Women's Gymnastics


Giana O'Connor
Giana O'Connor

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Streamwood, Ill.

High School:
Streamwood High School

Height:
5-2

Position:
All-Around

Club:
Gymkhana/Gymnasti

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.

04/29/2013

Paul, Weinstein Receive Top Honor at Scholar-Athlete Reception

Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor

04/19/2013

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

Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9

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.

2014 - Sophomore: Second-Team All-Big Ten for the second straight year ... Was the lone Illini to compete in the all-around all season ... Hit 51-of-56 routines, including all 14 on vault ... Ranked 11th on floor in the Big Ten (T-42nd Nationally) with a 9.885 RQS and 12th in the all-around (T-45th Nationally) with a 39.175 ... Tied for 10th on vault at the NCAA Championships with a 9.85 ... Tied her career high of 9.9 four times on floor, including twice in the final five meets ... Accomplished a career high 9.9 on beam on Feb. 23, tying the second highest Illini score on the year ... Tied her career high on vault (9.85) five times, hit her career high of 9.85 on bars four times and set a new personal best in the all-around on March 8 with a 39.3 ... Won her first career floor title at Penn State on Feb. 15 and netted three all-around titles (first in career as well) ... Came on strong at the end of the season, scoring a 39.1 or higher in four of the last five meets ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named to Dean's List in Spring 2014 ... Scholastic All-American ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

2013 - Freshman: Tied for 11th place in the all-around (39.1) in Session I at the NCAA Championships ... Made the all-around podium at the Morgantown Regional, tying for sixth place with a 39.175 ... Set a career high of 9.9 on floor at the Big Ten Championships ... In the same weekend, O'Connor set a new career high in the all-around (39.275) at Missouri, then hit that same mark two days later on Senior Day ... Earned Second-Team All-Big Ten laurels ... Second Illini ever to win Big Ten Freshmen of the Week twice in a single season ...Most Consistent Beam award winner... Competed in the all-around in all 14 meets, scoring at least a 39.1 in the last seven of eight ... Captured two individual event titles, both on beam ... Also set career highs of 9.85 on vault, 9.825 on bars and 9.85 on beam.

High School/Club: Won first on bars in 2011 at State ... Won first on floor, second on bars and the all-around and third on beam at State in 2010 ...Three-time National qualifier (2006, 2007, 2010)... Took third on beam in Nationals in 2010 ... Took third on floor in Nationals in 2007... Made A honor roll all four years and graduated in top ten percent of her class ... Was awarded the Gold National Career Readiness Certificate ... Competed or Gymkhana/GymNasti ... Coached by Ron Nasti.

Personal: Daughter of Gina and Mike O'Connor ... has one sister Genna ... Majoring in Recreation, Sport, & Tourism ... Chose Illinois because, "It was close to home and has a great athletic program."

Giana's Career Highs

Vault: 9.850 - (6x, last at NCAA Championships, 4/18/14)

Bars: 9.850 - (4x, last at Minneapolis Regional, 4/5/14)

Beam: 9.900 - (vs. Ohio State/Central Michigan, 2/23/14)

Floor:9.900 - (5x, last at Big Ten Championships, 3/2214)

All-Around:39.3 - (at Minnesota, 1/25/14)

Individual Titles

Beam: 2

Floor: 1

All-Around: 3

Total: 6


The O'Connor File

Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): Watching super six and meeting snoop dog!

What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: I was beyond excited and couldn't believe we made it two years in a row!

The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? It brings more competition, diversity and depth to the Big Ten which makes the conference stronger.

Describe the 2015 team in one word: Passionate

Biggest learning experience from last season: How to move on from a mistake.

Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: Michigan

Best Dressed Teammate: No one! We all wear sweats every day!

Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make them famous): Either Sunny or Heather. Sunny would be famous for owning the most number of dogs, and Heather would be famous for marrying a rich and famous tennis player.

One goal for this season: Make it to NCAA's as a team for the 3rd year in a row!

Pre-round superstitions: I have to do my hair the same for every meet and listen to music

If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? Channing Tatum

Something I have to bring on every trip: My stuffed kitty, Muffin!

Your dream job: To work in promotions for a professional sports team

Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Mila Kunis

If I were on a reality show, what would it be? Cake Boss because I like to think I'm good at baking

Super power I would most like to have: The power of invisibility!

Something most people don't know about me: I did not want to drive! My parents forced me to go to drivers education and get my license.

Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: Theme days in the gym over the summer and doing Zumba for warm-up

Favorite spot on campus: The pool at the ARC!

Favorite childhood movie: The Lion King

First AIM screen name: gymxxcutie18

Favorite holiday (and why): Halloween because I love candy and looking at the decorations!

Concerts I've been to lately: I have only been to one: Daruis Rucker

TV show I'm obsessed with right now: Dexter

Favorite app on my phone: Instagram

Person who inspires me the most: My parents

Favorite female athlete: Shawn Johnson

City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): I would like to stay where my family is, but I would love to live in Destin, Florida because it's warm and beautiful.

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