Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year
Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor
Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9
Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years
Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.
Freshman - 2013: Tied for 11th place in the all-around (39.1) in Session I at the NCAA Championships ... Made the all-around podium at the Morgantown Regional, tying for sixth place with a 39.175 ... Set a career high of 9.9 on floor at the Big Ten Championships ... In the same weekend, O'Connor set a new career high in the all-around (39.275) at Missouri, then hit that same mark two days later on Senior Day ... Earned Second-Team All-Big Ten laurels ... Second Illini ever to win Big Ten Freshmen of the Week twice in a single season ...Most Consistent Beam award winner... Competed in the all-around in all 14 meets, scoring at least a 39.1 in the last seven of eight ... Captured two individual event titles, both on beam ... Also set career highs of 9.85 on vault, 9.825 on bars and 9.85 on beam.
High School/Club: Won first on bars in 2011 at State ... Won first on floor, second on bars and the all-around and third on beam at State in 2010 ...Three-time National qualifier (2006, 2007, 2010)... Took third on beam in Nationals in 2010 ... Took third on floor in Nationals in 2007... Made A honor roll all four years and graduated in top ten percent of her class ... Was awarded the Gold National Career Readiness Certificate ... Competed or Gymkhana/GymNasti ... Coached by Ron Nasti.
Personal: Daughter of Gina and Mike O'Connor ... has one sister Genna, 17 ... Majoring in Business Finance ... Chose Illinois because, "It has one of the best business schools in the Big Ten, it was close to home and has a great athletic program."
Giana's Career Highs
Vault: 9.85- (at State of Illinois Classic, 3/16/13)
Bars: 9.825- (at Missouri, 3/8/13)
Beam: 9.85- (3x, last vs. Ball State & UIC, 3/10/13)
Floor:9.9 - (at Big Ten Championships, 3/23/13)
All-Around:39.275 - (twice, last vs. Ball State & UIC, 3/10/13)
The O'Connor File
How you would describe Illinois' campus in five words or less:Tons of school spirit
Number one thing you learned from your coaches last season:Focus on the details
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals:Is this real?
Best memory from NCAA Championships:Walking out of the tunnel onto the floor to be introduced. It was the best feeling in the world to walk out and stand next to the best of the best in the NCAA.
Best memory from LA (outside of competing):Going to the beach for the day
What recent alum you miss the most and what you learned from her: Macy Hyatt - She taught me to always stay positive even if I am having a bad day.
Fondest team activity memory outside of competing:Spa nights!
Favorite Illini sporting event to attend outside your own: Football and basketball games
Favorite guilty pleasure food item:Pizza
Favorite gymnastics event to end a meet on: Floor
Favorite opponent to compete against: Michigan
Favorite movie from last year: Pitch Perfect
Favorite show on TV right now: NCIS
Favorite hobby outside of sports: Crafts
Favorite color and number: Purple, 8
Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Bernie and the wobble.
Favorite vacation spot: Florida
Favorite class you've taken and why:Public speaking because it was fun to watch everyone
Favorite youtube video:Laughing baby
Favorite person to follow on twitter and why:Cute emergency because they always tweet adorable pictures of animals.
Favorite summertime and winter activity: Summer - going to the beach and laying in the sun; Winter: playing in the snow and making snow forts!
Dream you would like to accomplish in your lifetime:Own a lake house and a boat
What is a hidden talent of yours:My ability to talk in a British accent and my awesome drawing skills!
3 things you could not function without:Gum, phone and sleep
How you would describe your class (Sr, Jr, etc) of girls:Three girls with completely different personalities who I couldn't live without, lots of laughter, awkwardness and crazy times.
One goal you have set for yourself this season:I want to make line up on all 4 events.
Name 3 things on your future bucket list:Travel out of the country, own a boat and swim with the dolphins!