2004 - Junior: Was a solid lead-off competitor on balance beam in all 13 meets...Won the team's Most Consistent Beam Award after hitting 13-of-13 routines during the season and counted towards the team score in every meet...Scored 9.800 or better five times, including the final four meets of the season... Posted season-high scores of 9.825 at the State of Illinois Classic to take fourth place and at the Big Ten Championships to finish ninth...Scored 9.800 at the South Central Regional Championships, at Auburn and vs. No. 5 Iowa State...Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2003 - Sophomore: Injuries limited her to only balance beam...Competed on beam at every meet except the season-opener in the Bahamas, primarily in the lead-off position...Scored a season and career high of 9.850 at the State of Illinois Classic on 3/22.
2002 - Freshman: Scored a 9.725 on beam to take third at Auburn...Scored a career-high 9.800 to finish second on beam vs. Pittsburgh and then later equaled that mark at the Illinois State Meet...Set a career high on floor exercise with a 9.800 at the Illinois State Meet...Twice set career-highs on vault with 9.250 scores at the start of the season before concentrating exclusively on beam and floor.
Junior Olympic National Team Member in 1997 and 2000...Region VIII beam, floor and all-around champion in 1999...Florida state beam, floor and all-around champion in 1998...Six-time Level 10 national qualifier, placing in the top-10 on beam four of those years...Also finished in the top-10 at nationals on bars and floor...Tampa Bay Turners club team won the Florida state championship in 1998 and 2001...Also a member of Region VIII national champion team in 2001...Coached by Brad Harris and Mary Linnemeyer.
Daughter of Phil and Mary Jane Dann...Graduated from high school with high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society...Credits her coaches, parents, uncle Pat and family for having the biggest influence on her athletic career.
Getting to know Margaret
Nickname: Madge or Dano
Favorite Movie: Garden State
Favorite Movie Quote: "Shut your piehole and listen to me when I say that I am finished with the checking-of-the-bags conversation!" - Meet the Parents
Favorite Sports Movie: Varsity Blues
Favorite TV Show: The O.C.
Favorite Bands: Dave Matthews Band and Yellowcard
Favorite Book: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Excluding Gymnasts, who is your favorite Illini athlete? Dee Brown
At what age did you start gymnastics? 3
Any pre-meet superstitions? I wear Illini socks before meets
What is your favorite place on campus? The Quad
Who is your dream date? Brad Pitt
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? Trading Spaces or Real World
I have been told I look like: My mom
The funniest person on the team is: Cara Pomeroy
My best memory as an Illini is: Hanging out with the team at our apartment and playing DDR for hours.
Three words that describe me are: Fun, caring and nice
I chose Illinois because: It's a great university, has a great athletics program and I loved it here
Dann's career highs
Vault - 9.250 twice, last vs. Ill. St., 1/19/02
Beam - 9.850 at State of Illinois Classic, 3/23/03
Floor - 9.800 at Ill. St. Meet, 3/16/02