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NU Men's Gymnastics BIO
Sam Chamberlain
Player Profile:
Sam Chamberlain 918430
Position: Still Rings, Parallel Bars
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 152
Year: Freshman
City/State: Franklin, Ohio
High School: Franklin
Club: GTC Ohio

Honors & Awards

  • First-Team NCAA All-American (Parallel Bars, 2016)
  • 2016 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor (Vault, Parallel Bars)
  • 2016 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Vault, Parallel Bars)
  • 2016 Hartung Award
  • Team Captain (2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
  • 2015 NCAA Event Semifinals Competitor (Parallel Bars)
  • 2015 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Vault, Parallel Bars)
  • 2015 NCAA Event Semifinals Competitor (Parallel Bars)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 2/7/15)
  • Individual Title (Rings, 3/15/15)
  • Second-Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2014)
  • First-Team NCAA All-American (Paralell Bars, 2013)
  • NCAA Individual Finalist (3rd, Parallel Bars, 2013)
  • Big Ten Individual Finalist (3rd, Parallel Bars, 2013)
  • Individual Event Title (Parallel Bars)
  • NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2013, 2014)

Career Bests

  • Floor Exercise - 14.60 (at NCAA Team Qualifiers, April 19, 2013)
  • Still Rings - 14.15 (at Big Ten Championships, March 27, 2015)
  • Vault - 15.05 (at Oklahoma, Feb. 6, 2016)
  • Parallel Bars - 15.50 (NU Record) (vs. Iowa/Penn State/Minnesota, Mar. 15, 2015)*
  • High Bar - 13.90 (at Michigan, Feb. 8, 2014)

2016 (Senior)

In his final season at Nebraska, Sam Chamberlain was looked to for leadership as captain of the team and one of three seniors. After setting an NU record of 15.50 as a junior, he became one of Nebraska's top performers on parallel bars. He also contributed on vault and floor.   

Chamberlain helped the team break a number of school records in 2016, including total score (437.300). Chamberlain posted a season-high vault score of 15.05 against Oklahoma and a season-best parallel bars score at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio, just a few hours from his hometown (Franklin, Ohio).

Chamberlain competed in every meet for the Huskers including the postseason, where he led the team to a seventh place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships, NU's best finish since 1999.

Individually, Chamberlain advanced to the NCAA Finals on vault and parallel bars, where he made his last appearance in a Hukser uniform count. Chamberlain posted a 15.15 on parallel bars, claiming third place and his second career All-America award on the event.

Chamberlain was recognized for his contributions to the community in 2016, being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the first time in his Husker career.

2015 (Junior)

Chamberlain was a major contributor to the vault and parallel bars lineups throughout 2015, earning career highs on both events in the season. He also competed as a vital performer on rings and high bar to fill in some gaps for NU.  

Since his debut on vault in 2014, Chamberlain has made major strides on the event. Chamberlain stuck a career-high 14.95 on vault two nights in a row at the Big Ten Championships team competition and in the event finals the following day.

Chamberlain dominated the parallel bars squad as Nebraska’s top performer during the year. The All-American earned a career best and Nebraska school record on the event at the Nebraska quadrangular featuring Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State with a score of 15.50.

Chamberlain’s solid parallel bars score led the Franklin, Ohio, native to success in the postseason.

He qualified to the individual event finals at the 2015 Big Ten Championships March 28, overcoming a fall to garner a 13.275.

At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Chamberlain qualified to the event semifinals on April 10, where he barely missed out on a berth to the event finals competition the following day.

2014 (Sophomore)

Chamberlain held a constant position in the Husker parallel bars lineup throughout his second season. The All-American also competed on floor exercise, vault and high bar.   

Chamberlain debuted on vault and high bar in 2014, setting strong personal-best scores in the process. He tied his parallel bars high score of 15.10 on Senior Night.   

Despite solid vault and parallel bars scores, Chamberlain did not advance to the finals at the Big Ten Championships. At the NCAA Championships, he posted a parallel bars score of 13.50.   

In the classroom, Chamberlain earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2014.

2013 (Freshman)

Chamberlain made a strong statement his freshman season as a collegiate gymnast. Along with being a regular member of Nebraska’s parallel bars lineup, he also competed on still rings and floor exercise for the Huskers.

Chamberlain claimed first-team All-America honors on parallel bars, finishing third at the NCAA Championships in State College, Pa. He earned Nebraska’s first All-America award on parallel bars since 2003. 

In the classroom, Chamberlain was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll for the spring of 2013.

Before Nebraska
Chamberlain trained at the Gymnastics Training Center of Ohio under the direction of head coach Don Sellman.

Chamberlain competed in the Junior Olympic Nationals, Ohio State Championships and Houston National Invitational in multiple events as a Level 10 gymnast.

Personal
Chamberlain was born on July 7, 1994, in Franklin, Ohio, and is the son of Richard and Tami Chamberlain. He has four sisters, Jenny, Tara, Katie and Molly, and two brothers, Jake and Joey. Sam majored in criminal justice and minored in sociology.  He earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring semesters of 2013 and 2014.

He chose Nebraska over Michigan.

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