Women's Gymnastics

Phaedra Dixon
Phaedra Dixon


Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Whitney Young



Started off the season by winning the all-around competition against Illinois Chicago with a score of 38.325... Also won the bars against UIC after posting a 9.825... Scored a 38.750 to win the all-around competition at the Penn State dual... Scored a 9.825 to win the vaulting competition at Iowa... Also won the all-around at Iowa with a score of 39.250... Set a school record of 9.950 in the floor exercise at the Illinois State Meet... Also won the bars with a score of 9.850... Qualified for the all-around at the NCAA Region 3 Championships... Named Most Outstanding Gymnast and earned the Most Consistent Beam Routine award.

* Competed in the all-around in every meet of the season
* Set the school record in the all-around with a score of 39.350 on March 6 against Ohio State
* Established four of the top ten all-time scores in the all-around during the season
* Scored a 9.900 on the uneven bars on February 21 against Southeast Missouri State to crack the school's top ten list
* Also appears on the school's top ten list on floor scoring a 9.900 against Minnesota and Ohio State
* Tied or set new career highs in each event
* Earned Gymnast of the Week honors after leading the Illini to a then school record team score against Minnesota (194.475). Dixon won two events and set new career highs in three of five events. She won the all-around (39.150) and floor exercise (9.900) and set a personal best on vault with a 9.725
* Named the team's Most Outstanding Gymnast following the season

* One of two Illini gymnasts who competed in every event at each meet
* Cracked into the Illini varsity record book on bars (second - 9.90) and in the all-around (fifth - 38.975)
* Scored a team-high 9.90 on the bars two times (vs. Illinois State, 2/28/98; and vs. Southeast Missouri State, 2/14/98)
* Had two of the team's top five all-around scores with her best effort coming against Iowa on March 6, 1998 when she scored 38.975 (9.600 - vault; 9.850 - Bars; 9.700 - Beam; 9.250 - Floor)

As a Prep:
* National Bar Champion in 1995 and '96
* USGF National Team Member
* 1997 Illinois state champion in the all-around
* Illinois Gymnastics Institute coaches were Todd Gardiner and Kelly Eaton

* Was Listed in Who's Who Among America's High School students
* Graduated from Whitney Young High School in three years with a 4.2 grade point average
* ESPN aired her bar routine in 1995 and '96 when she won the national bar title
* Parents are John and Angela Dixon

Career Bests:
Vault: 9.825--March 6, 1999 vs. Ohio State
Bars: 9.900--Three times, Most recent February 21, 1999, at Southeast Missouri State
Beam: 9.775--Two times, Most recent March 27, 1999, at Big Ten Championships
Floor: 9.900--Two times, Most recent March 6, 1999 vs. Ohio State
AA: 39.350--March 6, 1999 vs. Ohio State