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    Chad Wiest
    Chad Wiest
    Hometown:
    Butler, Pa.

    High School:
    Moniteau

    Height / Weight:
    5-8 / 170

    Event:
    FX, VT, PB, HB

    Birthdate:
    02/04/1988

    Career Highlights
    Big Ten Champion (Floor, 2011)
    First-Team All-Big Ten (2011)
    Fighting Illini Spirit Award Winner (2011)
    Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
    All-American (Floor, 2010)
    CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2010)
    Academic All-Big Ten (2010)
    Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award (2010)
    All-American (Floor, 2007)
    Pennsylvania State Champion (All-Around, 2006)
    Academic All-American (Junior Olympics Nationals, 2006)

    Redshirt Senior 2011
    Big Ten Floor Champion ... First-team All-Big Ten ... Recorded 17 top-three finishes, including eight individual event titles ... Set new career highs on vault, parallel bars and high bar ... Illinois Spirit Award Winner ... Earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    Redshirt Junior 2010
    Earned second-career All-America honor on floor exercise with a score of 15.725 to finish in third place ... Set a new career high and tied an NCAA season-best score of 16.100 on floor against UIC ... Also was a new school record under the FIG open ended code ... Placed second on floor (15.550) at the Big Ten Team Finals ... Captured first place on floor (15.650) at the Windy City Invitational in his first meet back since breaking his arm at the Big Ten Championships in 2008 ... Won three event titles on the year, all on floor ... In addition to floor, set new career-best scores on vault (15.750), parallel bars (14.450) and high bar (14.300) ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient.

    Redshirt Sophomore 2009
    Did not compete due to injury.

    Sophomore 2008
    Sidelined with injuries throughout the 2008 season ... Saw action at the Windy City Invitational, notching three career highs on the floor (15.450), vault (15.450) and parallel bars (14.300).

    Freshman 2007
    All-American on the floor as he tied for third place at the NCAA Championships, making it four straight years the Illini have had at least one freshman All-American ... Big Ten runner-up on the floor ... His third-place finish on the floor was the highest finish of any Illini during the NCAA Event Finals ... The feat also marked the second-highest overall finish by an Orange and Blue gymnast at the championships behind Wes Haagensen's second-place finish in the all-around ... Carded five event titles on floor, the most on the squad on the apparatus ... Set career bests on vault (9.050) and high bar (8.950) at the NCAA Team Finals ... His mark on vault ranked 10th during NCAA Team Finals, coming just short of advancing him into the NCAA Event Finals ... Notched a career-best score of 9.700 on the floor during the NCAA Qualifiers ... Helped Illinois set a school-record score of 38.450 on the floor at the NCAA Team Finals ... Had 17 top-three finishes between floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar, the second-most on the team ... Competed in every meet on the floor, vault and high bar.

    High School/Club
    Coached by Kevin Hallinan at Butler Gymnastics Club ... Led his club to a state championship during his senior season ... State champion in the all-around in 2006 ... Took the title on vault, floor exercise and parallel bars and finished third in all-around at the regional competition ... Finalist in the all-around at Junior Olympic Nationals ... A regional team member from 2004-06 ... Competed at the Winter Cup in 2005 and 2006 ... At 2005 nationals, finished fifth on floor ... Named MVP and Most Consistent Gymnast by his club team in his final two seasons ... Named first team Academic All-American at Junior Olympic Nationals, while also being on the Honor Roll throughout his high school career.

    Personal
    Born Chad Robert Wiest on Feb. 4, 1988 ... Son of Scott and Shari Wiest ... Has one brother, Scotty, and one sister, Cassie ... Father was an All-American linebacker for Slippery Rock University ... Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing volleyball, horseshoes, swimming and camping with his family ... His biggest thrill in gymnastics is the high he gets when he does a new skill for the first time ... Credits his old coach, Dave McKinnis, as being the most influential person during his athletic career.

    Wiest's Career Highs
    Floor Exercise: 16.100 (vs. UIC, 3/20/10)
    Vault: 15.900 (4x, last at Oklahoma w/ Penn State, 3/19/11)
    Parallel Bars: 15.050 (at NCAA Session I Qualifier, 4/14/11)
    High Bar: 14.500 (at UIC w/ Air Force/Stanford, 3/4/11)

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