Meet the Wildcats: Montana Whittle

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, 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:

Quick Facts

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska 

Parents: Carl and Paula Whittle 

Siblings: Ansel 

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. 

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