Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year
Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
Weinstein tied for first on floor with a 9.9
Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years
Illinois finishes second in Regionals with a 196.025
Illini Women's Gym pictures from the Pink Meet vs. Iowa on Jan. 31 inside Huff Hall.
Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.
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." ... Majoring in Communications.
Sunny's Career Highs
Bars - 9.9 (twice, last vs. Ball State and UIC, 3/10/13)
Beam - 9.9 (twice, last at Missouri, 3/8/13)
The Kato File
How you would describe Illinois' campus in five words or less: Beautiful campus with wonderful people
Fondest memory of Kenney Gym: Playing games in Kenney Gym with my future teammates during my recruiting visit.
Number one thing you learned from your coaches last season: In the end it comes down to how mentally tough you are.
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: Daddy and mommy, I'm coming home!
Best memory from NCAA Championships: Having my friends and family watch me compete at NCAA's.
Best memory from LA (outside of competing):Enjoying the nice warm sun!
What recent alum you miss the most and what you learned from her: Kelsey Joannides and Hannah Welker - They taught me to love my freshmen and take care of them. My class was lucky to have these two girls as our seniors and no one could ever take that away from us.
Fondest team activity memory outside of competing: Football games with the girls
Favorite Illini sporting event to attend outside your own: Basketball
Favorite guilty pleasure food item: Cookies
Favorite gymnastics event to end a meet on: Beam
Favorite opponent to compete against and why: University of Michigan because I want to beat them!
Favorite movie from last year: The Vow
Favorite show on TV right now: Orange is the New Black
Favorite hobby outside of sports: Crafting
Favorite color and number: Pink and 35
Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Country Line Dancing
Favorite building on the quad and why: Lincoln Hall because all my classes are located there.
Favorite vacation spot: Home
Favorite class you've taken and why: Public Policy Communication because I had a great professor.
Favorite person to follow on twitter and why: Future Illinois teammates because they are all so excited to come to Illinois and be a part of the team. They all have so much Illini spirit!
Favorite summertime and winter activity: Laying out / Sleeping
Dream you would like to accomplish in your lifetime: Start my own care facility for stray animals.
What is a hidden talent of yours: Excellent snowball maker
Quote you live by: "When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile."
Name 3 things on your future bucket list: Live in Africa with the wild animals, visit the Coral Reefs, and see the Northern Lights