Women's Gymnastics

Sunny  Kato
Sunny Kato


Chino Hills, Calif.

High School:
Newport Harbor



Team OC Gymnastics


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


Blue Wins Orange and Blue Exhibition

Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year


Illinois Gymnastics Set for Orange & Blue Exhibition

Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.


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

Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9


NCAA Championships Await #16 Illini

Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years


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.


Illinois Women's Gymnastics at the NCAA Championships

Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.


2014 - Junior: Competed in every meet on bars and beam, hitting 25-of-28 routines ...Won the team's Most Outstanding Gymnast Award ... Minneapolis Regional Champion on bars, achieving a new career high of 9.925 in the process (tied the fourth highest of all-time at Illinois) ... Also set a new career high of 9.925 on beam, tying the second highest score in school history ... First-Team All-Big Ten selection ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten on beam (T-27th Nationally) with a 9.87 RQS and third on bars (T-24th Nationally) with a 9.895 RQS ... Led the team with 11 individual titles, including six on bars and five on beam ... Scored a 9.9 or higher eight times ... Hit at least a 9.875 on bars in four of the final five meets and only dropped below a 9.8 three times on beam ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Scholastic All-American ... Chi Alpha Sigma inductee.

2013 - Sophomore: Second-Team All-Big Ten ...Competed in every meet on bars and beam ... Led the team on beam with a 9.85 at the NCAA Championships ... Delivered a crucial 9.875 on beam at the Morgantown Regional in what was the final apparatus ... Earned the second most individual titles on the team with four, two on beam and two on bars ... Set career highs of 9.9 on both bars and beam... Most Consistent Beam award winner ... Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten... Nominated for the Fighting Illini Spirit Award.

2012 - Freshman:
Did not compete ... Was awarded Scholastic All-American.

High School/Club: Two-time JO Level 10 National Qualifier ... Five-time JO Level 10 Regional Qualifier ... 2010 JO Level 10 State bar champion ... 2007 JO Level 10 National bar champion ... All-Around champion at the 2006 Pre-Elite US Challenge ... Received her high school's Academic Excellence Award for earning a GPA over 4.0 ... Was part of her high school's College Prep and Veterinarian Mentor Program ... Competed for Team OC... Coached by Brent Gohres and Gaby Shirazi.

Personal: Born Dec. 23, 1992 ... Daughter of Sami and Joe Kato ... Has one sister, Milky ... Says she chose Illinois because "The team chemistry is amazing and we aren't just a team, we're a family. On top of that, the campus is beautiful, the education is one of the best, and the gymnastics program just keeps on growing and improving. Illinois has the potential to be in the top 12 spots every year, and the fight and drive to be in the top spots is the reason why I chose Illinois." ... Double majoring in communications and sociology.

Sunny's Career Highs
Bars - 9.925 (at Minneapolis Regional, 4/5/14)
Beam - 9.925 (vs. Lindenwood, 3/8/14)

Sunny's Career Titles
Bars: 8
Beam: 7
Total: 15

The Kato File

Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): Easter egg hunt in our hotel rooms with my teammates!

What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: I LOVE MY TEAM!

The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? More opportunities for the team and more competition!

Describe the 2015 team in one word: Bold

Biggest learning experience from last season: We are just as good as any other team at National's so never doubt yourself and your team.

Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: University of Michigan. We're finally ready to beat them!

Best Dressed Teammate: Jordan

Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make them famous): Mary Jane. She is such a personable and caring person and people are drawn to her presence. Other than that, she will probably become famous for being successful in 10 other sports!

One goal for this season: Top 8 in the nation

Pre-meet superstitions: Eat pasta the night before a meet.

If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? Max Greenfield from New Girl

Something I have to bring on every trip: My pillow pet

Your dream job: Working at a rehabilitation center for wild animals in Africa.

Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Brenda Song

If I were on a reality show, what would it be? The Hills

Super power I would most like to have: To be able to communicate with animals.

Something most people don't know about me: I'm obsessed with my dog, Harley.

Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: Zumba every summer!

Favorite spot on campus: Lincoln Hall

Favorite childhood movie: Totoro

First AIM screen name: ritzkato

Favorite holiday (and why): Christmas. I go home and be with my family!

Concerts I've been to lately: The last one I went to was Darius Rucker with the team at State Farm Center!

TV show I'm obsessed with right now: Attack on Titan

Favorite app on my phone: Honestly, my alarm clock on my phone is my best friend.

Person who inspires me the most: My mommy and daddy. They inspire me to work my hardest everyday. The achievements and success will come with the hard work and dedication.

Favorite female athlete: Nastia Liukin

City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): Wherever life takes me! Anywhere overseas because I've already lived in the US for 21 years. Why stay here any longer?!