2014 - Freshman: Medical Redshirt
High School/Club: 2013 Texas State bar champion, with a 6th place finish on floor ... 2013 Region 3 6th place finish on bars ... 2012 7th place finish in all-around at State ... Two-time National qualifier (2012, 2009)... Placed third on bars and ninth in all-around... Four top four finishes at the 2012 Level 10 Region III Championships (3rd-vault and floor; 2nd-bars; 4th-all-around)... 2nd place finish on bars at the 2011 Level 10 State and Regional Championships... 2012 National Honors Society member.
Personal: Born on September 8, 1994 ... Daughter of P.J. and Jeanine Lyons ... Has two younger brothers, Zachary and Thomas ... Chose Illinois because, "Top notch academics and a close knit team." ... Majoring in speech and hearing sciences.
The Lyons file
What being a Fighting Illini means to you: Doing everything in my power to bring pride to my school.
First impression when you met the team: Friendly and welcoming
What do you hope to accomplish in your debut season:To help my team make another trip to NCAA Nationals.
What are you looking forward to experiencing outside of gymnastics: Getting involved with all that U of I has to offer.
What you hope to learn from your coach/teammates this year: The confidence and poise collegiate gymnasts always have.
What class you're excited about taking: Kinesiology classes
What opponent are you most excited to compete against: Michigan
Favorite gymnastics event: Bars
Favorite part about campus:The Quad
Favorite guilty pleasure food item:Ice cream
Favorite movie from last year: Despicable me
Favorite show on TV right now: Greys Anatomy
Favorite hobby outside of sports:Shopping
Favorite color and number:Pink, 8
Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Harlem shake
Favorite building on the quad and why: Follinger auditorium because of the beautiful architecture
Favorite vacation spot: Newport, RI
3 things you could not function without:Phone, family, friends
What is your favorite website to visit:Instagram
How you would describe your class (Sr, Jr, etc) of girls:Outgoing and bonded
What are you most proud of: Being a fighting Illini
Name 3 things on your future bucket list:Sky diving, vacation to Rio De Jenero, and hike Mt Everest
What is your weirdest quirk: I can't stand when people touch the backs of my knees.
If you could relive one day, what would it be:Signing day