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    Carolyn Cozza
    Carolyn Cozza

    Western Springs, Ill.

    High School:
    Lyons Township



    Flying High Gymnastics


    2012 Women's Gymnastics Season Preview

    Illini Boast No. 15 Preseason Ranking Following Best Season in School History


    2012 - Freshman: Did not compete.

    High School/Club: Two-time Level 10 Regional Qualifier in 2010-11 ... Two-time Level 9 Regional Qualifier in 2008-09 ... Placed third on bars in 2009 and 13th on the event in 2010 at regionals ... Placed third on vault and floor at the 2011 IHSA state meet and contributed to a second place team finish ... Placed fifth on vault at the 2010 IHSA state meet ... Took 12th on beam and 17th in the all-around at the 2010 JO State Championship ... Named high school's team MVP and earned the Sportsmanship Award in 2011 ... Received the Robert C. Burson Memorial Scholarship Award for accomplishments in academics and athletics and the Illinois American Legion Scholarship Award in 2011 ... Was on the honor roll all four years ... Member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Honor Society.

    Personal: Born Sept. 20, 1993 ... Daughter of Lynn and Phil Cozza ... Has two sisters, Catherine and Michelle ... Says she chose Illinois because "of the beautiful campus, outstanding academics, and great athletics." ... Majoring in business.

    The Cozza File
    Nickname: Care, Coz
    Favorite place on campus: The Quad
    Best memory as an Illini: My first day of practice and becoming a part of the team
    Best part about Kenney Gym: I like how the gym has so many windows
    Being a Fighting Illini means: Being dedicated to the orange and blue, having the motivation and determination to contribute to the success of the team, and getting the opportunity to represent the University of Illinois as a student-athlete
    Funniest teammate: Sunny
    Best dressed teammate: Hannah
    Something I have to bring on every road trip: My iPod
    Pre-meet superstitions: I have to eat pasta the night before
    Favorite events: Vault and Bars
    Favorite athlete: Shawn Johnson
    Favorite Illini athlete: Andrea DeAngelis (Swimming)
    Favorite all-time gymnast: Shawn Johnson
    Favorite sports team: Chicago White Sox
    Favorite movie: The Notebook
    Favorite TV shows: Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Saturday Night Live
    Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Favorite food: Any fruit
    Favorite cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios
    Favorite ice cream: Cookies and cream
    Favorite restaurants: Noodles & Co. and Benihana
    Favorite bands: Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, All Time Low, The Script
    Mac or PC: PC
    Dream Job: Start my own business
    Unique or quirky habit: I have to have a piece of gum every morning
    Celebrity I look like: Anne Hathaway
    Cartoon character that best describes me: Mickey Mouse
    Super power I would most like to have: Ability to time travel
    What I make most often in the kitchen: Spaghetti
    Person I would most like to spend a day with: Taylor Swift
    If I weren't a gymnast, I would play: Soccer
    Three words that describe me are: Happy, driven, hard-working
    Career Plans: Become a CPA

    Updated May 2012

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