Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year
Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
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 ... Competed for Capital Gymnastics ... 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
The Buchanan File
Best memory from Birmingham, Alabama (outside of competing): The Easter egg hunt our parents set up for us!
What went through your head when you realized you advanced to Nationals: "My freshman season can't end any better."
The addition of Maryland and Rutgers brings what to the conference? More competition
Describe the 2015 team in one word: Driven
Biggest learning experience from last season: Staying focused in the college competition scene
Meet or opponent most excited to compete in/against this season: Michigan
Best Dressed Teammate: Heather
Teammate most likely to become famous (and what will make her famous): Tori for becoming the first female president
One goal for this season: Make it to NCAAs for the third year in a row
Pre-meet superstitions: Chants and praying with the team
If you could go on a date with anyone, and your boyfriend is TOTALLY cool with it, who would it be? Luke Bryan
Something I have to bring on every trip: Tanning spray
Your dream job: NICU nurse
Actress I would want to play me in a movie: Shawn Johnson
If I were on a reality show, what would it be? Duck Dynasty
Super power I would most like to have: Invisibility
Something most people don't know about me: I love to draw.
Favorite memory in Kenney Gym: My first intrasquad
Favorite spot on campus: The quad
Favorite childhood movie: The Little Rascals
First AIM screen name: xohherin
Favorite holiday (and why): Christmas because it is the one time every year my entire family gets together.
Concerts I've been to lately: Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band, and Rascal Flatts
TV show I'm obsessed with right now: Bachelor in Paradise
Favorite app on my phone: Instagram
Person who inspires me the most: My mom
Favorite female athlete: Shawn Johnson
City you most want to live in after graduation (and why): I'm not a city girl, so I want to live in North Carolina, most likely on the beach.