Mary Jane Horth
Illini Women's Gym pictures from the Pink Meet vs. Iowa on Jan. 31 inside Huff Hall.
2014 - Freshman: After missing the first half of the season due to injury, Horth hit all 16 routines she peformed, competing on bars for the last eight meets before adding vault and beam starting on March 15 ... Horth hit her career high 9.85 twice on vault and set a career high of 9.875 on beam, never dropping below a 9.8 on either event during the team's postseason run ... Was one of the team's best performers at NCAA Championships, leading the squad on both bars (9.775) and beam (9.8) while also contributing a 9.825 on vault ... Hit a 9.8 or higher on all three events at the Big Ten Championships ... Her career high of 9.9 on bars, set at the Minneapolis Regional, tied the second highest on the season ... Horth also finished the year ranked within the top-100 on bars with a 9.84 RQS ... Scholastic All-American ... Named to the Dean's List in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
High School/Club: 2013 Vault, bars, beam and all-around champion, with a second place finish on floor at State ... 2013 Regional beam, floor and all around champion ... Three-time Junior Olympic National qualifier ... 2012 Region 5 All-Star team member... 2012 Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals bar champion, while finishing 7th in the all-around and 8th on floor ... 2012 Level 10 State vault and floor champion... 2012 Level 10 Regional floor champion ...2011 Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals 2nd place tie for floor... 2010 & 2011 Level 10 State bar, beam and all-around champion... 2010 Level 10 Junior Olympic NIT all-around champion... Two-time Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup qualifier... 2011-12 National Honor Society member... Ranks second in class in 2012... Club coaches are Ron & Joan Ganim.
Personal: Born February 27, 1995 ... Daughter of David and Marilyn Horth ... Mom played volleyball at Cleveland State, Dad was a skier at Stanford, older brother Matt played soccer at Gordon College and now in the MLS with the New England Revolutions, older brother Mike played volleyball at Ohio Northern University, and finally her twin brother Tim currently plays soccer at Lipscomb University in Nashville ... Chose Illinois because, "The coaches and girls on the team really drew me in, but I also loved the campus, academics, and student life here." ... Majoring in Kinesiology.
Mary Jane's Career Highs
Vault:9.850 - (2x, last at Big Ten Championships, 3/22/14)
Bars:9.900 - (at Minneapolis Regional, 4/5/14)
Beam:9.875 - (at Big Ten Quad Meet, 3/15/14)
The Horth File
Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): Singing Frozen songs with Zachary and Emily on the bus
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: The light at the end of the tunnel had finally come!
The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? New challenges & new faces, but ultimately they will heighten the depth of the Big Ten conference and I'm so excited to compete against them both!
Describe the 2015 team in one word: Fervent
Biggest learning experience from last season: Coming back from injury, I learned to trust the coaches and the plan they have set for us, because with hard work and dedication it will get us to where we need to be!
Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: Ohio State
Best Dressed Teammate: Heather Foley
Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make them famous): Jordyn Givens for being a shoe model for Crocs and Jandals
One goal for this season: For our team to be unified and qualify to nationals for the 3rd year in a row!
Pre-round superstitions: I have to have my gray USA Gymnastics water bottle with me at all times before & during the meet, & I refuse to use any other water bottle besides that one.
If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? Jesse McCartney
Something I have to bring on every trip: Chapstick
Your dream job: Physician's Assistant
Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Sandra Bullock
If I were on a reality show, what would it be? Cake Boss
Super power I would most like to have: To steal other people's superpowers
Something most people don't know about me: I hate Chipotle
Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: Halloween when we did "Tricks for Treats"
Favorite spot on campus: Apricot Lane
Favorite childhood movie: George of the Jungle
First AIM screen name: jojizlejimnast95
Favorite holiday (and why): Christmas, because I can blast Mariah Carey's song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" & belt it out with my brother Tim! And celebrating Jesus' birthday of course!
Concerts I've been to lately: Darius Rucker
TV show I'm obsessed with right now: Gilmore Girls
Favorite app on my phone: Pinterest
Person who inspires me the most: My parents
Favorite female athlete: Missy Franklin
City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): Atlanta, my oldest brother and his wife are eventually settling down there, & I would love to be by them and my parents who are also moving down south in the near future!