Kim Landrus was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at Iowa State and the first ever NCAA qualifier.
Sep 1, 2013
AMES, Iowa - University of Illinois head women's gymnastics coach Kim Landrus can now add the title of hall of famer to her resume after her alma mater Iowa State inducted her and five others into the prestigious club this past Friday night. A total of 148 athletes have been enshrined into the Iowa State Letterwinners Club Athletics Hall of Fame, which was established in 1997.
Kim Landrus helped put the Cyclones gymnastics program on the map during her time there from 1994-97. Landrus scored the first perfect 10 in Iowa State and Big 12 history en route to a conference title on floor. To this day, she still owns the school record in the floor exercise and is just one of three gymnasts in program history to score a 10.0. In addition, she was Iowa State's first-ever NCAA qualifier, a two-time Academic All-American and was named Iowa State's Female Athlete of the Year in 1997.
"I am very honored to be inducted into the Iowa State Hall of Fame class," said Landrus. "My experience as a student athlete was an opportunity that was filled with so many memories. I hope that I will be able to impact the lives of those in the Illini family the way that mine was impacted. This night is something I will always remember."
Kim Landrus will begin her third season as the head coach for the Fighting Illini this year. Last season was one of the best for the Orange and Blue after qualifying for their third NCAA Championships in the past five seasons and tying a program high with a No. 11 final national ranking.