Women's Gymnastics

Erin Buchanan
Erin Buchanan


Haymarket, Va.

High School:
Battlefield High




Capital Gymnastics National Training Center


Blue Wins Orange and Blue Exhibition

Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year


Illinois Gymnastics Set for Orange & Blue Exhibition

Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.


Illinois Women's Gymnastics - Pink Meet vs. Iowa

Illini Women's Gym pictures from the Pink Meet vs. Iowa on Jan. 31 inside Huff Hall.

2014 - Freshman: Second-Team All-Big Ten ... First three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in school history ... Competed in all 14 meets on vault and floor and hit all 28 of her routines ... Just missed earning All-American status at the NCAA Championships on floor after scoring a 9.875 (needed a 9.9) ... Ranked 10th on vault in the Big Ten (T-44th nationally) with a 9.880 RQS and 17th on floor (T-64th nationally) with a 9.865 ... Tied for the third most individual titles on the team with four, claiming three on vault and one on floor ... Recorded a career high 9.925 on both events, tying the third highest vault score in school history ... Did not drop below a 9.825 all season on floor and in the final 11 meets on vault ... Illinois Scholar Athlete of the Week Award recipient for Jan. 13-19.

High School/Club: Four-time USAG Region 7 All-Star team member (2010-13) ... Six-time Region 7 Qualifier (2008-13) ... Five-time Level 10 Junior Olympic National qualifier (2009-13) ... 8th place on bars and 6th in all-around at Nationals in 2013 ...5th place floor and 18th in the all-around at Nationals in 2012 ... 2012 Virginia State Level 10 all-around champion ... Two top-10 finishes at both the 2011 and 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals (2011 - 7th on floor, 6th in the all-around; 2010- 7th on vault, 10th in the all-around) ... 2010 Virginia State floor champion ... Honor Student 2009-present ... "Certificate of Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance" awarded 2010-12. Club Coaches were Tatiana Perskaia, Marina Gerom, Oleksandr Vorobyov and Victor Vetrov.

Personal: Born February 24, 1995 ... Daughter of Steve and Jane Buchanan ... Has one older brother Taylor and a younger brother named Keith ... Grandfather Norm Snead played quarterback at Wake Forest and was drafted in the first round of the 1961 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins; played 16 seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl four times ... Chose Illinois because, "Great academics and it's a team on the rise. The team and coaches are great and I wanted to be a part of that." ... Majoring in human development and family studies.

Erin's Career Highs

Vault: 9.925- (vs. Lindenwood, 3/8/14)

Floor: 9.925- (vs. Centenary/Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1/18/14)

Erin's Career Titles

Vault: 3

Floor: 1

Total: 4

The Buchanan File

What being a Fighting Illini means to you: Becoming a part of a great history, and being a part of our own history.

First impression when you met the team: Very welcoming, fun, and outgoing.

What do you hope to accomplish in your debut season: I just want to help the team continue to achieve in any way I can.

What are you looking forward to experiencing outside of gymnastics: Being a college student and experiencing all that U of I has to offer.

What you hope to learn from your coach/teammates this year: How to balance and succeed at being a student and an athlete; how to become a more complete gymnast.

What class you're excited about taking: I'm excited about meteorology.

What opponent are you most excited to compete against: I have friends on most B1G teams ... Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa ... I am excited to compete against them all.

Favorite gymnastics event: Vault

Favorite part about campus: Main quad

Favorite guilty pleasure food item: Chocolate

Favorite movie from last year: Pitch Perfect

Favorite hobby outside of sports: Photography

Favorite color and number: Pink, 7

Favorite dance craze (wobble, cupid shuffle, etc.): Harlem Shake

Favorite building on campus and why: The ARC really impressed me. It's an awesome facility.

Favorite vacation spot: Corolla, NC

Favorite youtube video: Illinois Gymnastics Harlem Shake

Favorite person to follow on twitter and why: Shawn Johnson - I've always looked up to her.

Favorite summertime activity:In the summer I love to visit the beach - my grandmother lives on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and we try to get down a few times each summer.

Dream you would like to accomplish in your lifetime: Scoring a 10.0

What is a hidden talent of yours: I love to draw

3 things you could not function without: iPhone, iPad, Macbook

What is your favorite website to visit: Pinterest

How you would describe your class (Sr, Jr, etc) of girls: A talented and well-rounded group of girls. I'm so lucky to be a part of the incoming freshman class!

Quote you live by: "If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." Thomas Edison

How many countries have you been to:Two - Switzerland and The Netherlands

What are you most proud of: My mom - she is a breast cancer survivor and my best friend.

Name 3 things on your future bucket list: Going skydiving, snorkeling, and traveling to as many countries I can

What is your weirdest quirk: Cracking my knuckles

If you could relive one day, what would it be: Winning state when my mom was in the hospital or getting 6th AA at nationals