2004 - Sophomore: Competed on vault in every meet and on uneven bars five times...Scored a season and career-high score of 9.850 on bars against Michigan State to take second place...Earned a season and career-high 9.725 on vault to finish 10th at the State of Illinois Classic...Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2003 - Freshman: Member of the UI squad...Did not compete due to injury.
New Jersey State floor and all-around champion and also finished second on the beam in 2002...Finished fifth on bars in Region 7 and 10th on the vault at the Level 10 Nationals in 2002...Named Gymnast of the Year in 1998 and `99...Level 10 Regional and State bar champion in 2000... Level 10 State bar champion in 1998...Holds the New Jersey State High School record by scoring a perfect 10.0 on the vault... Three-time Region 7 National Team member and seven-time Level 10 state and regional competitior...Coached by Mike and Mary Milchanowski.
Daughter of Bob and Donna Kirzow...Has one brother, Bobby, who wrestled at the College of New Jersey...High Honor Roll...Who's Who Among American Students.
Getting to know Kim
Nickname: Jersey, Zo
Favorite Athlete: Martin Brodeur
Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore
Favorite Movie Quote: "Who knows what the tide may bring in. The sun will rise tomorrow"
Favorite Sports Movie: In God's Hands - surfing movie
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Singer/Band: anything but country
Favorite thing about Coach Bob: His fun personality that always keeps you smiling through the the best and worst of times.
Pre-meet superstitions? listening to specific songs
At what age did you start gymnastics? 3
What is your favorite place on campus? The Union
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? Fear Factor
The funniest person on the team: Kara Kapernekas
My best memory as an Illini is: All the smiles and laughs shared between teammates and knowing we are all in this together.
Three words that describe me are: aggressive, caring, driven
I chose Illinois because: The combination of Big Ten Sports, the highly accredited academics and the wonderful blend of teammates/coaches creates an amazing atmosphere that is challenging, fun and always exciting.
Kim's Career Highs
Vault - 9.725 at State of Illinois Classic, 3/13/04
Bars - 9.850 vs. Michigan State, 1/25/04