*Earned Gene Wettstone Award (given to outstanding competitor) at Penn State meet opener in 2012)
*Performance at meet also earned ECAC Gymnast of the Week citation
2013: Competed in season opener against Penn State on pommel horse and in home finale on high bar (12.9) in meet against No. 5 Stanford and Springfield ... mark on high bar (which is his specialty) was first "real" dismount he stuck as a collegian .. set personal bests in pommel horse (2013) and high bar (2012) against the Nittany Lions.
2012: Recruited as all-arounder ... injury freshman year forced him to concentrate efforts on pommel horse and high bar ... progress during the off-season on high bar earned spot in lineup in season opener on Jan. 14 against No. 6 Penn State ... placed second among the Black Knights and seventh overall with a 13.2 ... presented the Gene Wettstone Award (named after former long-time Penn State coach) as the outstanding competitor of the meet ... announcement drew applause of fellow athletes, coaches and fans for his courage and determination ... just the second Black Knight to receive that award, joining Army Hall of Famer Steve Marshall (USMA `96) ... performance also earned ECAC Gymnast of Week citation ... just third Black Knight to earn ECAC weekly honors the past year, joining Tim Tien and Kip Webber who were honored in January 2011 ... competed in six meets on high bar ... second highest score of 13.0 recorded in home triangular with Springfield and Temple.
2011: Did not compete due to preseason injury just prior to Thanksgiving ... spent second semester on medical leave. Club/High School: Competed for South Coast Gymnastics from 2007-2010 ... coached by Xioaping Li, Shen Jian and Jia Wen (three-time Olympian)... captured numerous honors in 2010 to include being an all-around finalist at Pacific Coast Classic and finalist on pommel horse at the Junior Olympic Nationals ... named Southern California State all-star along with earning medalist honors in all-around at the San Diego Classic and Central Conference Championships ... took third on pommel horse and high bar at the Blackjack Invitational that year as well ... captured individual pommel horse title at 2007 Region 1 Championships ... high bar finalist two years later.
Personal: Given name is Andrew Robert Avelino ... parents' names are Demetrio and Deborah Avelino ... younger brother Gabriel (8) ... father served in the Navy ... likes to play the guitar ... majoring in in Foreign Area Studies, focusing on East Asia.