Meet the Wildcats: Montana Whittle
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, UKathletics.com presents “Meet the Wildcats,” an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the 2016 Kentucky Gymnastics team. Today’s Meet the Wildcats features senior Montana Whittle.
Whittle, a senior from Lincoln, Nebraska, enters 2016 after competing in every meet for the Wildcats as a junior on balance beam and once on uneven bars. She posted her first career event title at Missouri with a career-best 9.875 on balance beam, a score she would later match vs. Ball State and Pittsburgh. She also was named to the SEC Academic team for the second consecutive season and made her first appearance on the SEC Community Service team in 2014.
Here’s a bit more on Montana:
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Parents: Carl and Paula Whittle
Twitter Handle: @MontanaWhittle
Instagram Handle: @MontanaWhittle
Major: Kinesiology Pre-Med
Nickname(s): Tana, Taniel, Tanner, Tanny
Get to Know Montana in Competition
What I like most about Coach Garrison and the staff …. They’ve made me the best gymnast I can be!
I chose Kentucky because … I loved the campus and was already familiar with the coaches here.
I’m most looking forward to our meet with _____ ….. Georgia and Auburn
I’m most excited for this during the season …. Getting to compete with my teammates and the feeling I get when hit my routine
My goals this season …. To get a 9.9+ on beam.
My role model in gymnastics is… Jamie Schleppenbach
I started competing in gymnastics when I was …. 5
Montan Outside of Competition
Something not a lot of people know about me is … I used to ride dirt bikes
My favorite food is …. Mexican
I’d dominate this reality show … America Ninja Warrior
If I competed in another sport outside of gymnastics, it would be … Volleyball or Surfing
My favorite athlete outside of gymnastics is … Lindsey Vonn
Growing up, my celebrity crush was … Zach Effron
My dream job is to be …. Doctors Without Borders
My favorite thing about UK is … My teammates and friends that I have met.
Favorite Board Game … Catch Phrase
The Wildcats kick off the 2016 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Sun., Dec. 13 at a time still to be determined. The scrimmage will serve as a preview to the 2016 season, with the season opener Excite Night set for Fri., Jan. 8 against Ball State at 7 p.m. All home meets will be held in Memorial Coliseum.
For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Gymnastics program, go to UKathletics.com. Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates and more can be found on Twitter at @UKGymnastics and Facebook at Facebook.com/UKGymnastics.