Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years
Illinois looking to qualify for third NCAA Championships
Illinois searches for 2nd title in program history
Illinois looks to win their sixth straight in annual event
Illinois scores a 196.3 for the second time this weekend
Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.
2014 - Sophomore: Did not compete ... Won the team's Scholar-Athlete Award ... Received Michael E. Napier award from the ECE department.
2013 - Freshman: Earned a spot in the floor lineup midway through the season, competing in the final six meets of the season, including all three post-season meets ... Set a career high of 9.8 on floor at Missouri and achieved the mark again two days later vs. Ball State & UIC on Senior Day ... Scored a 9.75 at Big Ten's and a 9.7 at the NCAA Championships ... Hit 5-of-6 routines ... Scholastic All-American.
High School/Club: State and Regional qualifier in 2011 ... Recorded a personal best 9.425 on floor at 2011 Regionals ... California Scholarship Federation Member ... Scholar of Distinction ... Principle Scholar ... Awarded Los Gatos High School Science Department Award ... Club team was Pacific West Gymnastics ... Coached by Maria Traggio-Rivera and Leviv Mazilu.
Personal: Daughter of Alan and Marrian Fujinami ... Says she chose Illinois because of the great engineering program and for a chance to extend her gymnastics career ... Majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Tori's Career Highs
Floor: 9.8 (twice, last vs. Ball State & UIC, 3/10/13)
The Fujinami File
How you would describe Illinois'campus in five words or less:Flat and sprawling, yet scenic
Number one thing you learned from your coaches last season:That I need to be more confident in myself.
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals:Initial excitement, utter amazement and awe
Best memory from NCAA Championships:Competing floor
Best memory from LA (outside of competing):Going to the beach
Fondest team activity memory outside of competing:Tubing at Liz's house
Favorite Illini sporting event to attend outside your own: Volleyball
Favorite guilty pleasure food item:Pie, more specifically, homemade fresh berry pie
Favorite gymnastics event to end a meet on:Floor
Favorite opponent to compete against and why:My own teammates for a spot in the line up because it's a friendly competition that helps keep us all motivated to work hard.
Favorite movie from last year: The Hobbit
Favorite hobby outside of sports:Reading or puzzles
Favorite color and number:Purple and 3
Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.):The Lindy Hop
Favorite building on the quad and why: Altgeld Hall because it has character
Favorite vacation spot: Zion National Park
Favorite class you've taken: Physics 212, Physics Electricity and Magnetism
Favorite youtube video: "Kohei Uchimura - Tumbling with GoPro Hero Attached to His Head"
Favorite summertime and winter activity:Summer - hiking; Winter - skiing
What is a hidden talent of yours:Disassembling toys to see how they work.
What is your favorite website to visit: Google because that's the launching point of everything I do on the web.
What are you most proud of:Qualifying for NCAA's with my team
Name 3 things on your future bucket list:Go hang gliding, sky diving, and hike half dome
What is your weirdest quirk: I don't watch any TV whatsoever.
If you could relive one day, what would it be: The day I hiked St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park with both my parents.