2004 - RS Senior: Pommel horse and vault specialist competed eight times on the season...Shattered his old pommel horse career-high (9.100) with a 9.500 performance at the Big Ten Championships to advance to the event finals, where he finished sixth with a score of 8.475...Had a great NCAA Championships weeks where he posted pommel horse scores of 9.100 in the Qualifying round and 9.375 in the Team Finals, and a career-high vault score of 9.050 in the Team Finals...His horse and vault scores at the Team Finals helped the Illini to school records on both events...Was voted Most Improved Gymnast by his teammates at the annual post-season banquet.
2003 - RS Junior: Competed in all but one pommel horse event all year with a season high of 8.7, which came at the NCAA individual finals... Earned a varsity letter for the third year.
2002 - RS Sophomore: Scored career highs of 9.050 on the pommel horse and 9.000 on the still rings at Illinois-Chicago to take second on both events...Scored a career-high 9.050 on the vault against Minnesota to take sixth place...Tied his career high of 9.000 on the still rings at the UCLA invitational... Competed on the pommel horse and still rings at the Big Ten Championships.
2001 - RS Freshman: Scored an 8.45 on pommels at the NCAA Championships ... Placed 21st with a season high 8.70 on pommel horse at the Big Ten Championships at Penn State ... Scored an 8.35 on pommels at the Santa Barbara Invitational ... Received an 8.50 on pommel horse for sixth place against Iowa ... Scored an 8.40 on pommel horse against Stanford/Arizona State ... Took ninth against Michigan State/UIC on pommel horse with an 8.05 ... Placed 11th on pommel horse at No. 1 Michigan with a 7.60 in his first collegiate performance.
2000 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2000 season.
High School/Club: Missouri all-around state champion in 1999 ... Was named the Athlete of the Month at DeSmet Jesuit High School ... Club coaches were Louhu Gu and Guonian Wu ... Also lettered in wrestling and tennis.
Personal: Michael Stephen Filla was born on Jan. 20, 1981 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Parents are Joseph and Linda Filla ... Majoring in English ... Claims that the tremendous performances of the 1996 Olympians most influenced his athletic career.
Filla's career highs
PH - 9.500 at Big Ten Championships, 3/19/04
SR - 9.000 at UIC, 2/10/02; at UCLA Inv., 2/21/02
VT - 9.050 - twice, last at NCAA Team Finals, 4/3/04