On April 3, Illinois State gymnast Angelica Labat became the first person in program history to qualify for the NCAA national meet. The sophomore from Chesapeake, Virginia, scored a 9.950 on the vault at the NCAA regional meet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which punched her ticket to the pinnacle of college gymnastics. She ended up scoring a 9.735 on the vault at the national meet in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Labat was the 2021 Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Year.