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    Alex Varga
    Alex Varga
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Glen Ellyn, Ill.

    High School:
    Wheaton Academy

    Height / Weight:
    5-7 / 140

    Event:
    FX, VT

    Birthdate:
    05/27/1992

    12/06/2013

    Illinois Gymnastics Set for Orange & Blue Exhibition

    Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.

    08/07/2013

    Eleven Illini Garner All-America Scholar-Athlete Honor

    Illinois' 3.11 Team GPA Ranks Ninth-Best Nationally

    07/10/2013

    43 Illini Honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

    Student-Athletes with GPAs of 3.7 or Higher Earn Special Recognition

    04/29/2013

    Paul, Weinstein Receive Top Honor at Scholar-Athlete Reception

    Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor

    04/17/2013

    #7 Illini Ready to Defend Title at NCAA Championships

    April 19-21, 2013 // University Park, Pa. // Recreation Building

    04/06/2013

    2013 Big Ten Championships

    Freshman Fred Hartville won the Big Ten vault title, and sophomore Mike Wilner finished second on rings.

    03/23/2013

    Illinois vs. Nebraska (Senior Day)

    The No. 6 Illini suffered a 425.400-424.250 loss to No. 11 Nebraska on March 23.

    03/09/2013

    Illinois vs. Minnesota (Match Play)

    The Illini took down Minnesota, 21-9, in a match play meet on March 8, 2013.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Team co-MVP (2013)
    • Team Scholar-Athlete Award winner (2013)
    • CGA All-American Scholar-Athlete (2012)
    • Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 13)
    • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2012, 13)
    • Junior Olympics National Qualifier
    • Junior Olympics National Semifinalist (17th on Vault, 22nd on Floor Exercise)
    • Two-time Region V Bronze Medalist (Vault)
    • Four-time First-Team USAG Academic All-American (2006-10)

    Varga's Career Highs
    Floor Exercise: 15.400, twice (last at Big Ten Team Finals, 4/5/13)
    Vault: 15.050 (at NCAA Team Finals 4/20/12)

    2014 // Senior
    Had five top-five finishes during the regular season ... Set season high on vault at Nebraska Invitational (14.750).

    2013 // Junior
    Won the floor exercise at UIC ... Earned the team's MVP honor, along with Fred Hartville ... Earned the Scholar-Athlete Award at the team's postseason banquet ... Competed in 13 meets on floor exercise and 11 meets on the vault ... Posted eight top-five finishes on the floor and two top-five finishes on the vault ... Set a career-best floor score (15.400) at both the Metroplex Challenge and the Big Ten Team Finals ... Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recognition for earned a minimum of 3.7 GPA over the 2012-13 academic year ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    2012 // Sophomore
    Competed in nine meets ... Recorded three top-five finishes, including a win on vault at Iowa ... Replaced his career high on vault during NCAA Team Finals ... Earned team Scholar-Athlete Award ... Fighting Illini Outstanding Scholar-Athlete for highest GPA among sophomore athletes at Illinois ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.

    2011 // Freshman

    Recorded eight top-five finishes ... Secured his first-career event title on vault with a career-high score of 16.000 against UIC ... Earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the week of March 28.

    High School/Club
    Graduate of Wheaton Academy ... Junior Olympics national qualifier ... Junior Olympics national semifinalist on floor exercise (22nd) and vault (17th) ... Two-time Region V bronze medalist on vault ... Was a member of Aerial Gymnastics Club ... Three-year varsity letterwinner and all-conference in soccer ... Was captain of the team his senior year ... Member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... Four-time first-team USAG Academic All-American ... 2010 AP Scholar and Illinois State Scholar.

    Personal
    Born Alex Morgan Varga on May 27, 1992 ... Son of Steven and Barbara Dill-Varga ... Majoring in business ... Hobbies include playing guitar, soccer, photography, golf and snowboarding ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as hitting on vault in a competition ... Favorite athlete is Ronaldinho because he is the definition of "Jogo Bonito" ... Names club coaches Tim O'Connell and Rich Larsen as most influencing his athletic career because "they never set a limit on what they believed I could do" ... Illini heroes growing up were current men's gymnastics coach Justin Spring and former men's basketball player Dee Brown ... Will begin a career in investment banking after graduation.

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