MAKENNA MERRELL-GILES

Senior • 5' 4"

Pleasant Grove, Utah
Pleasant Grove HS
All-American Gymnastics

Utah Career Highlights

  • Six-time NCAA All-American (3 NCAA, 3 regular season)
  • Regional floor champion
  • Pac-12 vault champion
  • Five-time All-Pac-12 Conference
  • Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award
  • Two 10.0 scores
  • Career-high 39.675 all-around is tied for the ninth-best in school history
  • 21 career victories
  • Has hit 125-132 career routines
  • NACGC Scholar All-American
  • Two-time Pac-12 All-Academic

2018 Season (Junior)

  • Three-time regular season All-American (1st team AA, VT, FX)
  • Regional floor champion
  • Pac-12 vault champion
  • Three-time 1st-team All-Pac-12 Conference
  • Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 6
  • Scored a 10.0 on vault and floor
  • Triple winner vs. Washington and Arizona
  • Career-high 39.675 all-around twice
  • 15 victories
  • Hit 54-56 routines
  • Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll

2017 Season (Sophomore)

  • Three-time NCAA All-American (2nd team AA, BB, FX)
  • Two-time 2nd-team All-Pac-12 (all-around, vault)
  • 6 victories
  • Hit 49-53 routines
  • Double winner vs. Cal (vault, beam)
  • Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll

2016 Season (Freshman)

  • 3rd on floor at Pac-12 Championship
  • Season-high 9.90 on floor, 9.825 on vault and 9.80 on beam
  • Competed on floor at regionals (9.875) and nationals (9.8375)
  • Hit 22-23 routines
  • NACGC Scholar All-American
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Prior to Utah

  • Four-time J.O. National Championships' qualifier
  • 2015 J.O. runner-up in the all-around, vault and floor (Senior C Division)
  • 4th on bars and beam at 2015 J.O. Nationals
  • 2nd on vault, 6th all-around at 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup
  • 4th on bars and beam; 7th all-around (Senior A Division) at 2014 J.O. Nationals
  • Three-time J.O. regional champion (2 floor, 1 bars)
  • 2nd all-around at 2013 and 2014 regionals
  • Trained at All-American Gymnastics
  • Club coaches Jimmy Pratt and Dawn Johnson
  • Graduated from Pleasant Grove High School
  • Made the honor roll every term and was Student of the Month

Personal

  • Daughter of Jodi and Paul Merrell
  • Mother coaches at All-American Gymnastics
  • Sisters Maegan and Mickell Merrell; brothers Mitchell and Mikah
  • Sister Mickell was a BYU gymnast (2008-12)
  • Married to Matthew Giles
  • Won Church Recognition Award
  • Parks, recreation and tourism major
  • Full name is MaKenna Gayle Merrell-Giles
Merrell-Giles' Career Highs
All-Around 39.675 vs. Washington, Feb. 3, 2018
  39.675 vs. Georgia, Mar. 16, 2018
Vault 10.0 vs. Washington, Feb. 3, 2018
Bars 9.925 vs. Georgia, Mar. 16, 2018
Beam 9.925 vs. UCLA, Feb. 18, 2018
  9.925 vs. Georgia, Mar. 16, 2018
Floor 10.0 vs. Georgia, Mar. 16, 2018