Men's Gymnastics


Kyle Padera
Kyle Padera

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Winfield, Ill.

High School:
Wheaton North

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 155

Position:
Student Assistant

Birthdate:
10/27/1986

Career Highlights
Academic All-Big Ten (2008-09)
CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2006-08)
IHSA State Champion (All-Around, 2005)

Senior 2009
Scored 13.850 on the rings against Iowa in his only action of the season ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Junior 2008
Competed at the Windy City Invitational and against Iowa on the rings and vault ... Set career highs in the dual against Iowa on the rings (14.000) and vault (15.000) ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

Sophomore 2007
Recorded a career-high score of 7.800 on the rings at the Windy City Invitational ... Saw limited action but competed at the Windy City Invitational and against Minnesota on the vault and rings ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... 2007 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Freshman 2006
Competed twice on the rings and three times on vault ... Set a career-high on vault with a score of 9.000 against Illinois-Chicago ... George Huff Award winner.

High School/Club
Competed on the state championship team at Wheaton North ... Member of the national champion Illinois team ... 2005 IHSA all-around champion ... Coached by Chris McKee ... Competed for the Midwest Academy & Bartlett Gymnastics Club.

Personal
Born Kyle Garrett Padera on October 27, 1986 ... Son of Craig and Ellen Padera ... Has two sisters, Nikki and Kelly, and one brother, C.J., who is a sophomore on the Illinois gymnastics team ... Cites celebrating as his biggest thrill in sports ... Majoring in history ... Fighting Illini hero growing up was former Illini Chris McKee.

Padera's Career Highs
Still Rings: 14.000 (Iowa, 3/1/08)
Vault: 15.000 (Iowa, 3/1/08)

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