Stephani Canizaro

UB, FX | Senior | 5-1 | Nesbit, Miss. | Gymstars Gymnastics


  • 2012 Second Team All-American (FX)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2012)
  • Won Three Career Event Titles (2 UB, 1 FX)

Personal Bests
VT: 9.85, vs. LSU, Feb. 7, 2014
UB: 9.875, 7x, last NCAA Regionals, April 2, 2016
FX: 9.925, vs. Alabama, Jan. 16, 2015

As a Senior* (2016)
Earned extra year of eligibility due to injury during 2013 season … Won floor exercise event title with 9.875 vs. Utah State on March 11 … Competed in all 13 uneven bars and floor exercise lineups … Uneven bars score counted towards team total in 11-of-13 performances … Tied career high of 9.875 on uneven bars three times … Floor exercise score counted towards team total in all 13 performances … Had season high of 9.9 on floor exercise two times … Had two uneven bars scores and three floor exercise scores lead the team.

As a Senior (2015)
Won two event titles, both on the uneven bars, in her senior year at Arkansas … Set a career-best 9.875 on the uneven bars on Jan. 16 against No. 6 Alabama and tied the mark on Feb. 27 against No. 23 Missouri … Scored a personal-best 9.925 on the floor exercise to help the Razorback floor rotation set a school record 49.600 to upset the defending SEC champion, Alabama … Won the first uneven bars title of her career on Jan. 16 against No. 6 Alabama and won her second career UB title on Feb. 27 against Missouri, she scored a 9.875 both times … Recorded a season-best 9.8 on the vault three times (No. 2 Florida, at No. 10 Georgia, No. 8 UCLA) … 17 of her 34 routines scored a 9.8-or-higher … Her scored counted on 26 of her 34 routines … A mainstay in the uneven bars and floor exercise lineup throughout the year … Featured in all but two vault rotations … Averaged a 9.738 on the vault, a 9.704 on the floor and a 9.681 on the uneven bars.

As a Junior (2014)
Set a career-best mark of 9.875 in the bars at the 2014 NCAA Fayetteville Regional … Helped the bar rotation set the third-highest score in school history (49.375) at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional … Scored 9.80 plus in three events in two meets … Matched a career-high on the floor at Kentucky (9.85) … Helped the Razorbacks collect the second-highest floor score in program history at Kentucky with a 49.450 … Counted vault scores eight of the 10 times … Counted on 10 of the 11 bar routines … Count on four of her six routines.

As a Sophomore (2013)
Unable to compete due to a preseason elbow injury … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

As a Freshman (2012)
Earned second-team All-American honors on the floor … Competed on vault, bars and floor with her scores counting four of the five times on vault, 12 of 15 times on bars, and eight of 11 on floor … Made floor debut on Feb. 3 at Auburn … Set a career-best score of 9.85 on the floor at Missouri, and matched that score at the NCAA Championship Session II semifinal, which gave her an eighth-place finish … Scored her first 9.825 on bars against LSU, helping Arkansas set a school record in the event with a team score of 197.225 … Scored her second 9.825 on the bars at No. 8 Florida in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional and again NCAA Championship Session II semifinals … Hit a 9.80 on the vault against No. 9 Nebraska … Finished fifth in the bars at No. 9 Nebraska (9.80) and eighth in the NCAA Regional (9.825) … Recorded her highest finish in the floor with a fifth-place finish at West Virginia with a 9.80 … Helped Arkansas earn the first overall No. 1 ranking in school history … Helped Arkansas score the second-most points in school history (197.15) to advance to the Super Six for the second time in four years … Earned UA Honor Roll honors.

Prior to Arkansas

A multiple J.O. Level 10 national qualifier at Gymstars Gymnastics in Collierville, Tenn. … Placed third in bars (9.60), seventh in the all-around (38.025), 12th on the beam (9.425) and tied for 13th on the vault (9.60) at the 2011 J.O. National Championship in Long Beach, Calif. … Won all five event titles at the Tennessee state meet two years in a row (2010, 2011) … Region VIII all-around champion with additional titles on the bar and floor in 2010 … Finished ninth in the floor at the 2010 J.O. Level 10 National Championship … Qualified for the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup in 2010 and won five of her seven competitions in the all-around … Won four Tennessee state titles in 2009, including the all-around, vault, bars and floor, with a runner up finish on the beam … At the 2009 Region VIII meet she placed third on the floor, fourth on the vault and sixth in the all-around to qualify her for the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships … Collected a 14th place finish on the bars and 17th on the floor at the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships … Qualified as a pre-elite in 2006, winning a medal on the vault at the US Classic/Challenge … Received invitations to attend regional, national and elite training camps.

