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Rachael Zelinski
Rachael Zelinski

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Worthington, OH

High School:
Worthington

Event:
All-Around

Club:
Universal Gymnasts, Inc.


2007: One of UIC's best beam and floor exercise performers...All-Midwest Independent Second Team honoree...placed third on beam with a 9.825 in the season opener at SEMO and Centenary on Jan. 13....won the floor exercise event with a 9.8 against Illinois State, SEMO and Centenary on Jan. 19...placed first on both beam and floor against San Jose State on Feb. 3 ...turned in a personal-best 9.9 on beam in her win versus the Spartans...placed third on floor with a 9.8 at Centenary on March 2...won the floor exercise title two days later with a 9.75 against the Ladies on March 4...placed first on beam with a 9.85 at Illinois on March 17...led UIC with a 9.8 on floor against the Illini...shared the State of Illinois Classic floor exercise title with a 9.85 on March 25...placed fifth on floor with a 9.7 at the Midwest Independent Championships on March 31...turned in UIC's best floor exercise performance with a 9.775 at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships on April 14.

2006: Competed on the balance beam, floor exercise and bars for the Flames as a junior...took home titles in both the beam (9.775) and floor exercise (career-high 9.90) versus Minnesota on Jan. 21...named Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 27...placed first on the beam at Northern Illinois on Jan. 15 with a season-high mark of 9.875...tied for top honors on the beam (9.70) versus Texas Women's University on Feb. 18...took first on the floor exercise at San Jose State on Feb. 3 with a 9.850...earned All-Midwest Independent Conference Second Team accolades on the beam, tying for fourth place with a 9.70 at the conference meet.

2005: NCAA South Central Regional qualifier on floor exercise...shared team's second-best score of the season on floor with a 9.900...her 9.9 on floor against Rhode Island on Feb. 19, which earned her second place at the meet, marked her career-best...also matched her career-best on beam (9.875) twice during the year...posted a 9.875 on beam to take second in the event at Illinois State on Mar. 9...matched her career-best on beam with a 9.875 at the State of Illinois Classic, placing first overall...posted a team-leading 9.875 on floor exercise to place second against Arizona, Michigan State and Missouri on Jan. 14...placed third on both beam (9.650) and floor (9.725) in UIC's win over Iowa on Jan. 22...her 9.850 on beam earned her second place at SEMO on Jan. 29...tied for third on floor with a 9.775 against Illinois, Iowa and Illinois State...captured balance beam (9.8) and floor exercise (9.825) victories against Western Michigan on Feb. 26...led team on with a third-place 9.775 on beam and a fifth-place 9.775 on floor at LSU on Mar. 4...led UIC on floor with a second-place 9.875 against Michigan State and Illinois State on Mar. 12...scored a 9.8 on floor, sharing 15th place out of 42 competitors at the NCAA South Central Regional.

2004: Only UIC freshman to compete in every meet...dazzled on beam and floor throughout season...made collegiate debut at Arkansas with 9.250 on beam and 9.075 on floor...dramatically improved her next time out, posting a 9.775 on beam and a 9.575 on floor against Illinois...established career-high 9.875 on beam against Illinois State, good for fourth place...finished second in same meet on floor exercise with 9.850...earned 9.725 on floor at Midwest Independent Championships...tied for second-best floor score on the team at the NCAA South Central Regional on April 3, matching Regine Charron with a 9.750.

Prep/Personal: Consistent performer at top national meets...earned a 9.5 for her Level 10 floor exercise at the 2003 Arnold Classic...posted a score of 9.5 for her Level 10 performance on the balance beam at the 2003 Vegas Vacation meet...National Honor Society student at Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio...born July 20, 1985...daughter of Matthew and Brenda Zelinski...major is undecided.

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