Women's Gymnastics

Lauren Newcomb
Lauren Newcomb


Evansville, Ind.

High School:




2004 - Junior: Had break-out season...Competed all-around for the Illini in eight meets and was in the beam and floor line-ups in all 13 meets...Hit eight of eight vaults on the season and 13 of 13 floor routines...Was an alternate for the NCAA Championships after scoring a career-high 38.950 in the all-around at the South Central Regional meet to finish in eighth place...Won the floor exercise at the State of Illinois Classic with a career-high 9.925...Also scored a 38.950 in the all-around vs. Michigan State to take third place...Scored a 38.875 in her first collegiate all-around competition to take second place at NIU...Had one win and nine top-three finishes on the season...In addition to floor and all-around, also set or tied career-highs on the other three events: 9.800 on vault at UIC; 9.850 on bars at Regionals and 9.850 on beam vs. Ball State....Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2003 - Sophomore: Injuries limited her to only the vault, which she competed in every meet...Set a season high of 9.775 at the State of Illinois Classic to take eighth place...Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2002 - Freshman: Finished fourth on vault (9.675) and third on floor (9.75) in her first collegiate meet at Minnesota...Won vault and floor vs. Illinois State with scores of 9.800 and 9.750 respectively...The 9.800 on vault was a season and career high...Also competed on bars for the first and only time vs. Illinois State...Finished first on floor exercise vs. SEMO with a 9.825...Scored a career-high 9.850 on floor the next week at the Illinois State Meet.

1999 Level 10 Region V vault champion...Earned the gold medal on vault and bronze medals on beam and floor at the 1997 World Maccabiah Games...Level 10 national qualifier in 2000 and 2001 finishing fifth on the floor in 2000 and taking second on vault in 2001...Level 10 Region V all-around champion, finishing first on vault, bars and floor, and third on the beam in 2001...Five-time Indiana state all-around champion...Best career all-around score was 37.875 ... Coached by Joe Cooper.

Daughter of Mark and Lynn Senzell...Has one brother and one sister...Credits several people for influencing her athletic career including: "my mom who instilled in me to strive for my personal best and my coaches who were great motivators and kept me focused and having fun"...Graduated from high school with academic honors... Volunteered for the Red Cross.

Getting to know Lauren
Nickname: Newk
Favorite Athlete: My brother and dad (they're great in every sport and great team players!)
Favorite Movie: Thomas Crowne Affair
Favorite Actor/Actress: Julia Roberts
Favorite Sports Movie: Tin Cup
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Singer/Band: Jimmy Buffett
Favorite Book: Anything written by Nicholas Sparks
Famous people I've met: Kerri Strug
At what age did you start gymnastics? 7
Excluding Gymnasts, who is your favorite Illini athlete? Dee Brown
What is your favorite place on campus? The Quad, especially in the spring when it starts getting warm.
Who is your dream date? Kenny Chesney
I have been told I look like: Mary Lou Retton
I chose Illinois because: The good balance between academics and athletics
Three words that describe me are: Motivated, determined and outgoing.

Newcomb's career highs
Vault - 9.800 - twice, last at UIC, 1/17/04
Bars - 9.850 at NCAA South Central Regional, 4/3/04
Beam - 9.850 vs. Ball State, 2/21/04
Floor - 9.925 at State of Illinois Classic, 3/13/04
AA - 38.950 - twice, last at NCAA South Central Regional, 4/3/04