2007 - Senior: Team Tri-captain...Did not compete in any meets due to injury.
2006 - Junior: Competed on vault in every meet for the Illini...Tied her personal-best score of 9.750 on vault vs. Missouri...Competed on floor for the final three meets and scored a 9.700 at the State of Illinois Classic to finish fifth...One week later, set a new career high of 9.725 at Big Tens...Competed on beam in five meets, earning a career high 9.650 at the Big Ten Championships...Hit 35-of-36 vaults through her first three seasons...Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society member...Academic All-Big Ten selection, Illinois Scholastic All-State and George Huff Award recipient... Named Illinois Gymnastics Co-Most Valuable Gymnast and was nominated for Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
2005 - Sophomore: Competed on vault in all 13 meets for the Illini...Hit 12-of-13 vaults and counted toward the team score in 10 meets...Recorded a personal best in vault with a score of 9.750 at Illinois State...Competed once on floor, scoring a 9.000 vs. Denver...Academic All-Big Ten selection and George Huff Award recipient...Named a Scholastic All-American by the NACGC/W.
2004 - Freshman: Won the team's Most Improved Gymnast Award...Was a model of consistency for the Illini vault team...Hit 13-of-13 vaults and counted toward the team score in every meet...Hit her season and career-high of 9.725 on two occasions, in the season opener at NIU and also vs. Iowa State...George Huff Award recipient...Named a Scholastic All-American by the NACGC/W.
High School/Club: Named the 2003 IHSA Outstanding Senior Gymnast after leading Stevenson to its third-consecutive state title...IHSA state finalist all four years, finishing fourth in the all-around in 2002 and fifth in 2003...Finished fourth on beam and sixth on vault while competing for Team Illinois at the 2003 High School National Meet...Coached by Leonard Isaacs and Judy Harwood.
Personal: Daughter of Allen and Sharon Singer...Has one sister...Credits her sister, Jenna, for getting her interested in gymnastics...National Honor Society member...Won Scholar-Athlete Award in the winter of 2003...Majoring in kinesiology...Made high honor roll every semester of high school.
Melissa's Career Highs
Vault: 9.750 (three times, last vs. Missouri, 2/11/06)
Beam: 9.650 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/25/06)
Floor: 9.725 (at Big Ten Championships, 3/25/06)
The Singer File
Nickname: Mel, MJ
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans and Happy Gilmore
Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite Food: Chicken Parmigiana
Favorite Musical Artist: Michael Jackson
Age I started gymnastics: 5
I collect: Teddy Bears
My best memory as an Illini is: Hanging out with teammates
Three words that describe me: Determined, ambitious, motivated
I chose Illinois because: It's the greatest place in the whole world.
My favorite thing about Coach Bob: He is always very positive and encouraging.
To prepare for a meet: I visualize my routines and get really pumped and excited.
What makes Illini gymnastics so unique?We are a family of best friends who share a passion for gymnastics, a love for our school and a motivation to achieve our goals together.
Updated May 2007