Grad Year: 1998
Year Inducted: 2004
Jenna Daum ’98 is one of the most highly decorated women’s gymnasts in Rhode Island College history. She qualified for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships four times and her career-high marks still rank among the all-time leaders in the RIC women’s gymnastics record book.
When Daum finished her career in 1997, she was the RIC record-holder on bars and beam, and was second in the all-around. A native of Newport, she earned All-American honors in two events at the 1996 NCGA Championships. Daum placed fourth in the all-around and tied for second on floor to conclude an outstanding performance. She helped lead the team to the 1996 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship and earned All-ECAC honors on vault, bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.
Daum earned All-American honors once again as a senior in 1996-97, placing sixth on bars. She was All-ECAC on vault and in the all-around as a freshman in 1993-94.
Also while at RIC, Daum was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and later was a committee member for the 1998 NCGA Championships, which were hosted by RIC.
After graduation, Daum worked with Big Brothers of Rhode Island as a case manager, then at the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties as a school-based violence prevention educator, then as a case manager at West Bay Community Action. She is a judge for high school gymnastics and previously was the head coach of girls’ gymnastics at Middletown High School.