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    Lashlee Morris
    Lashlee Morris

    Leesburg, Fla.

    High School:



    Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics Academy


    2011 - Senior: Exhibitioned on balance beam five times.

    2010 - Junior: Competed on balance beam three times and exhibitioned on the event four times ... Posted a season-best 9.750 on balance beam in back-to-back meets at Iowa and at Penn State ... Exhibitioned twice on floor ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    2009 - Sophomore: Set a career-high of 9.825 on beam at the West Regional, helping Illinois to a team-record beam score ... Finished second on beam in season opener at the Michigan State Quad meet with a 9.750 ... Competed on beam in 12 of 14 meets and hit 10-of-12 routines ... Competed three times on floor and twice on vault ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2008 - Freshman: Competed on beam in 12 of 13 meets, missing only the Missouri meet due to a foot injury ... Also cracked in the line-ups on bars and floor throughout the season ... Had a season-best score of 9.800 on beam to take third at the State of Illinois Classic ... Had a personal-best score of 9.725 on bars against Denver ... Scored a career-best 9.775 on floor at the IGI Chicago Style meet ... Named the team's Most Improved Gymnast.

    High School/Club: Two-time Junior Olympic National qualifier ... Five-time Level 10 Regional qualifier ... Finished 19th in the all-around and 11th on beam at the 2007 Level 10 Nationals ... 2007 Level 10 Regional all-around champion and placed second on beam and third on bars ... Tied for 30th in the all-around and placed seventh on beam and 11th on bars at the 2006 Nationals ... Was the uneven bars champion and placed fifth in the all-around at the 2006 Level 10 regional meet ... Competed for Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics Academy ... Club coaches were Brandy Johnson-Scharpf, Kelly Pitzen and Louis Garcia.

    Personal: Born January 4, 1989 ... Daughter of Tim Morris and Cindy Lasher ... Says she chose Illinois because "I felt that I could have the best of both worlds at Illinois; getting to be a part of a great gymnastics family, while obtaining a quality education at the same time." ... Majoring in kinesiology.

    Lashlee's Career Highs
    Vault: 9.525 (twice, last 1/31/09)
    Bars: 9.725 (2/2/08)
    Beam: 9.825 (4/4/09)
    Floor: 9.775 (2/8/08)

    The Morris File
    Nickname: Lash
    I chose Illinois because: I felt that I could have the best of both worlds at Illinois; getting to be a part of a great gymnastics family, while obtaining a quality education at the same time
    Favorite place on campus: The Quad, it's beautiful no matter what time of year
    Best memory as an Illini:Making it Nationals
    Being a Fighting Illini means: To have passion for what you do every day
    Funniest teammate: Sam, all her animal noises get me every time
    Best dressed teammate: Hannah, she always has the cutest dresses
    Something I have to bring on every road trip: Gum
    Favorite event: Beam
    Favorite skill to watch or compete: Series, it's the best feeling when you nail it
    Favorite athlete: David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
    Favorite Illini athlete: Stacy Hague (Track/Cross Country)
    Favorite movie: Pretty Woman
    Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy & Dexter
    Favorite book: Harry Potter
    Favorite food: Kettle corn
    Favorite activity outside gymnastics: Getting pedicures
    Favorite restaurant: VKI (sushi place back home)
    Favorite band: The Starting Line
    Unique or quirky habit: I randomly pop my wrists
    Actress I would want to play me in a movie about my life: Keira Knightley
    Cartoon character that best describes me: Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast
    Super power I would most like to have: Being able to fly
    Best thing I cook in the kitchen: I'm in the process of perfecting my mom's apple pie recipe
    Person I would most like to spend a day with: Oprah
    If I wasn't a gymnast, I would play: Volleyball
    One thing I can't go a day without: Cherry Coke Zero
    Something most people don't know about me: I was able to swim when I was 15 months old
    One thing I've always dreamt about doing: Skydiving
    Three words that describe me are: Trustworthy, caring, cheerful
    Career Plans: Become a physician's assistant

    Updated April 2011

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