Women's Gymnastics


Heather Foley
Heather Foley

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

High School:
Waukesha North High School

Height:
5-7

Event:
VT, BB, FX

Club:
Salto/M&M Gymnastics

12/08/2013

Blue Wins Orange and Blue Exhibition

Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year

12/06/2013

Illinois Gymnastics Set for Orange & Blue Exhibition

Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.

04/19/2013

Weinstein Advances to Floor Final, Illini Finish 11th in Country

Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9

04/17/2013

NCAA Championships Await #16 Illini

Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years

04/06/2013

Illini Earn 3rd Ever Trip to NCAA Championships

Illinois finishes second in Regionals with a 196.025

02/10/2014

Illinois Women's Gymnastics - Pink Meet vs. Iowa

Illini Women's Gym pictures from the Pink Meet vs. Iowa on Jan. 31 inside Huff Hall.

10/18/2013

Illinois Women's Gymnastics at the NCAA Championships

Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.

2014 - Sophomore: Competed on vault in every meet except the Big Ten Quad, hitting all 13 of her routines ... Set a season high 9.8 at the State of Illinois Classic on Feb. 21 ... Hit a 9.7 or higher in five of the last six meets of the season ... Prouced a 9.725 at the NCAA Championships ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2013 - Freshman: Competed on vault for all 14 meets where she set a career high of 9.85 at the Big Ten Championships ... Worked her way into the floor lineup, competing in the final nine meets of the season, where she posted a career high of 9.85 ... Performed her beam routine three times, scoring a career best of 9.65 ... Didn't score below a 9.7 during the Illini's postseason run to Nationals ... Hit 24-of-26 routines ... Earned one finish in the Top-5 after scoring a 9.75 on vault at Missouri.

High School/Club: Five-time National qualifier ... Took third on beam in 2012 at Nationals ... Competed at State 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 ... Won first on beam and vault and second on bars at State in 2012 ... Took first on vault and second on beam at State in 2010 ... Made high honor roll two times and won student of the month ... Club team was Salto Gymnastics and M&M Gymnastics ... Club coaches were Jim Melcarek and Kristin Kremer.

Personal: Daughter of Dave and Marie Foley ... Father, Dave, played golf at Ole Miss ... Has one brother, Shawn, who plays golf at Northern Illinois University ... Majoring in Communications ... Chose Illinois because, "the campus and the school's traditions as well as the spirit of the students who attend it. I also loved the team and coaches and how they made me feel welcome as soon as I set foot in the gym."

Heather's Career Highs

Vault:9.85 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/23/13)

Beam: 9.65 (vs. Penn State, 3/2/13)

Floor: 9.85 (vs. Ball State and UIC, 3/10/13)

The Foley File

How you would describe Illinois' campus in five words or less:Incredible tradition

Number one thing you learned from your coaches last season: Every little detail matters, even in practice.

What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: We were making history.

Best memory from NCAA Championships: Being the very first person to compete.

Best memory from LA (outside of competing): Getting to go to the beach for the day.

What recent alum you miss the most and what you learned from her: Jaclyn Kantecki - She taught me to continue smiling even on your toughest days because everything will work out in the end.

Fondest team activity memory outside of competing:Dancing to Pitch Perfect on the bus.

Favorite Illini sporting event to attend outside your own: Basketball games and tennis matches

Favorite guilty pleasure food item: Dove chocolate

Favorite gymnastics event to end a meet on: Floor

Favorite opponent to compete against: Michigan

Favorite movie from last year: The Heat

Favorite show on TV right now: Pretty Little Liars

Favorite hobby outside of sports: Random crafts

Favorite color and number:Purple; 10

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

Favorite building on the quad and why: Union because you can see the whole quad when being there.

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere in the Caribbean

Favorite class you've taken and why: ATMS 120, I learned a lot of really random facts in that class.

Favorite summertime and winter activity:Summer - going to the pool; Winter - movie marathons while drinking hot chocolate.

3 things you could not function without: My phone, phone charger and phone case

What is your favorite website to visit: Pinterest

Funny memory of one of your teammates: Giana talking in a terrible british accent for about a month straight.

How you would describe your class (Sr, Jr, etc) of girls: Completely opposite personalities. Lots of laughter, weird comments, funny faces and crazy times.

One goal you have set for yourself this season: To compete on vault, beam and floor at every meet.

Name 3 things on your future bucket list: Sky diving, Bungee jumping, cliff diving.

What is your weirdest quirk: I have one really loud hiccup once a day

If you could relive one day, what would it be: Beating Nebraska and making Nationals.

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