Lauren Africano
Lauren Africano

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Bourbonnais, IL

High School:
Bradley-Bourbonnais Community

Height:
5-3

Gym:
United Gymnastics Academy


03/22/2014

HUSKIES TAKE FOURTH AT MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Beam, Floor Propel NIU; Kim Gotlund Takes Third in the All-Around

03/15/2014

NIU Scores 195 for Second Straight Meet

Huskies Fall to No. 22 Arizona State in Regular Season Finale

02/23/2014

Huskies Drop MAC Dual Meet at Bowling Green

Olsen Scores 9.825 on Vault and 9.800 on Beam to Lead NIU

02/21/2014

Huskies Take Third at Illinois Classic

NIU Scores Season Highs on Three Events

03/16/2013

Huskies Count Only One Miss at State of Illinois Classic

NIU's Amanda Stepp Named to All-State Team

NIU Career Bests: Bars - 9.800 (at WMU, 3-10-13)

2013: Competed in all 11 meets on uneven parallel bars as a freshman. Earned her career high of 9.800 against MAC foe Western Michigan (3-10) where she finished fifth. Took third at Ball State (1-25) with a 9.700 on bars. Fourth at Central Michigan (2-8) with a 9.775. Completed her freshman season averaging a 9.625 on the event with five top five finishes and five scores over 9.700.

Prep: Trained at United Gymnastics Academy in Frankfort, Ill. with three years as USAG Level 10 competitor. Advanced to Region 5 Championships three times, tying for second on uneven parallel bars with a 9.425 in 2012 for her top finish. Scored a career best 9.600 on bars at the 2011 Illinois State Meet to take third place and was sixth in the all-around with a 37.150, also a career high. Won the bars event at the 2012 Gasparilla Classic and the 2012 Bravo Classic with scores of 9.500. Also tallied a 35.675 in the all-around at Gasparilla Meet for fourth place. Earned a 36.250 all-around score at the 2012 Illinois State Meet to place 10th. Placed fourth in the all-around, third on uneven parallel bars and sixth on balance beam at GymQuarters Invitational in 2011.

Personal: Born Oct. 19 in Kankakee, Ill. to parents Caryn and James Africano. Was an honor roll student in high school. Won 2007 Slate Games of America competition. Admires former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.

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