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Amy Kovacs-Young

Inducted 2004

Larkin High School Class of 1989

Biography

Inducted into the Hall of Fame for gymnastics, Kovacs-Young was a top gymnast at Larkin High School. In 1987, she became the first Larkin female gymnast to qualify for the state tournament. In her career she qualified on the balance beam (3 years), uneven bars and all-around (twice each), and in floor exercise and vaulting (once each). She medaled on the uneven bars (4th place) and all-around (4th place) as a senior and uneven bars (6th place) as a junior. A three-time All-American at Larkin based on a national formula, Kovacs-Young was named Illinois Senior Gymnast of the Year in 1989. She finished in the top three in eighty percent of the 233 events she entered during her Larkin career, including 139 first- place finishes. From 1990 to 1993, Kovacs-Young competed at Southeastern Missouri State University (SEMSU). There she was a member of the 1991 NCAA national championship team. Her 9.80 on the uneven bars is among the school's best all-time marks. Bill Hopkins, her coach at SEMSU said, "Amy was a key member of my 1991 national championship team. She was a team leader and played a major role in helping win the national title." In 2003 that team was inducted into the SEMSU Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1996 to 1998, Amy was assistant coach at St. Charles East High School, helping the 1998 team to a second place finish in the state.