Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
Illinois' 3.11 Team GPA Ranks Ninth-Best Nationally
Student-Athletes with GPAs of 3.7 or Higher Earn Special Recognition
Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor
April 19-21, 2013 // University Park, Pa. // Recreation Building
Freshman Fred Hartville won the Big Ten vault title, and sophomore Mike Wilner finished second on rings.
The No. 6 Illini suffered a 425.400-424.250 loss to No. 11 Nebraska on March 23.
The Illini took down Minnesota, 21-9, in a match play meet on March 8, 2013.
2013 // Junior
Won the floor exercise at UIC ... Earned the team's MVP honor, along with Fred Hartville ... Earned the Scholar-Athlete Award at the team's postseason banquet ... Competed in 13 meets on floor exercise and 11 meets on the vault ... Posted eight top-five finishes on the floor and two top-five finishes on the vault ... Set a career-best floor score (15.400) at both the Metroplex Challenge and the Big Ten Team Finals ... Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recognition for earned a minimum of 3.7 GPA over the 2012-13 academic year ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2012 // Sophomore
Competed in nine meets ... Recorded three top-five finishes, including a win on vault at Iowa ... Replaced his career high on vault during NCAA Team Finals ... Earned team Scholar-Athlete Award ... Fighting Illini Outstanding Scholar-Athlete for highest GPA among sophomore athletes at Illinois ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
2011 // Freshman
Recorded eight top-five finishes ... Secured his first-career event title on vault with a career-high score of 16.000 against UIC ... Earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the week of March 28.
Graduate of Wheaton Academy ... Junior Olympics national qualifier ... Junior Olympics national semifinalist on floor exercise (22nd) and vault (17th) ... Two-time Region V bronze medalist on vault ... Was a member of Aerial Gymnastics Club ... Three-year varsity letterwinner and all-conference in soccer ... Was captain of the team his senior year ... Member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... Four-time first-team USAG Academic All-American ... 2010 AP Scholar and Illinois State Scholar.
Born Alex Morgan Varga on May 27, 1992 ... Son of Steven and Barbara Dill-Varga ... Majoring in business ... Hobbies include playing guitar, soccer, photography, golf and snowboarding ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as hitting on vault in a competition ... Favorite athlete is Ronaldinho because he is the definition of "Jogo Bonito" ... Names club coaches Tim O'Connell and Rich Larsen as most influencing his athletic career because "they never set a limit on what they believed I could do" ... Illini heroes growing up were current men's gymnastics coach Justin Spring and former men's basketball player Dee Brown ... Will begin a career in investment banking after graduation.
Varga's Career Highs
Floor Exercise: 15.400, twice (last at Big Ten Team Finals, 4/5/13)
Vault: 15.050 (at NCAA Team Finals 4/20/12)