Ailing back forces Maty to retire

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Katy Maty played a key role in breaking the record by bringing in a career high in the all-around with a 38.975, which made her the Big West Confernce Gymnast of the Year.

This year she is absent from the lineup because of a career ending back injury.

"It wasn't my decision," Maty said. "I had three doctors tell me that I shouldn't be doing gymnastics anymore. As much as I love gymnastics there is life after gymnastics."

Doctors found three bulging discs that were in a degenerative state in her back.

"I didn't have one fall that caused it," Maty said. "It's been over the years that it has slowly got worse."

"If she had a chance to finish her career here at Fullerton, she would have been among the best to compete as a Titan," coach Lynn Rogers said.

Maty's season last year was cut short because of a knee injury in the conference championships.

"I knew I could have probably made (NCAA Championships)," Maty said. "I was just happy with what happened last year as it was, anything on top of that would have been icing on the cake."

After rigorous summer training her back started hurting.

"After injuring my knee, I worked hard through the summer to come back in the best shape of my life."

Maty plans to stay at Cal State Fullerton and apply to the athletic training program next fall.

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