Women's Gymnastics

Nikki McGarel
Nikki McGarel


Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville Central


Student Coach

Phenom Gymnastics


2013 Women's Gymnastics Season Preview

Blend of youth and experience starts Illini ranked No. 18 in preseason poll


2012 Women's Gymnastics Season Preview

Illini Boast No. 15 Preseason Ranking Following Best Season in School History


2014 - Junior: Will serve as a student assistant coach for the team.

2013 - Sophomore: Did not compete due to injury

2012 - Freshman: Did not compete.

High School/Club: Four-time JO Level 10 National Qualifier ... Placed first on vault, fourth on bars, second on beam and second in the all-around at the 2010 Region V Championships ... Was second on vault and fifth on floor at the 2010 Illinois state championships ... Posted top-20 finishes on vault, bars, floor and in the all-around at the 2009 JO National Championships ... Was a 2009 Region V All-Star team member ... Took third on vault, seventh on beam and fourth in the all-around at the 2009 Region V Championships ... Club team was Phenom Gymnastics ... Club coaches were Marco Bravo, Jessica Holtz, and Sharon Barbato.

Personal: Born April 21, 1993 ... Daughter of Jack and Denise McGarel ... Has two brothers, Chris and Jordan ... Says she chose Illinois because "of the quality of academics and the overall positive environment. Also, the reputation of the gymnastics program is one of the best in the country. I felt it would be a great opportunity to help me achieve my personal goals as a collegiate gymnast." ... Major is undecided.

The McGarel File

My best memory as an Illini: Anything with my teammates

What I've learned from Coach Landrus: It's not about the end result but the process.

Being a Fighting Illini means: That you will work your hardest to represent this university the best you can

Favorite event: Vault

Favorite floor music: Upbeat

Favorite athlete: Bethany Hamilton (Surfing)

Favorite Illini athlete (not on your team): Austin Teitsma (Football)

Favorite post-meet meal: Anything Italian

Favorite activity outside gymnastics: Hanging out with family and friends

Favorite thing to do on the quad: Sing the Oskee Wow Wow

Favorite road trip item/activity: Singing on the bus.

Favorite place to eat on campus: Panera

Favorite tailgating activity: The actual game

Favorite Fierce Five Gymnast: Jordyn Wieber

Favorite all-time gymnast: Nastia Liukin

Favorite sports team: Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite movie: The Last Song

Favorite movie quote: "She doesn't even go here!!" - Mean Girls

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite place to travel to for a meet: Anywhere warm

Pre-meet superstitions: whatever my favorite song is at that time I have to listen to it on repeat that morning

Plans after Illinois: I would love to live in Chicago for awhile.

One thing you've dreamt about doing: Traveling the world

If you could perform one of your routines anywhere on campus, where would you go?: In the middle of the quad

What movie role would you like to act in: Miley Cyrus in the Last Song

Actress I would want to play me in a movie about my life: Emma Stone only because I love her acting

One thing I can't go a day without: My iPhone

Name something most people don't know about you: My family raises alpacas