Women's Gymnastics

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