Jennifer Naughton Q & A
NIU Career Bests: Vault - 9.850; Beam - 9.875; Floor - 9.850
2008: Competed on the vault, beam, and floor exercise events in all nine regular-season meets for the Huskies. Selected as an alternate on balance beam for the NCAA Regionals Won the beam and floor exercise events with scores of 9.750 and 9.800, respectively, against Western Michigan (1/27). Also third on vault with a 9.725 and earned MAC Specialist of the Week honors. Claimed the beam (9.825) and floor (9.800) titles and placed second on vault (9.775) versus Ball State (3/2). At UIC (2/27), recorded a 9.825 on beam, 9.675 on floor exercise, and 9.600 on vault to finish third, fourth, and sixth, respectively. Tallied a career-best score of 9.875 on the beam versus Central Michigan and UIC (2/3) to win the event as the team recorded the fifth-highest score on beam. Earned another title on beam with a 9.825 in a quadrangular meet (3/8). Recorded her career-best scores of 9.850 on the vault and floor exercise versus Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan (3/14). At the Illinois State Championships, earned a second-place finish on beam with a career-best score of 9.875. Also secured a top 10 finish on vault with a 9.725. Placed sixth in the conference on floor exercise with a 9.750 at the MAC Championships (3/29). For the season, averaged a 9.683 on vault and 9.736 on beam to rank first on the team. Averaged a 9.708 on floor exercise.
2007: Competed in all 12 meets for the Huskies on the vault, beam, and floor exercise. Finished in the top 10 in every event for the first three meets. Earned third-place on vault, second-place on beam and sixth-place on floor exercise versus M.I.T. and Wisconsin-Stout (1/14). Tallied scores of 9.750 and 9.725 on the floor and vault, respectively, to win floor and take third on vault versus Bowling Green (1/28). Led the Huskies on beam with a career-high 9.875 at Denver (2/17). Tied for the highest score on vault with a career-best 9.850 versus Iowa State and Illinois (2/25). After a strong performance against Eastern Michigan (3/4) with scores of 9.800, 9.775, and 9.725 for the beam, floor exercise, and vault, was named MAC Specialist of the Week. Also earned honors as a member of the All-State team: placed first on floor with a career-best 9.850, fifth on vault with a 9.800, and third on balance beam with a 9.750 at the State Championships (3/25). Earned a sixth-place finish in the MAC with a 9.750 on vault (3/31). Named to the 2007 Academic All-MAC Gymnastics team. Selected as an alternate for the NCAA Regionals (4/14) on balance beam, but did not compete. For the season, averaged 9.665, 9.606, and 9.538 for the vault, beam, and floor exercise, respectively. Finished in the top three on beam eight times. Finished in the top 10 eight times on floor exercise.
2006: Earned NIU's highest scores of the season on vault, beam and floor while participating in every meet. Tied for second at the MAC Championships (3/25) on vault with a season-best 9.850. Recorded a career-best 9.875 on balance beam to tie for fourth versus Michigan State (3/5). Twice tallied a 9.825 on floor, versus Western Michigan (2/12) and versus Michigan State. For the season, averaged a 9.648 on vault, a 9.707 (led team) on beam and a 9.541 on floor. Tied for first on vault at Bowling Green (2/3) with a 9.800 and took third on beam with a 9.700. Scored a 9.800 on floor at the second Huskie Triangular to tie for second. Also tied for fourth on beam at that meet with a 9.800. At Kent State (3/12), earned second place on beam with a 9.800 routine and tied for third on both vault (9.750) and floor (9.725). Tied for third on beam at the State of Illinois Classic (3/18) with a 9.750.
Prep: A Level 10 gymnast for three years at Kansas City Gymnastics. As a junior, placed second on beam and eighth in the all-around at state with scores of 9.325 and 36.275, respectively. At the Missouri state U.S.A.G. meet, took third on the vault, beam, floor and in the all-around. Scored a 9.5 on the floor exercise and a 9.275 on vault. Her sophomore season, earned second-place on vault and beam, was fifth on floor exercise and eighth in the all-around. Advanced to nationals as a freshman where she placed third on the balance beam, 11th on vault and 16th in the all-around. Scored a 9.425 on beam and a 9.275 on vault at the national meet. Won the beam, took second on floor and was fifth all-around at the U.S.A.G. Regional meet in 2002 with a high score of 9.5 on the floor. At the state competition, won the vault and floor exercise and placed fifth in the all-around after posting scores of 9.6 on floor and 9.425 on vault. Two-year letterwinner on the track and field team where she qualified for the state meet in the long jump as a junior after taking third at both the sectional and district meets. Runner-up in the conference in the long jump and placed third in the triple jump. Her sophomore year, won the conference triple jump title and took second in the long jump. Was third in the triple jump at the district meet.
Personal: Daughter of Elizabeth Naughton and the late Danny Naughton. Born Oct. 18, 1986 in Jefferson City, Mo. Majoring in psychology. Named to the NACGC Academic All-America team as a freshman with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Also earned Victory Scholar status with a GPA above 3.5 each of the last three seasons. Named a State of Illinois All-Academic choice in 2006. Certified as a U.S.A.G. judge at Levels 5-6.