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     Joe Blum
    Joe Blum

    Lemont, Ill.

    High School:


    2005: Competed in every meet as a redshirt freshman...placed fourth on high bar with a score of 8.500 against Navy and Springfield on Feb. 26...posted a career-best 8.750 on high bar at Illinois on Mar. 12, the team's second-leading score of the meet... posted a collegiate-best 8.250 on floor exercise against the Illini...registered a fourth-place showing on high bar against Air Force and Arizona State on Mar. 18...scored a career-best 8.550 on vault in his collegiate debut at the Windy City Invitational.

    2004: Redshirted his freshman year, retaining four years of eligibility.

    Prep/Personal: Two-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier (2001, 2003)...only Class 1 gymnast on Aerial Gymnastics club...appeared at regional and state meets four straight years (2000-2003)...finished second on the vault at the 2003 regionals...took seventh place at the state meet in 2003...born February 4, 1985...son of Joseph and Patty Blum...majoring in secondary education/history.