2005 - RS Senior: Team tri-captain
2004 - RS Junior: Competed on rings in all but one meet for the Illini, setting a career-high of 9.000 at Ohio State...Posted solid rings scores of 8.875 and 8.925 during the NCAA Qualifier and Team Finals...Also competed on high bar at the final four meets, setting a career-high of 8.450 on two occasions, at Oklahoma and at the Big Ten Championships...Earned third varsity letter.
2003 - RS Sophomore: Earned new career highs in the floor exercise, still rings, vault and high bar... Career high for floor exercise came versus Oklahoma with a 9.0, which was good for fourth place... 8.875 was the career high in the still rings versus Oklahoma... 8.9 set a new career high in the vault versus Penn State and Iowa... Tied for fifth at UIC with a career high score on the high bar of 8.25... Competed in every floor exercise event all year, and all but one time in the still rings... Highest finish was fourth (two times), both of which came in the floor exercise, once at UIC and the other versus Oklahoma... Awarded Illinois' Most Improved gymnast.
2002 - RS Freshman: Competed in four events at Illinois-Chicago setting career highs on the floor exercise (8.150), still rings (8.200), and high bar (6.900)...Competed on the floor exercise and vault at the NCAA championships, establishing a new career high on the vault with a score of 8.400.
2001 - Freshman: Member of UI squad...Redshirted.
High School/Club: Four-year letterwinner at Glenbard West...Coached by Steve Kafka, Chris McKee, Kevin Chope and Ron Nasti...State qualifier as a sophomore...Placed ninth on high bar during junior year...Took second on high bar, third on parallel bars and fourth on vault his senior year...Was named to the High School National team...Competed club at Midwest Academy of Gymnastics...Qualified for the USA National meet his first year as a level one and first year competing in USA Gymnastics...Took first in the Illinois State USA Gymnastics meet.
Personal: Nickolas Hand was born on Oct. 27, 1981...The son of James and Stephanie Hand...Says his uncle Ross influenced his athletic career most by being a perfectionist...Majoring in Painting...Favorite athlete is John Roethlisburger for his work ethic and dedication...Says his biggest thrill in sports was being ahead of Mundelein at the state meet.
Hand's career highs
FX - 9.000 vs. Oklahoma, 3/15/03
SR - 9.000 at Ohio State, 1/31/04
VT - 8.900 vs. Iowa & PSU, 3/1/03
HB - 8.450 - twice, last at Big Ten Championships, 3/19/04