UTAH: NCAA bar and beam All-American was also 1998 GTE Academic All-American ... extremely reliable competitor is prepared to have best year yet ... prefers to lead off Utah's beam set, where she is good for a big opening score. 1998-Made first-team All-American on bars, placing sixth at NCAA Championships (9.825) ... second-team GTE Academic All-American (3.92 GPA in exercise and sport science) ... great two-event performer hit big on all five routines at NCAA Championships ... qualified for event finals on bars with career-tying 9.90 routine on first night of NCAA's ... scored 9.875 on bars in Super Six ... received 9.80 on beam both nights of NCAA Championships ... won first event of career on Feb. 6, when she tied for first on bars with career-best 9.90 ... hit 25 of 26 routines ... NACGC/W Scholastic All-American. 1997-Second-team All-American on beam (16th, 9.825) ... in just second career all-around, scored 39.075 at NCAA Championships ... also topped 39.00 in other all-around (39.150) ... ten 9.80 or better scores on beam included 9.825 at NCAA Championships and 9.80 at regionals ... set career-bests on all four events ... NACGC/W Scholastic All-American. 1996-Preseason Achilles' surgery prevented any tumbling ... competed on bars in every meet but one ... Utah's first competitor up at NCAA Championships scored 9.775 ... NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.
CLUB, HIGH SCHOOL, PERSONAL: Trained under Don and Patrice McPherson at Aerial Gymnastics Club ... competed in five Level 10 National Championships ... tied for first on bars with twin sister Sarah at 1994 Level 10 meet ... sixth all-around at 1991 national meet and second on bars in 1991 event ... 1995 Level 10 regional all-around champion ... member of National Honor Society ... graduated from Glenbard East High School (Ill.) with highest honors ... majoring in exercise and sport science with pre-physical therapy emphasis ... wants career in physical therapy ... daughter of Roger and Cyndy Northrop ... identical twin (Sarah) is also senior on Ute team ... started gymnastics at age 3 ... nickname is "Mols" ... born Nov. 22, 1976 in Peoria, Ill.
M. Northrop's Career Highs
All-Around 39.150 vs. Southern Utah, Mar. 15, 1997
Vault 9.800 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 22, 1997
Bars 9.900 at NCAA Championships, Apr. 16, 1998
9.900 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 6, 1998
Beam 9.825 five times, all in 1997
Floor 9.800 vs. Southern Utah, Mar. 15, 1997