2000-01: Won the team's Most Valuable Gymnast award for making his comeback to gymnastics after breaking his neck from a high bar accident in high school ... Ended his career at Illinois in the high bar event prelims, scoring a 9.00 for 12th place ... Scored an 8.85 on high bar and a season-high 8.60 on parallel bars at the NCAA Championships ... At the Big Ten Championships, placed third on high bar with a 9.1125 in the event finals while scoring an 8.75 on floor during the team competition ... Took fourth on high bar at the Santa Barbara Invitational with a score of 9.05, a season high ... In the home finale against Iowa, received an 8.70 on floorPlaced second on floor with a 8.80 while setting a new season-high of 9.05 on high bar against Stanford/Arizona State ... Scored a season-high 8.85 on floor and an 8.95 on high bar at UCLA Invite ... Took fifth place on floor with an 8.55, high bar with an 8.90 and parallel bars against UIC ... Placed third on high bar (8.95) and fourth on floor (8.85) against Ohio State ... Won high bar at Michigan State/Illinois-Chicago with a 9.00 and tied for ninth on floor (8.50) ... Opened the season by placing fifth on floor and sixth on parallel bars against Minnesota.
Meet AA FX PH SR VT PB HB Minnesota -- 8.50 -- -- -- 8.45 -- @ MSU/UIC -- 8.50 -- -- -- -- 9.00 Ohio State -- 8.85 -- -- -- -- 8.95 UIC -- 8.50 -- -- -- 8.05 8.90 @ UCLA -- 8.85 -- -- -- -- 8.95 @ Stan/ASU -- 8.80 -- -- -- 8.40 9.05 Iowa -- 8.70 -- -- -- -- 7.30 @ UCSB -- 8.65 -- -- -- -- 9.05 @ Big Tens -- 8.75 -- -- -- -- 9.00 @ Big Ten Event Finals -- -- -- -- -- 9.1125 @ NCAAs -- 8.30 -- -- -- 8.60 8.85 @ NCAA Event Prelims -- -- -- -- -- 9.00
1999-2000: Competed in every meet on floor and contributed on parallel bars and high bar. Took 15th on floor at Big Tens with a score of 9.55. Posted a 9.50 on floor at NCAA Championships. Scored a 9.35 on floor and 8.45 on parallel bars at UIC dual. Broke a personal best on floor with a 9.65 at the Windy City Invite. Received a 9.45 at Minnesota, against Michigan State and at Ohio State on floor. Placed second on floor at Minnesota. Against Michigan, took fourth place on floor and scored a season-best 9.05 on parallel bars and a 9.30 on high bar.
1998-99: Final rank was 19th in the nation on floor. Scored a career-high 9.40 on high bar for 25th place at the East Regionals. Made the event finals on floor at the Big Ten Championships with a career-high 9.60, placed 11th in finals. Scored a 9.40 on floor at Santa Barbara. Placed third on floor with another career-tying mark of 9.550. Tied a career-high 9.55 floor performance for fifth place and scored a 9.250 on high bar against Ohio State. Placed fourth on floor with a 9.450 against Minnesota. Won the floor exercise against UIC with a score of 9.50. Also at UIC, placed fifth on high bar with a 9.30 score. Placed fifth on floor with a 9.450 against Iowa. Scored a 9.30 on floor, placing eighth at Michigan State. Placed 14th with a mark of 9.30 on the high bar at the Windy City Invitational.
1997-98: Was named the Illini's Most Improved Gymnast. Competed in 11 meets for the Illini, mostly in the high bar event. Placed 18th on the floor exercise at the Big Ten Championships. Recorded a career-best 9.55 on floor exercise at the Santa Barbara Invitational. Had a season-high of 9.20 in the pommel horse at the NCAA Regionals. Twice scored a 9.35 in the high bars (once at the NCAA Championships).
High School: Won the still rings title and placed third in the all-around at the Region I Championships in '97. Finished second in the all-around at the California State Championships in '97. At the '97 Junior Olympic Nationals, he placed 20th in the all-around. Graduated from high school with honors. Received the gold medallion in high school, symbolizing the Auto and Industrial award. Member of the California Suns Gymnastics club program.
Personal: Son of Dwight and Kathy Ham. Battled back from a potential career-ending injury after breaking his neck on a high bar routine during his junior year in high school. Was told by doctors he would never walk again, but worked hard to return to competition the following year.