Teressa Noelle Zientek was born on December 21, 1998 in Freehold, New Jersey. She is the youngest of three children to Mark and Lynn Zientek and she has one older brother, Mark and one older sister, Ruthann. Tessie is a senior at Holmdel High School and she will graduate in 2017.
Tessie cried to do gymnastics for months, so her mom finally signed her up for her sixth birthday. She was taking dance at the time and really did not like it too much. By third class of gymnastics, Tessie did cartwheels on the high beam and there was no turning back. Tessie trained at Monmouth Gymnastics (MG Elite) between 2010-2014.
In 2007, Tessie was the New Jersey Level 4 All-Around and Beam Champion. One year later as a level 5 gymnast, she placed fourth on balance beam at the State Championships. She started competing as a level 8 gymnast by the 2010 season. She placed second in the all-around at the Rutgers Color Games and placed third on vault at the Parkettes Invitational. She repeated level 8 in 2011 where she had a great meet at the State Championships, finishing first on floor exercise and in the all-around. At the Level 8 Regionals, she placed fifth in the all-around and third on uneven bars.
Tessie moved up to level 9 for the 2012 season. She placed third in the all-around and second on uneven bars at the Star Struck Invitational. At the Manhattan Classic, she placed first in the all-around as well as second on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Tessie grabbed gold medals on vault, uneven bars and in the all-around at the Fantasia Classic. At the State Championships, Tessie placed eighth in the all-around and first on uneven bars. She qualified to the Eastern Nationals after finishing sixth in the all-around and second on vault at the Regionals. At the Easterns, she placed impressive seventh in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars and balance beam.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2013, she placed second in the all-around and first on uneven bars at the Christmas City Classic. At the Rutgers Color Games, she grabbed gold medals on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around. She then placed second in the all-around and first on balance beam at the Maryland Classic. Tessie won the floor exercise title at the Manhattan Classic. At the Fantasia Classic, she had a great meet where she placed first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.075. Tessie finished ninth in the all-around, fifth on vault and fourth on uneven bars at the State Championships. Tessie qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals after finishing sixth in the all-around and third on uneven bars at the Region 7 Championships.
In 2014, Tessie finished third in the all-around and second on uneven bars and floor exercise at the Optional Fantasia Classic. At the State Championships she earned a silver medal on uneven bars. In the summer of 2014, Tessie started training at Will-Moor Gymnastics. Tessie missed 2015 season due to an injury. In 2016, Tessie finished earned a bronze medal on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 7 Championships, she placed eighth in the all-around and seventh on floor exercise. She was the first alternate for the Junior Olympic Nationals.
Tessie trains over 27 hours per week at Will-Moor Gymnastics in New Jersey training under coaches Kim Bonus, Jean Kane and Juan Agudelo. She would like to continue gymnastics at the NCAA Division 1 college level.