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Robert Neff
Position: All-Around
Height: 5'7"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Brookfield, Wis.
High School: Brookfield Academy
Club: Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy
Major: Undeclared

As a Freshman in 2015

  • Earned All-America honors on high bar by placing seventh (14.625) and finished 10th on parallel bars (14.225) at the NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals (April 11)
  • Tied for third on high bar (15.050) and tied for 10th on parallel bars (14.900) at the NCAA Championships Finals (April 10)
  • Tied for ninth on parallel bars with a 14.550 at the NCAA Championships Semifinals (April 9)
  • Placed seventh on high bar (14.800) ninth on vault (14.700) at the MPSF Championships (March 28)
  • Placed first in the all-around (87.300), second on parallel bars (14.100) and high bar (14.900), and tied for second on vault (14.650) at No. 17 UIC (March 8)
  • Finished second on high bar (15.100) and third on vault (15.050) at No. 3 Illinois (March 6)
  • Placed third on high bar with a 14.500 against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 6 California and No. 10 Nebraska (Jan. 24)
  • Made his collegiate debut, competing in the all-around, at No. 8 California (Jan. 10)

High School:

  • A 2014 graduate of Brookfield Academy in Brookfield, Wis.
  • Trained with Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy (West Allis, Wis.), Zurcher Turnverband (Zurich, Switzerland) and South Essex Gymnastics Club (Basildon, United Kingdom)
  • Has trained with the British Junior National Team, Swiss Junior National Team and the U.S. Junior National Team
  • Won national championships with the Swiss Turners in 2012-14
  • Placed second on high bar and sixth in the all-around at the 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships
  • Finished second on high bar, third on pommel horse, fourth on floor and fifth in the all-around at the 2013 P&G Championships
  • Earned a fourth-place finish on high bar and a seventh-place result in the all-around at the 2013 Junior Olympic National Championships
  • Claimed a victory in the all-around at the 2013 Region IV Championships
  • Competed at the 2013 and 2014 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Four-time Academic All-America First Team selection (2012-14)


  • Son of Richard and Jo-Ann
  • Has an older sister, Carolyn, and younger brother, Brian
  • Mother played basketball at New England College
  • Uncle Greg Sanchez played hockey for Ramapo College
  • Cousin Chris Sanchez played lacrosse for Widener University
  • Grandfather Lester Backhaus competed for the men’s gymnastics team at Syracuse and finished first on parallel bars, second on horizontal bar and third on rings at the 1953 National Championships
  • Considering majors in chemistry, physics and computer science, and a minor in German
  • Lived outside the U.S. for nine years, spending time in Australia, Switzerland and England
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Volunteered as a German language instructor at a school in Milwaukee
  • Speaks English, German, French
  • Three-time first-team Academic All-American in high school
  • Enjoys reading science-fiction novels and science magazines, playing video games, watching movies, working with computers, biking and skiing.
Career Scores
Year Floor Pommel Rings Vault  P-Bars  H-Bar All-Around
2015 15.200 14.750 14.400 15.050 14.900 15.100 87.300
2016 15.100 13.850 14.300 14.550 15.050 15.250 87.750
Career Highs 15.200 14.750 14.400 15.050 14.900 15.250 87.750