Photos from the season opener at Central Michigan on Jan. 11, 2015
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 (2009, 2012)... Placed third on bars and ninth in all-around in 2012 ... Four top four finishes at the 2012 Level 10 Region 3 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 community health.
The Lyons file
Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): Getting to wear bunny ears to sign autographs on Easter!
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: An incredible sense of pride for my team and school.
The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? A higher level of competition and more places to travel to.
Describe the 2015 team in one word: Determined
Biggest learning experience from last season: Every person has a job and brings something to the table. Every tenth counts.
Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: Michigan
Best Dressed Teammate: Jordan Naleway
Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make her famous): Sunny Kato for saving and advocating for animals all over the world.
One goal for this season: Help my team make another appearance to nationals
Pre-meet superstitions: Wearing glitter on my eyes
If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? Zac Effron
Something I have to bring on every trip: My stuffed hippo!
Your dream job: Athletic director at a Division I university
Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Ashley Tidsdale
If I were on a reality show, what would it be? Top Chef
Super power I would most like to have: Flying
Something most people don't know about me: I've lived in five states
Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: Halloween and all of the creative costumes the team creates
Favorite spot on campus: The quad
Favorite childhood movie: Finding Nemo
First AIM screen name: I never had one
Favorite holiday (and why): Thanksgiving because I get to see all of my relatives
Concerts I've been to lately: Gareth Emery and Taylor Swift
TV show I'm obsessed with right now: Greys Anatomy
Favorite app on my phone: Pinterest
Person who inspires me the most: My mom
Favorite female athlete: Mia Ham
City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): Seattle because of the incredible scenery.