Women's Gymnastics


Marijka Botterman
Marijka Botterman

Hometown:
New Lenox, Ill.

High School:
Lincoln-Way Central

Height:
5-3

Event:
All-Around

Club:
Gym-Kinetics

03/30/2009

Illinois Big Ten Championship Photos

Photos from the Big Ten Championship at Huff Hall on March 21. (photos by Cary Frye)

03/20/2009

Big Ten Championship Friday Photos

Photos from Friday's Press Conference and Banquet at the 2009 Big Ten Championships in Champaign.

01/09/2009

Mixed Pairs Photos

Photos from the Mixed Pairs Gymnastics Meet on Dec. 7, 2008 (Photos by Cary Frye)

04/08/2008

Missouri Meet (March 8)

Missouri Meet (March 8)

04/08/2008

State of Illinois Classic (March 22)

State of Illinois Classic (March 22)

2009 - Senior: Named Second Team All-Big Ten ... Set the Illinois vault record with a 9.950 on Jan. 31 at Ohio State, breaking the old mark of 9.925 that she already shared ... Took third on bars with a career-high 9.900, seventh on vault (9.85), and eighth on floor (9.85) at the West Regional ... Posted a career-best 9.900 on floor at the Big Ten Championships to finish fifth ... Won the all-around crown at the State of Illinois Classic with a career-high 39.350 ... Recorded eight individual titles on the season (VT-5, UB-2, AA-1) and 15 top-3 finishes ... Hit 42 of 46 routines on the season, including a perfect 14-for-14 on vault ... Finished the regular season ranked 21st in the nation on vault ... Scored at least a 9.800 on every vault in 2009 ... Set or tied her career-high in all four events and the all-around ... Voted as the team's Most Valuable and Most Outstanding Gymnast...Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2008 - Junior: Competed at least three events in 11 of 13 meets, including all-around at both the Big Ten and Regional Championships ... At her best at the end of the season, finishing 10th in the all-around at the South Central Regional ... Finished eighth in the all-around (39.025) and 10th on both vault (9.800) and beam (9.800) at the Big Ten Championships...Had eight top-three finishes on the season ... Took second on vault (9.825) in the four-team State of Illinois Classic on March 22 ... Placed second on bars (9.825) and floor with a career-high 9.800 at Illinois Chicago ... Academic All-Big Ten and Illinois Scholastic All-State selection.

2007 - Sophomore: Competed all-around in every meet...Won four individual titles on the year (two on vault and two in the all-around) and had 15 top-three finishes ... Was a double winner vs. UIC on 3/17, taking the all-around (39.025) and vault (9.875) titles while helping the Illini set a school team vault record (49.125) ... Helped the Illini upset #16 Auburn by claiming second in the all-around with a career-high 39.225, the top AA score for an Illini during the season ... Scored a career-high 9.900 to win the vault against Auburn, the top vault score on the season for an Illini...Also set career-highs on bars (9.875) and floor (9.775) ... Recorded nine career individual titles in her first two seasons (four on vault, one on bars, four in the all-around) ... Named Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten selection and Illinois Scholastic All State selection.

2006 - Freshman: Placed sixth on vault at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 9.775 ... Competed on vault, bars and beam in every meet, and competed in the all-around eight times ... Recorded five individual titles (two on vault, one on bars and two in the all-around) ... Put up personal-best scores to win vault (9.875) and beam (9.825) at Illinois-Chicago, leading Illinois to victory ... Won all-around titles at Ohio State (38.700) and vs. Michigan State (38.850), a career high, and also posted a career-high of 9.775 on bars ... George Huff Award recipient and Illinois Scholastic All State selection.

High School/Club: Four-time Junior Olympic National qualifier...Placed first with the Region V team at the 2005 National Championships ... 2005 fifth-place Regional finish ... The 2005 state champion on beam (9.45)...Placed second on bars, floor and the all-around and third on vault at the 2005 state championships ... Coached by Glen Willmeng, Jim Fedrickson and Dana Edeus ... Competed for Gym-Kinetics Gymnastics club.

Personal: Daughter of Hank and Laurie Botterman ... Older sister, Danye, is a former member of the Fighting Illini Women's Gymnastics team (2004-07) and younger sister, Kylee, is a sophomore gymnast at the University of Michigan ... Says she chose Illinois because she "loved the girls and coaches and it felt like a family away from home, even though home is so close" ... Majoring in speech communications ... High honor roll student.

Marijka's Career Highs
Vault: 9.950 (2/15/09)
Bars: 9.900 (4/4/09)
Beam: 9.825 (twice, last 3/14/09)
Floor: 9.900 (3/21/09)
All-Around: 39.350 (3/14/09)

Individual Titles
Vault: 9
Bars: 3
All-Around: 5
Total: 17

The Botterman File
Favorite place on campus: The stadium during a football game. The crowd's energy and sea of orange makes me proud to be an Illini
Favorite TV show: Chelsea Lately
Favorite movie quote: "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return" -Mulan Rouge
Favorite skill to watch: Cara Pomeroy's jaeger
Funniest Teammate: Sarah Schmidt; she should probably be in a circus
Secret talent of a teammate: I think Kim Kruk can read my mind
Favorite athlete: Dominique Dawes
Something people don't know about me: I'm scared of the dark
If I was on a reality show it would be: A clip in America's Funniest Home Videos
Favorite activity outside gymnastics: Extreme Carpet Sliding with Uncle Brian
Plans after Illinois: Move to Chi-town

Updated August 2009

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