Position
All-around
Height
5'3
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Virginia Beach, Va.
Previous School
Excalibur
High School
Kempsville HS

2007 First-Team All-American (Vault)
2007 Second-Team All-American (All-Around)
2005 All-SEC Selection

SENIOR SEASON (2007)
Wrapped up her career by earning All-America honors on the vault and in the all-around at the NCAA Championships … Was a first-team selection on the vault and a second-team honoree in the all-around … Her 9.950 on the vault during the NCAA prelims qualified her for the Individual Event Finals where she finished tied for 13th with a 9.5563 … Was a solid four-event performer for the Tigers throughout the season, seeing all-around action in 14 of LSU’s 15 meets while averaging a 39.166 on the year … Finished the regular season ranked 25th nationally in the all-around with a RQS of 39.320 … Notched a 39.125 or better in 11 of the Tigers’ last 12 meets … Turned in a career-high 39.525 all-around performance against Penn State … Was nearly as good against Alabama and at the NCAA Championships, notching scores of 39.400 at both meets … Also a standout on the vault, she won the NCAA Southeast Regional title and finished the regular season ranked seventh nationally on the event with an 9.915 RQS … Won five event titles on the season, picking up three on the vault and one each on the bars and beam … Won the vault versus Iowa (9.925), Nebraska (9.950) and at the regional championships (9.950), and picked up titles on the beam versus Illinois (9.825) and the bars against Penn State (9.875).

JUNIOR SEASON (2006)
Competed in 14 of the Tigers’ 15 meets and saw action in the all-around on six separate occasions … Picked up the first all-around title of her career against Iowa, scoring a 38.875 … Turned in her best all-around performance at the NCAA Championships, scoring a 39.075 … Won three vault titles on the year, scoring a 9.850 or better in each of those victories … Finished the year with the team’s second-best season average on the vault (9.835) and did not score below a 9.775 on the event all year … On the bars, notched a season-high 9.850 against Alabama and posted 9.800s at both the SEC and NCAA Regional Championships … Twice scored a season-best 9.775 on the beam, first at the TWU Quad Meet and then in the Tigers’ win over UCLA … Top mark on the floor was a 9.800 effort versus Iowa.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005)
Emerged as a top all-arounder for the Tigers late in the season … Earned second-team All-SEC honors after finishing fourth in the all-around at the conference championships with a then career-high 39.375 … Notched a 39.300 to place third at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships … One of the Tigers’ most consistent performers on the vault, she finished the regular season ranked No. 19 nationally on the event with an RQS of 9.895 … Finished the year with the Tigers’ second-best season average on the event (9.864) … Won a share of the NCAA Northeast Regional vault title, scoring a career-high 9.950 … Did not score below a 9.750 on the vault all year, while notching a 9.900 or higher on nine separate occasions … Also a consistent performer on the bars, she won two event titles in 2005 … Took home top honors in the season-opener against Michigan State, scoring a 9.850, and was again victorious against the Spartans in Baton Rouge, notching a career-high 9.900 … On the beam, posted a career-high 9.950 at Texas Woman’s … Scored a season-high 9.850 on the floor three times … Finished the year with season averages of 9.864 on the vault, 9.742 on the bars, 9.733 on the floor, 9.607 on the beam and 39.045 in the all-around.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2004)
A solid three-event competitor for the Tigers, she saw action on the vault, bars and floor as a freshman … Was exceptional on the vault, winning five individual titles over the course of the season … Won a share of the NCAA Central Regional title, scoring a 9.950 … Finished the regular season ranked 11th nationally on the event with an RQS of 9.940 … Scored 9.900 or higher on the vault eight times … Twice notched a career-high 9.975, first against Auburn and then at Centenary … Her season average of 9.896 on the event ranked second among the Tigers … Also a consistent competitor on the bars, she averaged a 9.833 on the event over the last 10 meets of the season … Posted a career-high 9.875 against Ohio State … Notched a 9.850 four times … Recorded the first 10.00 of her career at Texas Woman’s, receiving the perfect mark on the floor … Scored a 9.875 on the event against Ohio State.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL
Coached by Jim and Dena Walker at Excalibur Gymnastics … Finished second in the all-around and first on the vault at the 2002 U.S. Challenge … Finished 12th in the all-around at the 2001 U.S. Classic … Member of the first-place team at the 2001 Capital Cup … Won the bars title at the 2000 American Challenge … Was the Level 10 state champion on the bars in 1997 … Attended Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Va.

PERSONAL
Daughter of David Butler and Connie Wheatley … Born on June 22, 1985 … Has an older brother, Jonathon, and a younger sister, Teresa … Majoring in general studies.

Butler’s Career Highs
Vault – 9.975 twice
Bars – 9.900 vs. Michigan State – 1/28/05
Beam – 9.950 at Texas Woman’s – 3/13/05
Floor – 10.00 at Texas Woman’s/Arizona – 2/23/04
All-Around – 39.525 vs. Penn State – 3/9/07

Individual Titles
Vault: 13
Bars: 3
Beam: 1
Total: 17

Getting to Know … Nicki
Full name: Nicole Butler
Nickname: Princess
Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo, Princess Bride
Favorite actor/actress: Denzel Washington, Robert DeNiro, Rachel McAdams
Favorite TV show: Nip/Tuck
Favorite reality TV show: Project Runaway
Favorite professional sports team: Detroit Red Wings
Favorite class: Spanish 1102 with Mrs. Bavza
Favorite restaurant: Bonefish Grill
Favorite food: I’m a sucker for anything with potatoes
My hobbies are: Shopping, traveling, relaxing
If I could be on a reality TV show it would be: MTV’s The Gauntlet
What song gets you pumped up for a meet: “Respect My Grind”
What is your favorite lyric from a song: “Betcha can’t do it like me”
A place I have always wanted to visit but haven’t is: Italy
If I could invite any one person to dinner it would be: My sister
My favorite sporting event to watch is: Olympics
What is your most embarrassing moment: I had a shopping cart full of groceries at Wal-Mart. I was pushing the cart down the aisle when, just my luck, one of the wheels decides to fall off. Naturally the weight of the cart shifted, which resulted in me dropping the cart to the ground and having all my items tumble out. What luck! Oh! But a guy did hand me the wheel that rolled into the aisle.
What is your most embarrassing sports moment: Tripping to my face after I compete beam is becoming quite the common occurrence.
My biggest pet peeve is: Teachers not erasing the board completely.
If I could participate in another sport besides gymnastics it would be: Soccer
The team I look most forward to competing against is: Alabama
The gymnast I idolized growing up was: Alexis Brion
After college I want to: Begin the process of starting my career.

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