competed and trained with gymnasts from Scotland and got to see the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
She also qualified for Nationals in 2016 and 2017, but did not compete in the 2018 season due to a shoulder surgery. She continued her bar success as Regional bar champion in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She also won state championships on uneven bars, floor, and all around in 2017.
"I've watched a bunch of the older girls at my gym for the past several years sign and now it's my time to sign," Zoe Schweitzer said.
Stancil said the gym club works hard to help kids reach their dreams, though it is exceptionally unusual to have four graduates in the same year with this level of achievement.
Zoe signed last November, along with three other teammates, all to Division I schools. Two girls received full scholarships to Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University, and one is a walk-on at Penn State University.
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