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.
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."
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
What being a Fighting Illini means to you: Fighting each and every day to achieve your goals and better yourself in order to represent your team and the Illini well.
First impression when you met the team: They are definitely outgoing and have the bond of sisters with such dedication and love for each other.
What do you hope to accomplish in your debut season: To help, support, and encourage the team in whatever way I can!
What are you looking forward to experiencing outside of gymnastics: Hopefully participating in student organizations like FCA, & just exploring campus and hanging out with the team.
What you hope to learn from your coach/teammates this year: How to take on the transition from club to college gymnastics.
What class you're excited about taking: All my Kinesiology classes
What opponent are you most excited to compete against: Ohio State
Favorite gymnastics event: Bars/Floor
Favorite part about campus: Cocomero
Favorite guilty pleasure food item: Muddy buddies
Favorite movie from last year: The Amazing Spiderman
Favorite show on TV right now: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite hobby outside of sports: Crafting & baking
Favorite color and number: Yellow, 3
Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Always been a fan of the chicken dance.
Favorite building on the quad and why: Gregory Hall because it shows movies every Friday & Saturday night.
Favorite vacation spot: Lake Normand in North Carolina
Favorite youtube video: Bad lip readings
Favorite person to follow on twitter and why: The Earth Pics account, it gives me ideas of all the places I want to go in my life.
Favorite summertime and winter activity: Summer night bonfires with friends & s'mores, and I love family movie/game nights in the winter when all my brothers are home - with hot chocolate of course.
Dream you would like to accomplish in your lifetime: Doing short term missions work in third world countries.
What is a hidden talent of yours: Slapjack card game, I beat my mom everytime
3 things you could not function without: My family, long hair, and chocolate milk
What is your favorite website to visit: Pinterest
How you would describe your class (Sr, Jr, etc) of girls: We all come from different backgrounds, but we share a lot of potential and passion for the sport of gymnastics. Outside of the gym we're pretty calm, cool, & collected.
Quote you live by: "You're never fully dressed without a smile."
How many countries have you been to: 6
What are you most proud of: Surviving my childhood growing up as the only girl with four brothers!
Name 3 things on your future bucket list: Get a small tattoo, run a half marathon, & own a beach house