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2008 Gymnastics Roster

Nicola Willis

AA

Height
5' 0"
CLASS
Senior
Hometown
Hadleigh, England (South Essex)
School

All-American
2008 All-SEC

Collegiate Bests:

Vault:

9.90

1-25-08

Bars:

9.95

2-15-08

Beam:

9.875

2-15-08

Floor:

9.95

3-17-06

AA:

39.40

1-11/3-14-08

AS A SENIOR (2008) - All-America first-team member for floor exercise, taking third in NCAA floor final (9.9125)…top three finishers in 2008 NCAA floor final all represented their country in the Olympics – champion Courtney McCool of Georgia (2004 U.S.), runner-up Tasha Schwikert of UCLA (2000 U.S.) and Willis (2004 Great Britain)…NCAA Southeast Region floor exercise co-champion (9.90)…set four collegiate-best marks as a senior - all-around (39.40), vault (9.90), bars (9.95) and beam (9.875)…All-Southeastern Conference second-team member after turning in second-highest bars mark (9.90) of the league championships, which tied for fourth overall…shared 2008 season-opener floor exercise win at 9.925…third in all-around with collegiate-best total of 39.40…equaled all-around best total versus Utah…also competed as an all-arounder at UNC, taking third at 39.375…used mark of 9.90 to claim her first collegiate vault title at Auburn…runner-up versus LSU with collegiate-best beam mark (9.875)...used a collegiate-best 9.95 to share LSU uneven bars title with teammates Melanie Sinclair and Amanda Castillo…season-best floor mark (9.925) was second versus Georgia and versus LSU…competed in at least three events 12 of the 14 meets…named "Most Improved" and recipient of "CommuniGator" award for her community service contributions at the team's annual awards banquet…named to SEC Good Works team…SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

AS A JUNIOR (2007) - Shared NCAA Northeast Region uneven bars title (9.875) - first bar title of season and second of collegiate career…reset collegiate bars best twice in 2007, turning in a then-best of 9.90 at Super Six Challenge and upped mark to 9.925 Feb. 16 versus Kentucky…turned in season-best floor mark of 9.925 to share NC State meet title with teammate Tiffany Murry…runner-up in Boise State uneven bars competition at 9.875…recipient of team's "CommuniGator" award for her community service contributions.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2006) - Matched UF's season-best floor exercise mark of 9.95 with her win versus Utah…set or matched her collegiate-best marks in each of the three events competed versus Utah - vault (9.85), uneven bars (9.85) and floor (9.95)…matched collegiate-best bars mark (9.85) to tie for fifth at the SEC Championships…all-around runner-up (38.925) in collegiate competitive debut…shared NCAA Northeast Region bars title at 9.875…shared floor exercise title (9.875) with teammate Tiffany Murry versus Illinois…second in Kentucky floor competition (9.90)…turned in collegiate-best vault mark of 9.85 five times…runner-up in Florida triangular vault competition at 9.85…believed to be the first Gator to successfully complete a double-layout in floor exercise routine…earned floor marks of 9.85 in both NCAA Championships team qualifying and Super Six competition…last minute replacement in the Gators' uneven bars lineup versus Georgia, responding with a 9.825…shared first in the North Carolina State triangular uneven bar standings (9.80)…member of SEC Academic Honor Roll.

AS A FRESHMAN (2005) - Performed an exhibition floor routine at Auburn dual, receiving a 9.75…also turned in an exhibition floor routine (9.70) versus Kentucky…underwent shoulder surgery March 21 and missed remainder of season…member of SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA - Represented Great Britain in some of the world’s most prestigious gymnastics competitions, including the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens (vault/9.025, bars/8.937, floor/9.175)…member of fifth-place GB team at 2004 European Championships…traveled to Los Angeles for the 2003 World Championships, but was forced to sit out the competition due to injury…third in all-around at 2004 British Championships…top British all-arounder at the 2003 Masillia Cup, taking 24th  - also took ninth on floor…claimed three golds (vault, floor, tied for first on bars) and the bronze on beam at the 2003 British Championships…fourth in all-around at 2003 British Championships…at the 2002 World Championships, finished 18th on vault and 19th on floor…member of British team that was runner-up at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where she was sixth in the all-around and eighth on the balance beam…made international debut as a member of the British gold medal team at the 2000 Olympic Hopefuls competition in the Czech Republic…she took seventh in the all-around at the same event…considers floor her best event.


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