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    Hannah Welker
    Hannah Welker
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Butler, Pa.

    High School:
    Knoch

    Height:
    5-2

    Event:
    All-Around

    Club:
    Butler Gymnastics

    08/14/2012

    Four Illini Gymnasts Earn Scholastic All-America

    Team and individual winners selected for the 2011-12 season

    05/03/2012

    2012 Women's Gymnastics Season Wrap-Up

    Season in Review

    04/07/2012

    Weinstein Wins Regional All-Around Crown, Advances to Nationals

    Illini Take Third Overall Led by Weinstein's Career-High 39.450

    03/28/2012

    Forty-Seven Illini Named Academic All-Big Ten

    Winter Sports Earn Academic Honors

    03/28/2012

    Forty-Seven Illini Named Academic All-Big Ten

    Winter Sports Earn Academic Honors

    02/07/2012

    Ohio State Meet 2/4/12

    Photos from the women's gymnastics meet against Ohio State at Huff Hall

    01/09/2012

    2011 Mixed Pairs

    Photos of women's gymnastics at the 2011 Mixed Pairs exhibition meet.

    AT ILLINOIS

    2012 - Senior: Competed on bars at eight meets and on floor five times ... Notched a career-high 9.850 on bars in a runner-up showing vs. Ohio State ... Set a career high on floor with a 9.775 vs. Michigan State ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    2011 - Junior: Did not compete.

    2010 - Sophomore: Scored a career-high 9.675 on uneven bars at the Big Ten Championships, as a last-minute replacement for the injured Fernandez in the lineup ... Competed on uneven bars twice, and exhibitioned nine times ... Exhibitioned  twice on floor ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    2009 - Freshman: Exhibitioned on bars five times and on beam twice.

    High School/Club: Four-time Level 10 Regional Qualifier ... Placed 14th in all-around at the 2006 Level 10 Regionals ... Finished runner-up on floor and fourth in the all-around at the 2006 Pennsylvania State Championhips ... Three-time TOP's National Qualifier ... Club team was Butler Gymnastics Club ... Coached by Steve Heasley.

    Personal: Born July 24, 1990 ... Daughter of Dr. Keith and Natalie Welker ... Older sister, Renee, played Division III lacrosse at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. ... Says she chose Illinois because "I loved the team. All of the girls are so close and the coaches also make the team feel like one big family" ... Honor Student four years in high school ... Honored in the "Who's Who among High School Seniors" ... Majoring in broadcast journalism.

    Hannah's Career Highs
    Bars: 9.850 (2/4/12)
    Floor: 9.775 (2/17/12)

    The Welker File
    Nickname: Hannie, Tuna
    Favorite place on campus: The Quad because you can just sit there and relax
    Best memory as an Illini: Qualifying to Nationals for the first time ever my freshmen year
    Best part about Kenney Gym: I love the windows all around the gym and the character the building has. It's old, but it is like no other gym out there.
    Funniest teammate: Sarah
    Best dressed teammate: Amber
    Something I have to bring on every road trip: My laptop
    Favorite event: Uneven Bars
    Favorite athlete: Roger Federer (Tennis)
    Favorite Illini athlete: Nate Scheelhaase (Football)
    Favorite all-time gymnast: Mary Lou Retton
    Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers
    Favorite movie: Hitch
    Favorite TV show: Gossip Girl
    Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye
    Favorite food: Chicken
    Favorite cereal: Kashi Honey Sunshine
    Favorite ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
    Favorite activity outside gymnastics: Gathering and reporting the news
    Favorite restaurant: Miyako Japanese Steakhouse in Pittsburgh, PA
    Favorite band: Michael Buble
    Mac or PC: Mac
    Dream Job: Being an ESPN sports reporter
    Cartoon character that best describes me: Spongebob
    Super power I would most like to have: Teleportation
    If I was on a reality show it would be: The Bachelorette
    If I weren't a gymnast, I would play: Golf
    One thing I can't go a day without: Facebook
    Something most people don't know about me: I interned at CBS News in New York City this summer
    One thing I've always dreamt about doing: Skydiving
    Three words that describe me are: Happy, funny, hardworking
    Career Plans: I am pursuing a career in sports reporting. After graduation, I hope to become a sports reporter/anchor for a TV station

    Updated May 2012

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