Women's Gymnastics

Karen Hawley
Karen Hawley


Lafayette, Colo.

High School:




2003: Captain

2002: Took second on the beam with a 9.750 at Auburn ...Placed third on the floor vs. Illinois State with a season high 9.700...Was second on the bars (9.775) and third on the beam (9.725) vs. Michigan State...Tied a career-high by scoring a 9.875 on the bars to take third at Penn State...Placed third on the bars (9.725) vs. SE Missouri State...Named Academic All-Big Ten and a Scholastic All-American.

2001: Chosen as an alternate at the NCAA Region 3 Championships...Recorded a career-high 39.225 to finish second in the all-around against Ohio State ... Also tied for third (9.850) to lead the Illini on the bars against the Buckeyes ... Scored a career-high 9.875 to tie for second place on the bars in the season opener against Penn State ... Also tied for first place with a 9.850 on the floor en route to the all-around title (39.000) against the Nittany Lions ... Tied for fourth with a career best score of 9.850 on the balance beam against Iowa...Finished third on the bars (9.775) at Kentucky...Named Academic All-Big Ten and a Scholastic All-American.

2000: Finished second in the all-around at Iowa with a score of 38.375 ? Set career highs in three events against Illinois State winning the bars with a 9.825, the floor with a 9.850 and compiling a total score of 39.100 to win the all-around, which earned her Big Ten athlete of the week honors ? Finished eighth in the all-around at the NCAA Region 3 Championships with a 38.825 including a ninth-place finish on the beam.

High School: Qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals in 1998 and 1999 ? Competed for the Colorado Gymnastics Institute club team ? 1999 Colorado Winterfest floor champion ? 1999 regional bar champion ? Placed sixth on the floor at the 1999 nationals in Austin, Texas ? Was the 1999 Colorado Rocky Invitational vault champion ? Earned a letter in diving ? Graduated with honors.

Personal: Daughter of Bruce and Louise Hawley? Majoring in physiology/Pre-Medicine...Born Dec. 18, 1980.

Nickname: Care Bear ? Favorite Athlete: John Elway ? Favorite TV show: Trading Spaces ? Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz ? Favorite Singers: Tom Petty and the Dixie Chicks ? I have been told I look like: Punky Brewster ? What I?m passionate about outside of gymnastics: my family, drawing/painting, working as an emergency medical technician ? I most admire: my parents because they have given me more love in 22 years than I could ask for in my lifetime ? Three words that describe myself are: determined, funny, busy ? I chose to attend Illinois because: the team and coaches have such great chemistry and academically, you can?t go wrong here.

Hawley's career highs

Vault 9.750 at Region 3 Champs., 4/1/00

Bars 9.875 twice, last at Penn St., 2/2/02

Beam 9.850 vs. Iowa, 3/3/01

Floor 9.875 at Ill. St. Meet, 3/11/00

AA 39.225 vs. Ohio State, 2/3/01