Zaakira Muhammad

Zaakira Muhammad

AA | Jr. | 5-4 | Pennsauken, N.J. | Pennsauken High

Emerged as one of the team’s top performers in 2016 … a reworked balance beam routine should solidify her position as a consistent all-arounder … competes a big floor routine which is a proven fan favorite … has an unmatched ‘wow’ factor on team … one of the most consistent vaulters … also consistent on bars … big gymnastics should produce favorable scores … rarely found without a smile.  

2015-16 Sophomore

• Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Second Team
• Linda Burdette-Good Award honoree as team’s Most Valuable Gymnast
• Competed in all 13 meets, four as an all-arounder, and earned 421.35 points, the second-best total on team
• Ranked No. 31 nationally on vault with a 9.875 RQS
• Tallied career-high scores on vault (9.9), beam (9.85), floor (9.95) and the all-around (39.325)
• Finished second on the team with six victories, including four on vault
• Tied for third place on bars at No. 16 Denver (1/9) with a 9.85 mark
• Finished second on vault (9.85) and third on bars (9.775) against No. 18 New Hampshire (1/17)
• Put forth incredible effort in career all-around debut against William & Mary (1/24), finishing first overall with a career-high 39.325 and also winning floor with a career-best 9.95; day also included second-place showings on vault (9.85) and bars (9.8)
• Scored a career-high 9.9 on vault and won the event at Iowa State (2/5); also finished second on floor with a 9.825 mark
• Tied for third place on vault at No. 2 Oklahoma (2/7) with a 9.85 score
• Strong showing at No. 4 Alabama (2/14), earning a share of the vault win with a career-high 9.9 score and finishing third on bars and floor with 9.85 marks
• Placed second on vault (9.875) and floor (9.85) against No. 22 Kentucky (2/21)
• Finished third on vault at the Unite for Her Pink Invite (2/26) with a 9.875
• Scored 39.275 in the all-around against Ohio State and Bowling Green (3/6) and finished second overall; day included a second-place showing on beam with a career-high 9.85 and third-place finishes on vault (9.825) and floor (9.9)
• Finished first overall against Pitt (3/11) with 39.05 mark; also placed second on vault (9.875) and third on floor (9.85)
• Landed on the podium three times at Pitt (3/13), winning vault (9.85), finishing second on bars (9.825) and placing third in the all-around (38.75)
• Ranked second on the team with vault and bars season averages of 9.85 and 9.785, respectively; also ranked No. 3 on floor with a 9.823 average

2014-15 Freshman

• Competed on vault and uneven bars in all 12 meets and earned 243.175 points, the fourth-best team total
• Finished third on the team with 10 podium appearances, including three wins
• Scored 9.8 or better on vault in all but three meets
• Exceptional in career debut, scoring 9.8 on vault at Maryland (1/9) and finishing in third place
• Tied for third place on bars at NC State (1/31) with a 9.775 mark
• Earned a career-best 9.875 on vault at New Hampshire (2/8) and tied for event win; also finished second on bars with a 9.825 score
• Finished third on vault against No. 18 Denver (2/13) with a 9.825 score
• Tied for vault win in home quad-meet against Maryland, Rutgers and New Hampshire (2/22) with 9.825 score
• Scored 9.775 on vault at Pitt (2/28), good enough for second place
• Tallied a career-high 9.9 on bars against No. 11 Penn State (3/8) and finished in third place
• Marks of 9.85 and 9.825 on vault and bars, respectively, against Penn and Cornell (3/14) were good enough for first and second place
• Ranked second on team on vault and bars with respective season averages of 9.81 and 9.646 

Club Gymnastics

• Six-year level 10 gymnast at TNT Elite Gymnastics
• Three-time champion at the 2012 Junior Olympic National Championships, finishing first in the all-around, beam and floor
• Finished fourth on bars at the 2010 Region 7 Championships
• 2010 New Jersey State Championships floor champion; also finished fifth on bars and sixth in the all-around 


• Daughter of Dean and Renee Muhammad
• Has one brother and one sister
• Birthday is November 9
• Mom attended Virginia State on a softball scholarship
• Attended Pennsauken High
• Majoring in journalism  
• Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
Year Meets AA Total Points
2017 12 5 400.525
2016 13 4 421.35
2015 12 0 243.175
Career 37 9 1,065.05
Career Highs
Vault 9.9
at Iowa State (2/5/16)
at Alabama (2/14/16)
vs. Denver, Temple and Towson (1/29/17)
Uneven Bars 9.9
vs. Penn State (3/8/15)
at Pitt with Towson and Michigan State (3/3/17) 
Balance Beam 9.875 vs. Iowa State and Maryland (2/26/17)
Floor Exercise 9.95 vs. William & Mary (1/24/16)
All-Around 39.4 vs. Iowa State and Maryland (2/26/17)

Meet the Gymnasts: Zaakira Muhammad

By Alyssa Cantisani | January 03, 2017

Zaakira Muhammad received Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Second Team honors as a sophomore. She also competed in all 13 meets, four as an all-arounder, and earned 421.35 points, the second-best total on the team. Muhammad was ranked No. 31 nationally on vault with a 9.875 RQS.

Muhammad Named Team MVP

By Shannon McNamara | April 20, 2016

West Virginia University sophomore gymnast Zaakira Muhammad was honored with the Linda Burdette-Good Award as the team’s Most Valuable Gymnast at the program’s season-ending banquet on April 19, at the Holiday Inn Morgantown.

Wearing the Jersey: Zaakira Muhammad

By Greg Shock | March 28, 2016

This week's Wearing the Jersey features Zaakira Muhammad of the gymnastics team, presented by WVU Medicine.