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     Karen Morales
    Karen Morales


    Elmhurst, Ill.

    High School:
    East Leyden

    Last College:
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh


    Itasca Park District & Aerial Gymnastics

    2009: Appeared in 10 meets...tallied a season highand career highscore on the uneven bars of 9.775...her season high score on balance beam was a 9.750 against Ohio State Jan. 24...also tallied a season high and career highon vault with a score 9.775 against Illinois Mar. 7.

    2008: Competed in 11 of 13 meets during the season...All-MIC Second Team...made her rookie debut against Western Michigan on Jan. 20...placed third on the balance beam with a 9.70 against Centenary on Jan. 26...scored a season-best 9.60 on the vault versus Northern Illinois and Central Michigan on March 2...shared the balance beam title with teammate Emily Fiorilli with identical season-best scores of 9.80 against Ball State and SEMO on March 8...took third-place on the balance beam with a 9.675 versus Illinois State on March 11...recorded a fourth-place finish on the balance beam (9.625) at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships on March 28. P

    rior to UIC:
    Attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for one semester.

    Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner at East Leyden...all-conference, all-academic, and conference champion all four years...four year state qualifier and a two-time state finals MVP all four years...awarded Illinois Outstanding Senior Gymnast of the Year...Leyden's only gymnast to make it to state preliminaries and state finals all four years...member of Itasca Park District for four years and Aerial Gymnastics for one year...Level 8, 9, 10 state and regional qualifier...born April 10, 1988...daughter of Reinaldo Morales and Karin Chew...majoring in elementary education.

    Career Bests
    - 9.775
    Uneven Bars
    - 9.775
    Beam - 9.800
    - 9.500