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