Women's Gymnastics


Gabriella Nguyen
Gabriella Nguyen

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Goshen, Ind.

High School:
Lincoln Park

Height:
5-1

Event:
All-Around

Club:
Legacy Elite

12/05/2012

Illini Gymnasts to Host Orange & Blue Exhibition

Nationally ranked men, women debut talent at Huff Hall

01/12/2012

2012 Women's Gymnastics Season Preview

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

AT ILLINOIS

2014 - Junior: Did not compete.

2013 - Sophomore: Did not compete.

2012 - Freshman: Did not compete.

High School/Club: Placed eighth on bars, 10th on floor and 14th in the all-around at the 2011 JO Level 10 Regional Championships ... Took third in the all-around and on vault, fifth on beam, sixth on bars and eighth on floor at the 2009 Level 9 Eastern National Championships ... Finished sixth in the all-around and on bars and beam at the 2009 Level 9 Regional Championships ... Won the all-around and came in second on beam, fifth on floor and sixth on vault and bars at the 2009 Level 9 Indiana State Championships ... Was an Illinois State Scholar and Presidential Scholar along with earning academic honors ... Competed for Legacy Elite ... Club coaches were Jiani Wu and Yuejiu Li.

Personal: Born July 12, 1993 ... Daughter of Dzung and Francoise Nguyen ... Has one brother, Michael ... Says she chose Illinois because "of the reputation for academic excellence, the team unity, and the comfort of being close to home." ... Majoring in Kinesiology.


The
Nguyen File

How you would describe Illinois' campus in five words or less: Full of spirit, pride & diversity

Fondest memory of Kenney Gym: Just walking in after a long break and feeling at home.

Number one thing you learned from your coaches last season: We can always strive to be better.

What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: I was so incredibly proud of my team and all the hard work that came before this moment.

Best memory from NCAA Championships:Being in such an amazing facility with other incredible teams.

Best memory from LA (outside of competing):Spending the day at Santa Monica Beach with my teammates and all our families.

What recent alum you miss the most and what you learned from her: I miss Jaclyn the most. She taught me and constantly reminds me to fight for what I want and to never give up or let anyone stop me from achieving what I want.

Fondest team activity memory outside of competing: Anytime we are hanging out together something new funny happens. We have too many memories for me to just choose one!

Favorite Illini sporting event to attend outside your own: Men's Basketball or Men's Tennis

Favorite guilty pleasure food item: Ice cream

Favorite gymnastics event to end a meet on: Floor

Favorite opponent to compete against and why: Any team with my old club teammates on it. It's always fun to be reunited with them at college meets.

Favorite movie from last year: Pitch Perfect

Favorite show on TV right now: Pretty Little Liars

Favorite hobby outside of sports:Any kind of crafts

Favorite color and number:Pink and 10

Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Gas Pedal

Favorite building on the quad and why:The union because it's a great place to study both inside or outside and it has almost anything you need in it.

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with nice weather and a beach.

Favorite class you've taken and why: Communication 101 because it was so different from my normal kinesiology classes which are big lectures and I got to know every person in my class.

Favorite person to follow on twitter and why: Sports Motivation because they always have really good motivational and inspirational quotes.

Favorite summertime and winter activity: In the summertime I love doing anything outside especially spending time by the pool or tubing on a lake. In the winter I love playing in the snow when we do get it!

Dream you would like to accomplish in your lifetime: Become a Physicians Assistant and start a family.

What is a hidden talent of yours: I can do this thing with my tongue that sounds like a frog croaking.

3 things you could not function without: my phone, music, and the support of my family

Funny memory of one of your teammates: Amber came to my apartment wearing a scary old man mask and stood outside my window banging on it. After we stopped screaming, all the girls in my apartment got a good laugh from it for a few days!

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