2007 - Senior: Team Tri-captain...Was slowed by a foot injury for much of the season...Competed on vault twice, at Michigan State on 2/17 and on Senior Day vs. UIC on 3/17, recording a 9.550 each time...Served as alternate on bars late in the season and competed exhibition on bars once, scoring a 9.550 against UIC on 3/17...Recorded 10 career event titles (9 on vault, 1 on floor)...Hit 92 of 96 routines in her career (36 of 38 on vault, 30 of 30 on bars and 26 of 28 on floor).
2006 - Junior: Recorded three individual titles (vault-2, floor-1)...Competed on vault and bars every meet before getting injured and missing the final three meets...Best performance of the season came on March 11 vs. Michigan State where she recorded two event titles (vault-9.750, floor-9.825) and a second-place finish on bars (9.800)...Hit 23-of-24 routines in 2006, and has hit 90-of-94 (.957) routines in the first three years of her career (34-of-36 Vault, 30-of-30 Bars, 26-of-28 Floor).
2005 - Sophomore: Competed on vault and bars in all 13 meets for the Illini...Hit 36-of -37 routines (.973), including 12-of-13 on vault, 13-of-13 on bars and 11-of-11 floor exercises...Captured the vault title against Northern Illinois and the Japan All-Stars with a score of 9.750...Won first place on vault at the State of Illinois Classic with a season-high mark of 9.850...Placed second on vault at the Cardinal Classic (9.800)...Tied for third on vault against Denver (9.825).
2004 - Freshman: Stepped in and became Illinois' No. 1 vaulter...Competed in every meet on vault and floor, and was inserted into the uneven bars line-up for the final seven meets...Hit 31-of-33 overall routines (.939), including 12-of-13 on vault, 12-of-13 on floor and 7-of-7 on bars...Scored a 9.800 or better on vault in 10-of-13 meets...Won five event titles on the season, all on vault, and had 11 top-three finishes... Won vault at her first three collegiate meets at NIU (9.850), at UIC (9.850) and vs. Michigan State (9.825)...Also won vault vs. Ball State (9.850) and Illinois State (9.800)...Established season and career-highs of 9.875 on vault vs. Iowa State, 9.850 on bars at the South Central Regional and 9.875 on floor twice at Ohio State and at the State of Illinois Classic.
High School/Club: Qualified for Level 10 Nationals in 2002 and was the Level 10 State floor and vault champion in 2001....Level 9 National vault champion in 2001...Coached by Glen Willmeng and Dana Edeus.
Personal: Daughter of Hank and Laurie Botterman...Has two sisters, Marijka, who is a sophomore on the Illinois gymnastics team and Kylee, who is a senior at Lincoln-Way Central High School...Credits her family and coaches most for influencing her gymnastics career...Majoring in speech communications...Loves shopping as well as wakeboarding and snowboarding.
Danye's Career Highs
Vault: 9.875 (2/14/04)
Bars: 9.850 (4/3/04)
Floor: 9.875 (3/13/04)
The Botterman File
Nickname: Danye or Botter
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Movie/TV Shows: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite Musical Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Favorite place in the world: My room
Favorite Activity Outside of Gymnastics: Shopping
Three words that describe me: Competitive, stubborn, crazy
Most Inspirational Person: My mom, Laurie
I can't go a day without: A nap
Least favorite sport: Golf
Age I started gymnastics: 5
Something no one knows about me: I have a 205-pound dog!
In 10 years I will be: Continuing to cheer on the Illini!
What I do before a meet: Listen to my iPod
What makes Illini gymnastics unique: The friendship & team unity
Updated May 2007