Women's Gymnastics

Michelle Buranich
Michelle Buranich


Oshkosh, Wis.

High School:
Lourdes Academy




2002: Earned her third letter in three seasons with the Illini...Took second place at Denver with a season-high score of 9.775 on the vault...Later scored a 9.775 on vault vs. Pittsburgh... Scored a season-high 9.825 on the bars at Ohio State...Recorded a career high 9.775 on the floor at Iowa in her first time competing in the event all season...Scored a 9.750 to take third on the floor vs. SE Missouri St. the next week...Named Academic All-Big Ten.

2001: Set a career-high with a 9.90 to take first place on the uneven bars in the season opener against Penn State ... Recorded a season high of 9.775 on the vault at Cal State-Fullerton ... Tied for the Illini?s best score of 9.775 on the bars against Illinois State ... Led the Illinois squad and tied for second place with a score of 9.80 on the bars against Michigan State ... Scored a 9.850 to tie for second place on the bars against Illinois-Chicago ...Won the individual title on the bars with a 9.825 at Pittsburgh ... Tied for fourth on the vault (9.675) and first on the bars (9.850) at the Cal State-Fullerton triangular meet ... Scored a 9.850 to tie for second on the bars at the Illinois State Meet, as well as tying for fifth on the vault with a 9.750 against the three in-state rivals...Named Academic All-Big Ten

2000: Won the vault in her first collegiate competition with a score of 9.725 ? Scored a 9.70 to win the vaulting competition in her first conference meet against Penn State ? Scored a career high 9.825 on the vault against Illinois State ? Also scored a 9.70 on bars.

High School: Level 10 Wisconsin all-around champion in 1998 ? Three-time regional qualifier and two-time national qualifier ? Coached by Dave Belknap.

Personal: Daughter of Bil and Mary Kay Buranich? Earned a letter in track?Enrolled in the College of Commerce & Business Administration and is majoring in accounting?Has a younger sister, Kristyn?Lists her favorite events as bars and floor...Born Aug. 6, 1981.

Nickname: Burnie ? Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan ? Favorite TV show: Friends ? Favorite Movies: Office Space and Meet the Parents ? Favorite Singer: Jewel ? Favorite Quote: ?Don?t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.? ? My advice to young gymnasts: work hard and follow your dreams ? I most admire: my family because they are my best friends in the entire world ? Three words that describe myself are: loving, hardworking, nice.

Buranich's career highs

Vault 9.825 at Illinois State, 3/11/00

Bars 9.900 vs. Penn State, 1/13/01

Floor 9.775 at Iowa, 3/2/02