2002: Shared the team’s “Most Outstanding Gymnast” honor with Ashley Williams and recieved the “Most Consistent Beam Award” for the second year in a row...Competed at the NCAA Region 3 Championships for the third straight year with her best finish 12th in the all-around (38.275)...Won the beam (9.850) and the floor (9.775) at Auburn the second meet of the year...Scored a 9.750 on the floor to take first vs. Illinois State...Won the floor for the third week in a row by scoring a 9.825 vs. Michigan State...Won the beam in back to back meets at UIC and Ohio State with scores of 9.850 and 9.800, respectively...Later won the beam in three consecutive meets at Iowa (9.800), SEMO (9.825), and at the Illinois State Meet with a season-high score of 9.900....Won the floor exercise vs. Pittsburgh with a 9.850 and later won it at the Illinois State Meet with a career high 9.875...Finished second in the all-around four-times with her best performance a 39.075 at Ohio State...Named Academic All-Big Ten and a Scholastic All-American.
2001: Named the team's “Most Outstanding Gymnast” and won the “Most Consistent Beam Award” by her teammates...Scored a 39.000 to finish sixth in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships ... Competed at the NCAA Region 3 Championships with her highest finish a tie for 15th on the floor exercise (9.825) ... Recorded the third-best all-around score in school history, a 39.275, to finish third against Iowa ... Scored a 9.925 on the balance beam four times, which ties for the second-best score in school history ... Set personal records with a 9.675 on the vault against Iowa and a 9.850 on the uneven bars against Penn State ... Led the Illini with a 9.900 to take second place on the beam in the season opener against Penn State ... Tied for first on the beam against Ohio State (9.925) ... Finished second on the beam against UIC (9.875) ... Scored a 9.900 to win the beam competition at Pittsburgh ... Tied for first on the balance beam at the Cal State-Fullerton triangular meet (9.925) ... Tied for first on the beam at the Illinois State Meet (9.875) ... Tied for seventh on the beam at the Big Ten Championships (9.825)...Named Academic All-Big Ten.
2000: Scored a 9.750 to win the balance beam in her first collegiate competition … Won the beam against Michigan State with a score of 9.875 … Won the beam with a score of 9.850 at Iowa … Set a career high by scoring a 9.875 on the beam at Denver … Qualified for the beam competition at the NCAA Region 3 Championships … Also participated on the uneven bars and floor exercise during the season.
High School: Four-time national qualifier. Placed ninth on bars, 11th on beam and 16th all-around at the 1999 nationals in Austin, Texas…1999 Florida state champion on both floor and beam…1999 regional all-around and bar champion … Competed for the Tampa Bay Turners club team in Florida…Named the N.A.W.G.J. Outstanding Senior in the state of Florida in 1999…Graduated fourth in her class… Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Thomas and Mary Gallagher … Majoring in Management Information Systems ... Born July 18, 1981.
Favorite Athlete: Warrick Dunn • Favorite TV show: Will and Grace • Favorite Movie: Cutting Edge • Favorite Musical Group: Dave Matthews Band • Superstitions: I must eat pancakes before a competition • I have been told I look like: Elaine from Seinfeld • My advice to young gymnasts: believe in yourself and never give up • I most admire: my mom, for never putting herself before anyone else and always believing in me • Three words that describe myself are: quiet, motivated, optimistic • I chose to attend Illinois because: great academics and a close-knit team.
Gallagher's career highs: Vault - 9.675 vs. Iowa, 3/3/01. Bars - 9.850 vs. Penn State, 1/13/01. Beam - 9.925 four times, last at CSF, 3/10/01. Floor - 9.875 twice, last at Ill. State Meet, 3/16/02. AA - 39.275 vs. Iowa, 3/3/01.