Women's Gymnastics


Jordan Naleway
Jordan Naleway

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vernon Hills, Ill.

High School:
Vernon Hills

Height:
5-5

Event:
All-Around

Club:
Aerial Gymnastics

07/09/2014

45 Illini Recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

Student-Athletes Honored for Earning GPAs of 3.7 or Higher, Including Seven 4.0 GPAs at Illinois

12/08/2013

Blue Wins Orange and Blue Exhibition

Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year

12/06/2013

Illinois Gymnastics Set for Orange & Blue Exhibition

Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.

04/19/2013

Weinstein Advances to Floor Final, Illini Finish 11th in Country

Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9

04/17/2013

NCAA Championships Await #16 Illini

Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years

02/10/2014

Illinois Women's Gymnastics - Pink Meet vs. Iowa

Illini Women's Gym pictures from the Pink Meet vs. Iowa on Jan. 31 inside Huff Hall.

10/18/2013

Illinois Women's Gymnastics at the NCAA Championships

Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.

02/07/2012

Ohio State Meet 2/4/12

Photos from the women's gymnastics meet against Ohio State at Huff Hall

01/09/2012

2011 Mixed Pairs

Photos of women's gymnastics at the 2011 Mixed Pairs exhibition meet.

AT ILLINOIS

2014 - Junior: Competed in the lead-off spot on both bars and floor for every meet, hitting all 28 routines ... Achieved a new career high of 9.875 on bars on March 8 then tied that personal best the very next week at the Big Ten Quad ... Set a new personal best of 9.85 on floor at the Big Ten Championships ... Won her first career individual title with a 9.825 performance on bars at Michigan State ... Delivered a 9.75 (bars) and a 9.8 (floor) at the NCAA Championships ... Hit a 9.825 or higher eight times on bars ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Chi Alpha Sigma Inductee ... Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society Inductee ... Scholastic All-America 2014.

2013 - Sophomore: Voted the Most Improved Gymnast after a solid sophomore season and even better post-season ... At the Big Ten Championships, she set a new career high of 9.8 on bars, and a new career high of 9.825 on beam in just her second performance on the apparatus in her collegiate career ... Naleway also competed on floor (9.775) at Big Ten's, marking just the second time she performed in three events ... At the NCAA Championships, Naleway tied her careeer high of 9.8 on floor for the third time that season ... Finished with two Top-5 finishes ... Competed in all 14 meets on bars and floor ... Hit all 30 routines... Voted 2013 Academic All-Big Ten.

2012 - Freshman: Competed at four meets on uneven bars and hit all four routines ... Made Illini debut in the lineup vs. Kentucky, recording a career-high 9.775 and placing fourth ... Was in the bar lineup at the NCAA Champaign Regional.

High School/Club: Four-time JO Level 10 National Qualifier ... Finished fourth on bars and 14th in the all-around at the 2011 JO National Championships ... Improved in the all-around each year from 2008-10 at the JO National Championships, coming in 37th in 2008, 18th in 2009 and 11th in 2010 ... Finished sixth on bars at the 2010 JO National Championships and eighth in 2009 ... Was the Region V floor champion in 2010 and placed in the top six in the all-around at the past three Region V Championships ... Was the 2009 Illinois state bar champion ... Followed a runner-up finish in the all-around at the 2008 Illinois state meet with back-to-back third-place finishes in 2009 and 2010 ... Member of the honor roll and completed over 100 hours of community service in high school ... Competed for Aerial Gymnastics ... Coached by Don and Patrice McPherson and Jeanne Johnson.

Personal: Born Dec. 10, 1992 ... Daughter of Lynn and Joel Naleway ... Has two brothers, Patrick and Jack ... Says she chose Illinois because "it is the perfect balance of an excellent education and an outstanding gymnastics program. The university is highly ranked, and I immediately felt like I was part of the Illini family with such welcoming girls and talented coaches." ... Majoring in social work and communications.

Jordan's Career Highs

Bars: 9.875 (2x, last at Big Ten Quad Meet, 3/15/14)

Beam: 9.825 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/23/13)

Floor: 9.850 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/22/14)

Jordan's Career Titles

Bars: 1


The Naleway File

How you would describe Illinois' campus in five words or less: Spirited, beautiful, exciting...my home!

Number one thing you learned from your coaches last season: Every tenth matters

What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: Words couldn't describe how incredible the feeling was!

Best memory from NCAA Championships: Competing in the beautiful Pauley Pavilion with tons of spectators, bright lights, crazy energy, and most importantly, with my teammates by my side.

Best memory from LA (outside of competing): Santa Monica Beach with my teammates

What recent alum you miss the most and what you learned from her: Kelsey Joannides because through her work ethic, attitude, and kind nature she showed us what it really means to be a Fighting Illini.

Favorite Illini sporting event to attend outside your own: Football and Volleyball

Favorite guilty pleasure food item: Popcorn

Favorite gymnastics event to end a meet on: Floor

Favorite opponent to compete against and why: Any Big 10 team; it's always exciting!

Favorite movie from last year: We're the Millers

Favorite show on TV right now: Modern Family

Favorite hobby outside of sports: Crafting

Favorite color and number: Pink and 12

Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Obviously the Harlem Shake, our team was just TOO good at it last year.

Favorite building on the quad and why: Lincoln Hall because it's a blend of historical charm and modern technology.

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach!

Favorite class you've taken and why: Atmos 120 because Professor Snodgrass presents his information with humor in a way that is applicable to college students.

Favorite person to follow on twitter and why: College Town Life because it's hilarious

Favorite summertime and winter activity: Christmas tree decorating in the winter and lounging by the pool in the summer.

Dream you would like to accomplish in your lifetime: Be a Brevet gymnastics judge

Funny memory of one of your teammates: Amber riding her bike around in the Ike

How you would describe your class (Sr, Jr, etc) of girls: It doesn't matter what, when, or where, these girls will be by my side forever. I couldn't have asked for a better class and cherish the crazy, fun, and loving memories we share together. I wouldn't have made it through without them.

What is your weirdest quirk: Cracking my elbows.

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