Sophia Maisel was a young dancer when her friends suggested she join them in a summer recreational cheer/tumbling class at Bannon’s Gymnastix in Spring, TX. Sophia enrolled in a tumbling class after summer, and she would keep asking her coach when they would be able to go do bars. Soon after, her parents decided to sign Sophia up for the gymnastics program which lead to an invitation to participate in the gym’s team program in 2012. Sophia began competing in August 2012 as a level 2 and went on to place fifth on vault at the District Championships. Sophia competed another year of level 2 during the 2013 season, due to a change in USAG's level system.
Following the 2013 season, Sophia began training at AIM Athletics and competed level 4 during the 2014 season. At her first meet of the season, Sophia won the beam, floor, and all around titles. At the South State Championships, Sophia won the bars and all around titles. Sophia finished her level 4 season at the Texas State Championships where she won the vault, bars, floor, and all around titles. In the winter of 2015, Sophia only competed one meet of level 5 where she placed third on beam and floor.
Sophia’s optional career began in 2016. Sophia competed the first two meets of the season as a level 6, and then went on to compete level 7 for the rest of the season. At her first level 6 meet, the Alamo Classic, Sophia had a fantastic meet and won the beam, floor, and all around title as well as a second place finish on bars. With only competing two meets as a level 6, Sophia made the America’s Top 100 Level 6 scores list for bars, beam, and all around. Finishing the season as a level 7, Sophia took home bronze medals on bars and in the all around at state. Sophia also qualified to the Region 3 Championships where she won the floor title and placed second on bars and beam; she also took home third all around. As a level 8 in 2017, Sophia had a great season and won the vault, floor, and all around titles at the Texas State Championships. Sophia moved on to the Region 3 Championships where she had another great meet, winning the vault and all around titles, and silver medals on bars and floor.
Sophia began her 2018 level 9 season at the Chow’s Challenge where she won the floor title and placed second on vault. Sophia continued to improve throughout the season and won the vault title and placed third on beam at state. At regionals, Sophia had her best meet of the season so far, and placed second on beam and in the all around, qualifying to the Western Championships. Sophia’s best meet of the season occurred at Westerns. She tied for the vault title with a 9.750, and placed third all around with a 38.100.
Currently, Sophia trains 34 hours per week under coaches Debbie Kaitschuck and Deana Parish at AIM Athletics in The Woodlands, TX. Sophia has one sister, Noelle, who is a competitive diver. Sophia also has one dog named Emily who was rescued from a local animal shelter, and a cat named Nacho who just showed up one day. Sophia is a straight-A student at Texas Connections Academy. She earned Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll Awards for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years because of her grades. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Away from gym, Sophia enjoys photography, videography and video editing and spending time with friends. She is learning to play the ukulele. She volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, a non-profit organization that supplies food and resources to the hungry across Houston and beyond. Sophia’s goal is to continue her gymnastics career into college and contribute to the success of a team. Academic areas of interest include Biology (Pediatric Medicine or Sports Rehabilitation), Pre-law, and Digital Communications/New Media.