Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year
Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9
Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years
Illinois finishes second in Regionals with a 196.025
Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.
Freshman - 2013: 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 Advertising ... 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.