Women's Gymnastics


Jordan Naleway
Jordan Naleway

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vernon Hills, Ill.

High School:
Vernon Hills

Height:
5-5

Event:
All-Around

Club:
Aerial Gymnastics

07/09/2014

45 Illini Recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Student-Athletes Honored for Earning GPAs of 3.7 or Higher, Including Seven 4.0 GPAs at Illinois

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

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.

02/07/2012

Ohio State Meet 2/4/12

Photos from the women's gymnastics meet against Ohio State at Huff Hall

01/09/2012

2011 Mixed Pairs

Photos of women's gymnastics at the 2011 Mixed Pairs exhibition meet.

AT ILLINOIS

2014 - Junior: Competed in the lead-off spot on both bars and floor for every meet, hitting all 28 routines ... Achieved a new career high of 9.875 on bars on March 8 then tied that personal best the very next week at the Big Ten Quad ... Set a new personal best of 9.85 on floor at the Big Ten Championships ... Won her first career individual title with a 9.825 performance on bars at Michigan State ... Delivered a 9.75 (bars) and a 9.8 (floor) at the NCAA Championships ... Hit a 9.825 or higher eight times on bars ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Chi Alpha Sigma Inductee ... Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society Inductee ... Scholastic All-America 2014.

2013 - Sophomore: Voted the Most Improved Gymnast after a solid sophomore season and even better post-season ... At the Big Ten Championships, she set a new career high of 9.8 on bars, and a new career high of 9.825 on beam in just her second performance on the apparatus in her collegiate career ... Naleway also competed on floor (9.775) at Big Ten's, marking just the second time she performed in three events ... At the NCAA Championships, Naleway tied her careeer high of 9.8 on floor for the third time that season ... Finished with two Top-5 finishes ... Competed in all 14 meets on bars and floor ... Hit all 30 routines... Voted 2013 Academic All-Big Ten.

2012 - Freshman: Competed at four meets on uneven bars and hit all four routines ... Made Illini debut in the lineup vs. Kentucky, recording a career-high 9.775 and placing fourth ... Was in the bar lineup at the NCAA Champaign Regional.

High School/Club: Four-time JO Level 10 National Qualifier ... Finished fourth on bars and 14th in the all-around at the 2011 JO National Championships ... Improved in the all-around each year from 2008-10 at the JO National Championships, coming in 37th in 2008, 18th in 2009 and 11th in 2010 ... Finished sixth on bars at the 2010 JO National Championships and eighth in 2009 ... Was the Region V floor champion in 2010 and placed in the top six in the all-around at the past three Region V Championships ... Was the 2009 Illinois state bar champion ... Followed a runner-up finish in the all-around at the 2008 Illinois state meet with back-to-back third-place finishes in 2009 and 2010 ... Member of the honor roll and completed over 100 hours of community service in high school ... Competed for Aerial Gymnastics ... Coached by Don and Patrice McPherson and Jeanne Johnson.

Personal: Born Dec. 10, 1992 ... Daughter of Lynn and Joel Naleway ... Has two brothers, Patrick and Jack ... Says she chose Illinois because "it is the perfect balance of an excellent education and an outstanding gymnastics program. The university is highly ranked, and I immediately felt like I was part of the Illini family with such welcoming girls and talented coaches." ... Majoring in social work and communications.

Jordan's Career Highs

Bars: 9.875 (2x, last at Big Ten Quad Meet, 3/15/14)

Beam: 9.825 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/23/13)

Floor: 9.850 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/22/14)

Jordan's Career Titles

Bars: 1


The Naleway File

Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): The surprise egg hunt that our parents put on in each of our hotel rooms

What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: All of the effort was worth it

The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? Competition, spirit, and fans

Describe the 2015 team in one word: Purpose

Biggest learning experience from last season: The little details - like stuck landings and handstands - differentiate good teams from great teams

Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: Big 10s because it's always a great competition and a lot of fun!

Best Dressed Teammate: Sunny

Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make them famous): Tori - for winning some prestigious award

One goal for this season: Top 10 nationally!

Pre-round superstitions: I can never put my own "I" sticker on my face

If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? James Marsden

Something I have to bring on every trip: My lucky necklace from my mom

Your dream job: Tinkerbell flying out of the castle at Disneyworld

Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Rachel McAdams

If I were on a reality show, what would it be? Who Do You Think You Are?

Super power I would most like to have: The ability to travel time and space

Something most people don't know about me: I don't like chocolate

Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: Falling off of the vault podium

Favorite spot on campus: The Union

Favorite childhood movie: The Wizard of Oz

First AIM screen name: Jojogymgirl

Favorite holiday (and why): Christmas! Christmas spirit, finding the best gifts for my family, and spending time together make it my favorite holiday.

Concerts I've been to lately: Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Chainsmokers

TV show I'm obsessed with right now: New Girl

Favorite app on my phone: Instagram

Person who inspires me the most: My parents

Favorite female athlete: Nastia Liukin

City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): Somewhere abroad to teach English!

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