Women's Gymnastics

Marijka Botterman
Marijka Botterman

New Lenox, Ill.

High School:
Lincoln-Way Central





Illinois Big Ten Championship Photos

Photos from the Big Ten Championship at Huff Hall on March 21. (photos by Cary Frye)


Big Ten Championship Friday Photos

Photos from Friday's Press Conference and Banquet at the 2009 Big Ten Championships in Champaign.


Mixed Pairs Photos

Photos from the Mixed Pairs Gymnastics Meet on Dec. 7, 2008 (Photos by Cary Frye)


Missouri Meet (March 8)

Missouri Meet (March 8)


State of Illinois Classic (March 22)

State of Illinois Classic (March 22)

2009 - Senior: Named Second Team All-Big Ten ... Set the Illinois vault record with a 9.950 on Jan. 31 at Ohio State, breaking the old mark of 9.925 that she already shared ... Took third on bars with a career-high 9.900, seventh on vault (9.85), and eighth on floor (9.85) at the West Regional ... Posted a career-best 9.900 on floor at the Big Ten Championships to finish fifth ... Won the all-around crown at the State of Illinois Classic with a career-high 39.350 ... Recorded eight individual titles on the season (VT-5, UB-2, AA-1) and 15 top-3 finishes ... Hit 42 of 46 routines on the season, including a perfect 14-for-14 on vault ... Finished the regular season ranked 21st in the nation on vault ... Scored at least a 9.800 on every vault in 2009 ... Set or tied her career-high in all four events and the all-around ... Voted as the team's Most Valuable and Most Outstanding Gymnast...Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2008 - Junior: Competed at least three events in 11 of 13 meets, including all-around at both the Big Ten and Regional Championships ... At her best at the end of the season, finishing 10th in the all-around at the South Central Regional ... Finished eighth in the all-around (39.025) and 10th on both vault (9.800) and beam (9.800) at the Big Ten Championships...Had eight top-three finishes on the season ... Took second on vault (9.825) in the four-team State of Illinois Classic on March 22 ... Placed second on bars (9.825) and floor with a career-high 9.800 at Illinois Chicago ... Academic All-Big Ten and Illinois Scholastic All-State selection.

2007 - Sophomore: Competed all-around in every meet...Won four individual titles on the year (two on vault and two in the all-around) and had 15 top-three finishes ... Was a double winner vs. UIC on 3/17, taking the all-around (39.025) and vault (9.875) titles while helping the Illini set a school team vault record (49.125) ... Helped the Illini upset #16 Auburn by claiming second in the all-around with a career-high 39.225, the top AA score for an Illini during the season ... Scored a career-high 9.900 to win the vault against Auburn, the top vault score on the season for an Illini...Also set career-highs on bars (9.875) and floor (9.775) ... Recorded nine career individual titles in her first two seasons (four on vault, one on bars, four in the all-around) ... Named Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten selection and Illinois Scholastic All State selection.

2006 - Freshman: Placed sixth on vault at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 9.775 ... Competed on vault, bars and beam in every meet, and competed in the all-around eight times ... Recorded five individual titles (two on vault, one on bars and two in the all-around) ... Put up personal-best scores to win vault (9.875) and beam (9.825) at Illinois-Chicago, leading Illinois to victory ... Won all-around titles at Ohio State (38.700) and vs. Michigan State (38.850), a career high, and also posted a career-high of 9.775 on bars ... George Huff Award recipient and Illinois Scholastic All State selection.

High School/Club: Four-time Junior Olympic National qualifier...Placed first with the Region V team at the 2005 National Championships ... 2005 fifth-place Regional finish ... The 2005 state champion on beam (9.45)...Placed second on bars, floor and the all-around and third on vault at the 2005 state championships ... Coached by Glen Willmeng, Jim Fedrickson and Dana Edeus ... Competed for Gym-Kinetics Gymnastics club.

Personal: Daughter of Hank and Laurie Botterman ... Older sister, Danye, is a former member of the Fighting Illini Women's Gymnastics team (2004-07) and younger sister, Kylee, is a sophomore gymnast at the University of Michigan ... Says she chose Illinois because she "loved the girls and coaches and it felt like a family away from home, even though home is so close" ... Majoring in speech communications ... High honor roll student.

Marijka's Career Highs
Vault: 9.950 (2/15/09)
Bars: 9.900 (4/4/09)
Beam: 9.825 (twice, last 3/14/09)
Floor: 9.900 (3/21/09)
All-Around: 39.350 (3/14/09)

Individual Titles
Vault: 9
Bars: 3
All-Around: 5
Total: 17

The Botterman File
Favorite place on campus: The stadium during a football game. The crowd's energy and sea of orange makes me proud to be an Illini
Favorite TV show: Chelsea Lately
Favorite movie quote: "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return" -Mulan Rouge
Favorite skill to watch: Cara Pomeroy's jaeger
Funniest Teammate: Sarah Schmidt; she should probably be in a circus
Secret talent of a teammate: I think Kim Kruk can read my mind
Favorite athlete: Dominique Dawes
Something people don't know about me: I'm scared of the dark
If I was on a reality show it would be: A clip in America's Funniest Home Videos
Favorite activity outside gymnastics: Extreme Carpet Sliding with Uncle Brian
Plans after Illinois: Move to Chi-town

Updated August 2009