2002: Named “Most Improved Gymnast” by her teammates after the season...Scored a career-high 9.825 on the balance beam to take third place at Illnois-Chicago...Place second on the beam vs. Pittsburgh (9.800)...Won the vault and took second on the floor exercise at the Illinois State Meet with career-high scores of 9.800 and 9.850 respectively...Equaled her career high of 9.800 on the vault at the Big Ten championships...Named Academic All-Big Ten and a Scholastic All-American.
2001: Battled injury throughout the season ... Competed on the vault in three meets ... Scored a career high of 9.625 against both Penn State (seventh place) and Illinois State (tied for sixth place) ... Also competed at Pittsburgh...Named Academic All-Big Ten
2000: Competed on the vault in six meets scoring a season-high 9.575 at both the Ball State Cardinal Classic and against Michigan State.
High School: Illinois all-state performer three years … Named IHSA Senior Gymnast of the Year in 1999 … Won the Level 10 state in 1998 … Coached by Judy Harwood, Dave Rawles, and Steve Bell … Junior Olympic national qualifier as a junior … Competed in the Level 10 state and regionals as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Personal: Daughter of Stephen and Sheila Kaufman … Majoring in psychology … Older sister Stephanie was a gymnast at Rutgers … Has one younger brother, David ... Born May 2, 1981.
Favorite TV show: Will and Grace • Favorite Movie: Great Expectations • Favorite Singer: Jack Johnson • I have been told I look like: Brooke Shields and Denise Richards • I most admire: My mother and father, and also my sister, because if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be in gymnastics today • Before a competition I: make sure I have the butterfly clip my mother gave me my freshman year • Three words that describe myself are: hard-working, outgoing, leader • I chose to attend Illnois because: it is an amazing institution where I knew I could be a part of an amazing athletic team!
Kaufman’s career highs
Vault 9.800 twice, last at Big Ten’s, 3/23/02
Beam 9.825 at Illinois-Chicago, 2/10/02
Floor 9.850 at Ill. St. Meet, 3/16/02