Leah Johnson Q & A
NIU Career Bests: Vault - 9.850; Bars - 9.775; Beam - 9.800; Floor - 9.850; All-Around - 39.125.
2008: Competed in eight of nine regular season meets for the Huskies and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in the all-around for the second straight year. For the season, averaged 9.681 for the vault with four top five finishes. Averaged 9.417 on bars, finishing in the top 10 four times and placing in the top five three times. Recorded an average of 9.422 on the beam with five top 10s. Tallied an impressive average of 9.73 for the floor exercise. Recorded eight top 10 finishes and was in the top five six times. In the all-around competition, averaged 38.250 and garnered five top 10 placings. For the season, earned second-highest average on the team for vault, ranked first in floor exercise, and second in the all-around competition. Against Kent State (1/20), recorded season-high scores of 9.800 and 9.775 for the vault and bars, respectively, to earn MAC Gymnast of the Week honors. Scored a 9.825 on floor and a 38.800 in the all-around competition in that meet to take three firsts. Earned her second MAC Gymnast of the Week honor versus Western Michigan (1/27) as she tallied a season-high 9.775 on bars, and went 9.725, 9.625, 9.800, and 38.925 for the vault, beam, floor, and all-around, respectively. Recorded a career-best score of 9.850 to win the floor exercise against Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan (3/14). At the Illinois State Championships (3/22) tallied season-best marks in the vault, beam, and all-around, scoring 9.800, 9.775, and 39.125, respectively. Earned second-place with a career-best score in the all-around, and placed third on vault at the State Championships. Placed sixth on floor exercise at the MAC Championships in Kent, Ohio (3/29).
2007: Competed in 11 of 12 regular season meets for the Huskies and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in the all-around. Second team All-MAC selection. Scored 38.500 at regionals to earn 14th place. For the season, averaged 9.692 on vault, 9.481 on bars, 9.583 on beam, 9.548 on floor exercise, and 38.304 in the all-around. Earned highest averages for the team for the vault and all-around, as well as second on the beam. On the vault, finished in the top three eight times. Placed in the top 10 for the bars in eight meets. Finished in the top 10 nine times on beam, with three top three finishes. On the floor, placed in the top 10 nine times. Placed in the top three in the all-around nine times. Started the season with first-place finishes on vault (9.750), beam (9.675), and all-around (38.150) at the Huskie Triangular versus Wisconsin-Stout and M.I.T (1/14). Recorded a season-best score of 9.750 on bars and had a season-best score of 9.775 on beam at Denver (2/17). Tallied a first-place finish on vault with a career-best score of 9.850 versus Ball State (2/23). Placed first on vault with a 9.775 and first on floor exercise with a career-best score of 9.825 versus Eastern Michigan (3/4). Tallied scores of 9.850, 9.725, 9.700, 9.800, and 39.075 for the vault, bars, beams, floor, and all-around, respectively, to earn first-place finishes and state titles for both the vault and all-around at the State Championships (3/25). Named MAC Gymnast of the Week following that performance. Tied for third on vault at the MAC Championships (3/31) with a score of 9.775 and was fifth in the all-around competition with a 38.650.
2006: Made an immediate impact before suffering a season-ending injury versus Eastern Michigan (2/18). Won the all-around title in each of her first three competitions and was second versus Western Michigan (2/12). Tallied a top all-around score of 39.050 at the Huskie Triangular (1/29) with season-high scores of 9.800 on vault and beam and 9.775 on floor. Averaged a 9.675 in five outings on vault. Recorded a 9.800 to tie for first on vault at Bowling Green (2/3) and tied for third on vault with a 9.750 in the Huskie Triangular (1/15). Named the MACGymnast of the Week with that performance. Earned three titles versus Bowling Green with a 38.075 in the all-around, a 9.800 on vault and a 9.750 on beam. Averaged a 9.718 in four outings on balance beam and her floor average was 9.583. Prep: Earned two letters as a member of her high school gymnastics team and captained the squad as a junior and sophomore. First team All-North Suburban Conference choice as a junior and was the team Most Valuable Player. Won the league all-around title with a record-setting score of 38.5. At the 2004 IHSA state championship meet, finished fourth on vault, sixth on floor exercise, seventh on bars and eighth in the all-around. Took second place on vault at the 2003 IHSA state meet. A second team all-conference selection as a sophomore. Two-year Elite All-American selection. Competed at Level 10 for five years for American Academy of Gymnastics in Wheeling, Ill. and qualified for regionals four times. At the U.S.A. Gymnastics regionals, finished ninth in the all-around, fourth on the uneven bars and sixth on floor exercise. Qualified for the 2004 Junior Olympics. Level 10 state and regional qualifier in each of her first three years of high school. Top prep scores were 9.7 on bars (9.35 USAG), 9.6 on beam (9.05), 9.75 on floor exercise (9.55) and 9.85 on vault (9.4).
Personal: Daughter of Tamara Johnson-Draper and Johnny Johnson, Jr. Born Sept. 20, 1987. An organizational and corporate communications major.