Alina Weinstein earned First Team All-American on floor and Second Team All-American in the all-around in first time regular season awards
April 6, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The NACGC/W announced their first ever regular-season All-American honors on Friday with University of Illinois senior gymnast Alina Weinstein picking up two awards. The New Jersey Native was named First Team All-American on floor and Second Team All-American in the all-around.
Weinstein has had a career year on floor as she is ranked fourth nationally in the event with a RQS of 9.940. In addition, Weinstein broke the school record on floor by scoring a 9.975 not once but twice. Furthermore, the senior has captured seven floor titles this season.
Weinstein has also left a permanent footprint in Illini history in the all-around where she is ranked 11th with a RQS of 39.505. On February 16, Weinstein broke 2011 alum Allison Buckley's all-around record (39.550) by scoring a 39.6. Then exactly one month later on March 16, Weinstein took her performance one step further by pushing the record to a 39.625. Lastly, Weinstein has achieved six titles from her accomplishments in the all-around this season.
"Earning two All-American awards this season is something that Alina should be very proud of," said Illini head coach Kim Landrus. "Her drive and determination have taken her gymnastics to a new level this year. These honors are a direct reflection of the talent, consistency, and top level performances that she has exhibited in 2013. As a coach, it has been very exciting to watch."
All-Americans were chosen based on their RQS entering NCAA Regional competition. The top eight ranked gymnasts in each event and the all-around earned first-team accolades, while second-team honors went to those ranked 9-16, including ties. NCAA All-American awards will still be given at the NCAA Championships held April 19-21 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Weinstein and the rest of the Fighting Illini will be in action this evening at 5 p.m. CT when they compete in the Morgantown Regional.