High School
Attended high school at Faith Heritage Christian Academy in Millington, Tenn. … Played basketball and softball at FHCA … Graduated with honors.

Born July 2, 1993 … Daughter of Steve and Kathy Canizaro … Her maternal grandfather, Tom DeNomie, was president of the Hot Springs Razorback Club from 2003-06 … Majoring in kinesiology (P-12) with a minor in communication.

2016 Performances

Jan. 2Cancun Classic9.8259.35
Jan. 15Georgia9.8759.825
Jan. 17Oklahoma9.659.675
Jan. 22at Alabama9.759.9
Jan. 29Auburn9.79.825
Feb. 5at LSU9.259.775
Feb. 12at Florida9.89.85
Feb. 19at Maryland9.7759.775
Feb. 26Kentucky9.8759.9
Mar. 4at Missouri9.7759.825
Mar. 11Utah State9.859.875
Mar. 19SEC Championship9.7759.825
Apr. 2at NCAA Regionals9.8759.8

2015 Performances

Jan. 9at Oklahoma9.6759.79.3
Jan. 16Alabama9.759.8759.925
Jan. 23at Auburn9.6759.89.8
Jan. 31Metroplex Challenge9.5759.259.575
Feb. 6Florida9.89.759.825
Feb. 13Home Tri Meet9.759.8759.825
Feb. 20at Kentucky9.7759.89.7
Feb. 27Missouri9.7759.8759.825
Mar. 7at Georgia9.89.8259.8
Mar. 13UCLA9.7759.39.85
Mar. 21SEC Championship9.2759.6
Apr. 4at NCAA Regionals9.859.475

2014 Performances

Jan. 10Home Tri Meet9.759.7759.6
Jan. 17at Missouri9.1259.775
Jan. 24at Alabama9.8259.775
Jan. 31Auburn9.8259.8259.4
Feb. 7LSU9.859.8259.675
Feb. 14at Florida9.79.8
Feb. 21Kentucky9.89.859.85
Mar. 1at Georgia
Mar. 8at Nebraska9.6259.825
Mar. 14Oklahoma9.89.89.825
Mar. 22SEC Championship9.759.759.6
Apr. 5NCAA Regionals9.7259.875

2012 Performances

Jan. 6Cancun Classic
Jan. 13Kentucky9.7
Jan. 20LSU9.825
Jan. 27at Florida Quad Meet9.825
Feb. 3Auburn9.759.475
Feb. 5Oklahoma9.89.1
Feb. 10at Georgia9.759.75
Feb. 17at Alabama9.7759.759.075
Feb. 24Nebraska9.89.89.65
Mar. 2Minnesota
Mar. 10at West Virginia9.659.759.8
Mar. 16at Missouri9.659.29.85
Mar. 24SEC Championship9.759.79.125
Apr. 7NCAA Regionals9.8259.75
Apr. 20vs. NCAA Session II9.8259.85
Apr. 21vs. NCAA Super Six9.88.975

Career Event Titles

S. Canizaro21

What do you love most about gymnastics? It has the ability to take away all my problems and worries.

What was the best moment of your athletic career? Becoming an All-American on floor as a freshman.

What keeps you motivated in and out of the gym? My parents and remembering all the hard work I’ve put into the sport.

Why did you choose to come to Arkansas? My grandfather always wanted me to be a Razorback.

What’s the best thing about being a Gymback? Having the opportunity to be a role model to young gymnasts.

What are your personal and team goals this season? Team goal is to make Super Six and place higher than our team best of fifth place. Individual goals are to get a 9.9 on bars and become an All-American on bars.

What’s your favorite event? Bars.

If you could play any other sport, what would it be? Softball or basketball.

Who had the biggest influence in your athletics or in your life? My Parents and grandparents.

Who’s your favorite athlete? LeBron James.

What’s your favorite food? Flamin’ Hot Funyuns.

What’s your favorite movie? The Shawshank Redemption or Rudy.

What’s your favorite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy and The Royals.

What do you like to do in your free time? Shopping and sleep.

What are your plans after graduation? Cirque du Soleil.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Jamaica.

What’s your favorite song? We Dem Boyz by Wiz Khalifa.

Can you play any instruments or have any other hidden talents? Archery.

Do you have any superstitions? I always have to ask Coach Mark which is the head judge to salute before I compete on bars (even if I know).

Who would play you in a movie? Jennifer Lawrence.

What reality show would you like to be on? American Ninja Warrior.

What celebrity would you most like to meet? LeBron James.

If someone walked into your dorm room, what’s the first thing they would notice? There’s Bob Marley stuff everywhere.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? Have no regrets.