Zaakira Muhammad

Zaakira Muhammad

AA | Sr. | 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 14 7 478.8875
2016 13 4 421.35
2015 12 0 243.175
Career 39 11 1,143.4125
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)

Muhammad Repeats as Team MVP

By Shannon McNamara | April 19, 2017

Newly crowned All-American Zaakira Muhammad earned the West Virginia University gymnastics team’s Linda Burdette-Good Award as the team’s Most Valuable Gymnast for the second straight year at the program’s 2017 season banquet on April 18, at the Courtyard by Marriott Morgantown.

Muhammad Nabs Records, All-America Honors

By Shannon McNamara | April 14, 2017

West Virginia University gymnastics junior Zaakira Muhammad tallied 39.0375 and finished 15th in the all-around tonight in the second semifinal session of the 2017 NCAA National Championships at Chaifetz Arena.

Competing with Confidence

By Shannon McNamara | April 14, 2017

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It took a few days for the news to sink in for Zaakira Muhammad. The junior gymnast knew she had competed well in front of the home crowd at the WVU Coliseum at the 2017 NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships on April 1. She smiled when her name was called during the award ceremony, and she waved to her friends and family when she received a bouquet of flowers for her 39.325, fourth-place finish in the all-around.