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    Andres Saavedra
    Andres Saavedra
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Belleville, N.J.

    High School:
    Belleville

    Height / Weight:
    5-6 / 145

    Position:
    All-Around

    Birthdate:
    12/26/1985

    Career Highlights
    Academic All-Big Ten (2009)
    Pan American Games Participant (2007)
    World Championships Participant (2007)
    South American Games (Vault, 2006)
    Bolivarian Games Medalist (Parallel Bars, 2005)
    World Cup Participant (Vault, 2004)
    South American Games Medalist (Floor, 2003)
    Five-time New Jersey State Champion (All-Around, Floor, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars, High Bar, 2000)

    Senior 2010
    Competed in three meets ... Placed second on vault with a career-high score of 15.950 at Iowa ... Made three appearances on parallel bars, tallying a season-high score of 13.950 at Iowa.

    Junior 2009
    Competed in two meets against Iowa and Illinois-Chicago ... Posted career highs on the floor exercise (14.200) and vault (15.700) ... Claimed his first career event title on the parallel bars with a score of 14.800 against Illinois-Chicago ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    Sophomore 2008
    Competed on four events throughout the season for the Orange and Blue, notching two career highs in the dual meet at Illinois-Chicago with a score of 13.900 on the rings and 14.900 on the parallel bars ... Had a career-high score of 15.550 on vault in the tri-meet with Minnesota and Iowa ... Tallied a career high on floor (14.600), helping advance the Illini to the NCAA Team Finals.

    Freshman 2007
    Earned a career-best score of 8.300 on the pommel horse at the NCAA Qualifiers ... Competed for the Illini on the floor, pommel horse, vault and parallel bars ... Highest finish of the season was second place on the parallel bars (8.800) against UIC ... Recorded two top-three finishes on the year ... In international competition, competed at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janiero and 2007 World Championships in Stuutgart, Germany for his home country of Ecuador.

    High School/Club
    Coached by his father Eduardo at Henderson's Gymnastics Academy ... Has a multitude of international experience for Ecuador, including a third-place finish on floor at the South American Games (2003) ... Placed sixth on vault at the World Cup in 2004 ... Took third on the parallel bars at the 2005 Bolivarian Games ... Qualifier for the 2005 Pan-American Games ... Finished seventh on vault at the 2006 South American Games ... At Belleville High School, was a 2000 state champion in the all-around, floor exercise, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar ... Advanced to the national competition that year where he placed 11th on vault.

    Personal
    Born Andres Eduardo Saavedra on Dec. 26, 1985 ... Son of Eduardo and Maria Saavedra ... Has one older brother, Michael ... His father, Eduardo, also competed on the 1980 Ecuadorian men's gymnastics Olympic team ... Played drums for his local church band and enjoys drawing ... Studying kinesiology ... Credits his family with being the most influential force in his athletic career ... Names his father as the most influential person in his life because he is a hard worker and does not give up when he sets his mind to something.

    Saavedra's Career Highs
    Floor Exercise: 14.600 (at NCAA Team Qualifying, 4/17/08)
    Still Rings: 13.900 (at UIC, 3/15/08)
    Vault: 15.950 (at Iowa, 3/7/10)
    Parallel Bars: 14.900 (at UIC, 3/15/08)

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