Weinstein Wraps Career at NCAA Event Finals
April 21, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior Alina Weinstein officially wrapped up the Illinois women's gymnastics season at the NCAA Championships individual event finals on Sunday, also ending her memorable four year career in an Illini leotard. The New Jersey native scored a 9.7500 on floor and placed 12th in the country in the event.
"So many emotions right now," said Alina Weinstein. "I fell in love with this sport and this is what I've been doing for the past 15 years. I left my heart out there today. Not the way i wanted to finish my last routine but I've had a fairytale season representing Illinois and I've had the best time of my life."
Weinstein was the fourth individual event finalist in program history and the first one to reach the NCAA floor finals. On her first tumbling pass this afternoon, Weinstein's feet shuffled forward on the landing, but Weinstein went on to stick her next two passes to score the 9.75.
On Friday afternoon, the senior earned First-Team All-American status after tying for first in her session with 9.9 on floor. Weinstein is now the third ever Illini gymnast to garner multiple All-American honors, following in Allison Buckley's and Melissa Fernandez's footsteps.
This season on floor, Weinstein accomplished 10 scores that were a 9.9 or higher, hitting 15-15 of her routines. In addition, Weinstein has undoubtedly left her mark on the program after setting a new Illinois record on floor with a 9.975, a feat she achieved twice this year.
A Big Ten gymnast did reach the top of the podium as Michigan's Joanna Sampson took first place on floor with a 9.9375. Florida had the most to celebrate this weekend, capturing their first NCAA Championship with a 197.575 at Super Six. Finally, the Ilini tied a program high with a final ranking of 11th in the country.
"There's so much more to expect from Illinois," concluded Weinstein. "They're going to be great. There's so much potential and room to grow with this program."
2013 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships - Event Finals Floor Exercise Results
1. Joanna Sampson, Michigan - 9.9375
2. Diandra Milliner, Alabama - 9.9250
3. Emily Wong, Nebraska - 9.9125
4. Bridget Sloan, Florida - 9.9000
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota - 9.9000
6. Katherine Grable, Arkansas - 9.8875
Marissa King, Florida - 9.8875
8. Nansy Damianova, Utah - 9.8750
9. Rheagan Courville, LSU - 9.8125
10. Kim Jacob, Alabama - 9.8000
11. Olivia Courtney, UCLA - 9.7750
12. Alina Weinstein, Illinois - 9.7500