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    Nikki McGarel
    Nikki McGarel

    Naperville, Ill.

    High School:
    Naperville Central


    Student Coach

    Phenom Gymnastics


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    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

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