Tami

Harris

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All-Around
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
City/State: Virginia Beach, Va.
High School: Ocean Lakes
Club: Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics

Bio

  • First-Team All-American (2001: UB)
  • Second-Team All-American (2002: UB; 2003: V, FX)
  • 2003 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • All-Big 12 (2001: UB; 2002: BB; 2003: UB)
  • 2002 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Big 12 Gymnast of the Week (3/6/01; 2/19/02)
  • 2001 South Central Region Champion (AA, FX)
  • Big 12 Gymnast of the Week (3/21/00)
  • 2001 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

Tami Harris was a Husker letterwinner from 2001-04. A four-time All-American, she was a dominant force in one of the most successful seasons in Nebraska gymnastics history. She was an All-Big 12 selection for three straight years and was the 2001 South Central Region floor and all-around champion.

As a senior: Four-time All-American Tami Harris totaled nine individual titles in 2004, including two in the all-around, three on bars, two on beam and two on vault.

In helping Nebraska advance to the NCAA Championships, Harris placed seventh in the all-around (39.15) at the NCAA Southeast Regional. She also took 14th on vault, 13th on bars and 12th on beam. 

At the 2004 Big 12 Championships, Harris earned fifth-place honors on bars and came in tenth in the all-around.

Harris helped lead the Huskers in meets throughout the regular season, finishing third in the all-around (39.275) and taking first on bars (9.90) against Oklahoma. She captured her first all-around crown of the season with a 39.55 at the Masters Classic and hit a career-high all-around total of 39.75 against Iowa State.  

As a junior: Harris, a standout in the all-around competition for the Huskers, had a strong junior campaign, garnering second-team All-America honors on both floor exercise (9.875) and vault (9.875).

With eight scores of 9.90 or higher in 2003, she was a powerhouse for the Huskers on the uneven bars, winning five individual titles. She consistently posted strong scores on beam with 10 scores of 9.800 or higher. Her season best was a 9.875 at Iowa State, Feb. 7.

Harris was a crucial player in NU’s continued success on the vault, as she posted her first perfect 10 against Alabama on Jan. 26 at the Devaney Center. She also tied her career-high all-around score with a 39.500 against Alabama.

As a sophomore: Harris was a key figure in the Huskers’ fourth consecutive berth in the Super Six Finals. Her 9.825 on bars at the NCAA Qualifier earned her second-team All-America honors.

At the Hearts Invitational on Feb. 15, Harris led the Huskers to their highest road score of the season with a 196.825. Harris’ career-high all-around total of 39.50 was her first all-around title of the season.

Harris matched her career high on vault against Penn State with a 9.90. At the Masters Classic, she was one of five Huskers to set or tie career highs on the balance beam en route to a school record 49.675.

Her 9.90 on beam marked the second consecutive meet in which she tied her career best. Harris also won the first vault title of her career with a 9.875, and placed fist on the floor exercise with a season-high 9.90. For her efforts, Harris was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, the only Husker awarded the honor in 2002. At the Big 12 Championships, Harris tied her career high on beam, earning All-Big 12 honors.

As a freshman: Harris quickly placed her name on Nebraska’s all-time charts, while earning first-team All-America honors on bars. She scored at least a 9.90 on bars in each of the Huskers’ last six regular-season meets, including a then-school-record 9.975 at the Masters Classic on Feb. 24. Her mark, a Masters Classic record, was the highest ever by a Husker freshman on any event, and tied the school record held by All-American Heather Brink.

In Nebraska’s win over Florida, Harris finished in the top five on three events en route to winning the first all-around title of her career with a then-personal-best of 39.45. She also finished second on vault (9.875), and tied for third on the uneven bars (9.925) to claim Big 12 Gymnast-of-the-Week honors.

Harris also earned a share of the freshman floor record. In the Huskers’ season-opener, she recorded a 9.925 and took sole control of the class record until Alecia Ingram posted 9.925 at West Virgina.

At the Big 12 Championships, Harris was back on three events and was one of three Huskers to score a 9.950 on bars and also scored a career-high 9.90 on beam, helping the Husker to school-record scores on both events.

Harris also played a valuable role in the Huskers’ second consecutive regional win. Competing in the all-around for the first time since March 12, Harris posted solid numbers on her first three events and capped the evening with a spectacular floor routine. Harris tied her career high with a 9.925, helping her capture the second all-around title of her career with a 39.40. Her victory marked the third straight year that a Husker gymnast had won the all-around at the regional meet.

She finished the season tied for 12th in the nation on the uneven bars (9.925 RQS), a mark that also ranked third in the conference. She hit 42-of-47 routines on the season (89 percent).

Prior: A Level 10 gymnast and former elite gymnast who compteted for Coach Tony Hampton at Ocean Tumblers in Virginia Beat, Va., Harris was a two-time Junior Olympic national champion, placing first on balance beam and floor exercise in 1998. She was a two-time J.O. Nationals qualifier who also placed 18th in the all-around as a sophomore.

She missed the 1999 J.O. Nationals because of injury, but rebounded to place 12th in the all-around, including a ninth-place finish on uneven bars at the 2000 J.O. Nationals. Harris also competed in gymnastics for Ocean Lakes High School for two years, earning most valuable gymnast honors in both 1997 and 1999. She was a member of the U.S. Junior National Training Team from 1994 to 1996, and also trained with the Hungarian National Team for three weeks in 1993.

Personal: The daughter of Gloria and David Harris, Tami has one older sister, Shannon. Tami was born on April 2, 1982, and is a business marketing major.

 

Harris’ Career/Season Highs at Nebraska

Career Highs

   Vault: 10.0 (vs. Oklahoma, 2/1/03)

   Bars: 9.975 (Masters Classic, 2/24/01)

   Beam: 9.95 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

   Floor: 9.925 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

   All-Around:  39.75 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

2004 Season Highs

   Vault: 9.95 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

   Bars: 9.925 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

   Beam: 9.95 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

   Floor: 9.925 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

   All-Around: 39.75 (vs. Iowa State, 3/14/04)

2003 Season Highs

   Vault: 10.0 (vs. Oklahoma, 2/1/03)

   Bars: 9.95 (at Big 12 Championships, 3/21/03)

   Beam: 9.875 (at Iowa State, 2/7/03)

   Floor: 9.925 (vs. Iowa State, 3/23/03)

   All-Around: 39.50 (vs. Alabama, 1/26/09)

2002 Season Highs

   Vault: 9.90 (vs. Penn State, 3/3/02)

   Bars: 9.90 (vs. Missouri, 1/27/02)

   Beam: 9.90 (at Big 12 Championships, 3/23/03)

   Floor: 9.90 (at Hearts Invite, 2/15/03)

   All-Around: 39.50 (at Hearts Invite, 2/15/03)

2001 Season Highs

   Vault: 9.90 (at West Virginia Invite, 2/10/01)

   Bars: 9.975 (Masters Classic, 2/24/01)

   Beam: 9.90 (at Big 12 Championships, 3/24/01)

   Floor: 9.925 (at NCAA Regional, 4/7/01)

   All-Around: 39.45 (vs. Florida, 3/4/01)

 

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