2004 - Senior: Won the University of Illinois Spirit Award at the annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet and also earned the team's Fighting Illini Attitude Award after competing at the NCAA Championships less than a month after tearing his ACL in meet at Oklahoma...Scored an 8.700 on p-bars at the NCAA Team Finals, which counted towards Illinois' team total on the event...Competed on vault and parallel bars in every meet for the Illini prior to the injury in the last regular season meet...Hit nine of nine p-bars routines on the season and was ranked in the top-15 in the nation on the event prior to his injury...Posted a season-high of 9.000 on p-bars in three occasions, most recently at Oklahoma -which is the routine on which he was injured...Earned career-high tying scores of 9.100 on floor exercise vs. Temple and at Oklahoma...Had three third place finshes - vs. Minnesota and at Ohio State on p-bars and vs. Temple on floor...Won the Illinois Scholar-Athlete Award for the highest GPA among all UI senior student-athletes with a 3.888 in Chemistry...It was the third consecutive year he won the class award at the Scholar-Athlete Banquet...Also won the team's Scholar-Athlete Award, was a CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2003 - Junior: Finished in top 3 six times, including three wins, all of which were in the parallel bars... Set career high in floor exercise at the Big Ten preliminaries with a 9.075... A career high was set versus Ohio State in the still rings witn a score of 8.5... Set a new career high in the parallel bars with a score of 9.1 at the SW Cup, which was good for thrid place... Won three times in the parallel bars at the Windy City meet (8.85), at UIC (8.8) and at UCLA (9.0)... Set a career high score of 8.8, and tied it on two other occasions, first versus Penn State and Iowa, then tying it once at the NCAA preliminaries, and the other time at the NCAA individual finals... Competed in the parallel bars and high bar at every match all year... Awarded the Illinois Scholar-Athlete Award, as well as holding the highest GPA on the team with a 3.949 in Chemistry.
2002 - Sophomore: Scored a career high 8.550 on the floor exercise to take fifth and 9.100 on the vault to finish fourth vs. Minnesota...Was fourth on the vault at Illinois-Chicago with a 9.050 and fourth on the still rings with a career high score of 8.200 as well...Also competed in the all-around at UIC for the only time that season scoring a 47.600...Took fifth on the high bar at Ohio State with a career high of 8.700...Set new career high on vault at the Big Ten Championships with a 9.250...Named as a College Gymnastics Association All-American Scholar Athlete...Selected to Academic All-Big Ten Team .
2001 - Freshman: Member of UI squad
High School/Club: Competed on the Men's Junior Olympic Program under Tigran Mkchyan, Chuck McLallen and Devin Neal ... Placed 20th in the all-around at the 2000 Jr. Olympic National Championships ... Three time regional team member in `97, '98 and 2000 ... Finished in the top ten twice on rings at the Jr. Olympic National Championships ... Member of the Southern California State All-Star team from 1996-99, Region I All-Star team in 1997 & 99 and the 2000 Region III All-Star team ... Six-time Southern California State event champion ... Won all-around and every event, except for taking second on pommel horse, at the 2000 Louisiana State Championships.
Personal: Erik Garnett was born on Feb. 23, 1982 in Houston, Texas ... The son of Richard Garnett and Karen Juul-Nielsen ... Mother Karen competed on the University of Virginia crew team and grandfather Cletus Juul-Nielsen was a member of the Danish National Soccer Team ... Lists fly-fishing, rock climbing, backpacking and hiking as hobbies ... Favorite athlete is Joe Montana because he was the greatest quarterback he has ever seen ... Selected to Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Garnett's career highs
FX - 9.100 - twice, last at Oklahoma, 3/6/04
PH - 7.000 at Illinois-Chicago, 2/10/02
SR - 8.500 vs. Ohio State, 2/1/03
VT - 9.250 at Big Ten Championships, 3/22/02
PB - 9.100 at Southwest Cup, 3/8/03
HB - 8.800 vs Iowa, Penn State, 3/1/03
AA - 47.600 at Illinois-Chicago, 2/10/02