The Fighting Illini women’s gymnastics team has been a mainstay in the Big Ten conference and has qualified to NCAA regionals every year since 2004. The program also sends individuals to nationals on a regular basis. The team won the Big Ten title in 1990 and counts 13 individual conference champions. The Illini have advanced to the NCAA National Championships four times—in 2009 where they finished 12th, and in 2011, 2013 and 2014 where they finished 11th. In 2016, freshman Lizzy LeDuc was able to make it to nationals as an individual on floor. LeDuc was the first Illini freshman to qualify individually for NCAAs since 2008. Other successful former gymnasts include Alina Weinstein, Allison Buckley, Melissa Fernandez and 1972 U.S. Olympian Nancy Thies.

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Past and Future Rosters

NameYearHometownClub GymSocial Media
Rae BalthazorSoBoulder, Colo.Airborne GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Nicole BiondiFrTownsend, Mass.10.0 AcademyTwitter | Instagram
Rachael DonovanJrBethlehem, Pa.ParkettesTwitter | Instagram
Lindsay DwyerSoGlen Cove, N.Y.Infinity EliteTwitter | Instagram
Jordyn GivensSrKeller, TexasTop Flight GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Grace GoughFrIndianapolis, Ind.Jaycee Phelps Athletic CenterTwitter | Instagram
Bridget HodanSrBrookfield, Wis.Salto GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Mary Jane HorthSrAkron, OhioGym WorldTwitter | Instagram
Karen HowellSoSterling Heights, Mich.Olympia GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Julia HutchersonJrCanton, Ga.Gymnastics Academy of AtlantaTwitter | Instagram
Brittany JonesSoScottsdale, Ariz.Xtreme GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Sarah LyonsGrNew Braunfels, TexasAerial AthleticsTwitter | Instagram
Kasey MeeksFrShawnee, Kan.Pinnacle GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Kylie NoonanFrVadnais Heights, Minn.Midwest GymnasticsTwitter | Instagram
Tessa PhillipsFrLagrange, OhioGym WorldTwitter | Instagram
Haylee RoeJrMesquite, TexasMetroplexTwitter | Instagram
Jaylen SpenceFrSuwanee, Ga.Gymnastix Training CenterTwitter | Instagram


Nadalie Walsh | Head Coach | First Season | Twitter | Instagram
Chris Bogantes | Assistant Coach | First Season | Twitter | Instagram
Ashley Priess-Johnston | Assistant Coach | First Season | Instagram
Maci Sump | Volunteer Assistant Coach | Third Season

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