Illinois reaching NCAA's for third time in past five years
Illinois looking to qualify for third NCAA Championships
Illinois searches for 2nd title in program history
Illinois looks to win their sixth straight in annual event
Illinois scores a 196.3 for the second time this weekend
Illini women's gymnastics team competed at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, California.
2014 - Sophomore: Did not compete ... Won the team's Scholar-Athlete Award ... Received Michael E. Napier award from the ECE department.
2013 - Freshman: Earned a spot in the floor lineup midway through the season, competing in the final six meets of the season, including all three post-season meets ... Set a career high of 9.8 on floor at Missouri and achieved the mark again two days later vs. Ball State & UIC on Senior Day ... Scored a 9.75 at Big Ten's and a 9.7 at the NCAA Championships ... Hit 5-of-6 routines ... Scholastic All-American.
High School/Club: State and Regional qualifier in 2011 ... Recorded a personal best 9.425 on floor at 2011 Regionals ... California Scholarship Federation Member ... Scholar of Distinction ... Principle Scholar ... Awarded Los Gatos High School Science Department Award ... Club team was Pacific West Gymnastics ... Coached by Maria Traggio-Rivera and Leviv Mazilu.
Personal: Daughter of Alan and Marrian Fujinami ... Says she chose Illinois because of the great engineering program and for a chance to extend her gymnastics career ... Majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Tori's Career Highs
Floor: 9.8 (twice, last vs. Ball State & UIC, 3/10/13)
The Fujinami File
Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): Easter egg hunt in our hotel room set up by the parents
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: Amazement and excitement that we qualified for the 2nd year in a row and had such a record breaking season.
The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? More geographic diversity in the Big 10 conference, most of the schools are in the Midwest, now there are some from the east coast too. Beyond location though, adding another school always adds more friendly competition and a chance to compete against different teams.
Describe the 2015 team in one word: Promising
Biggest learning experience from last season: Gymnastics is such an individual sport in club, but college gymnastics is so different because it is all about the team. I never really gave any thought to team chemistry before, but last year made me realize how good team chemistry makes such a huge difference in how well a team can do.
Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: Hopefully we'll make it to nationals again and get to compete against all the top schools like Alabama, Florida, and Oklahoma. It's always a lot of fun to go against such top competitors and get to see some really amazing gymnastics.
Best Dressed Teammate: Sunny
Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make them famous): Sunny for having a record number of pets
If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? Captain William Brighton from the book Dead Reckoning by the Cheney brothers
Something I have to bring on every trip: Watermelon
Your dream job: National park ranger, although if doing puzzles was a job, that would be pretty fun too.
Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Sala Iwamatsu
If I were on a reality show, what would it be? No clue, I don't watch reality TV or any TV for that matter.
Super power I would most like to have: Ability to fly
Something most people don't know about me: My family likes to make our own jam from fruit we picked ourselves.
Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: Class color day this past summer
Favorite spot on campus: Engineering quad
Favorite childhood movie: Mulan
First AIM screen name: Never had an AIM
Favorite holiday (and why): Thanksgiving because it is one of the few times when I get to slow down in my crazy life, gather with family, and reflect on how lucky I am and all the things for which I am so incredibly thankful.
Concerts I've been to lately: None, I haven't been to a concert in a couple years
TV show I'm obsessed with right now: Don't watch any TV shows at all
Favorite app on my phone: Metronome app
Person who inspires me the most: My parents
City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): San Jose, or somewhere else in the California Bay Area because that will always be home to me. And besides, the weather is so irresistibly nice in California.