Was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and Academic All-Big Ten Competed on the uneven bars in every meet this season and averaged 9.788 on the event going into Regionals Won five bars titles and score 9.85 or better on bars six times this season Won two beam titles this season Competed on balance beam in all but three meets, averaging 9.500 for her routine Earned a 9.800 for her bars routine and a 9.450 for her beam routine in the Big Ten season opener at Ohio State on Jan. 8, tying for the first-place title on bars Tallied a first-place 9.850 and a 9.225 on bars and beam, respectively, against Iowa on Jan. 15 Posted 9.600 on bars, and 9.825 on beam to take the event title against Michigan State on Jan. 22 On Jan. 29, she competed against Air Force for scores of 9.875 on bars and 9.775 on beam and ended the night winning the bars event and tying for second on beam Earned 9.825 on bars at Illinois on Feb. 5, while also earning 9.275 for her beam routine Earned an impressive career-best 9.925 score on the balance beam at the Best of Minnesota Meet on Feb. 12 to easily take the event title Also tied for first place with a 9.850 on uneven bars at that meet Tallied 9.750 on bars and 8.950 on beam against Iowa State on Feb. 20 Tied for third place with 9.800 on uneven bars in the win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25 Set a season-high and took second place with a 9.900 mark on uneven bars in the meet against UCLA on Feb. 27 Posted a score of 9.500 for her bars routine at Iowa State on Mar. 4 Collected scores of 9.850 to tie for first on bars and 9.450 on beam on Mar. 12 to help her team beat NC State on senior night Tied with teammate Janell Campbell for third place on the uneven bars at the Big Ten Championships on Mar. 19 with a score of 9.850 while also earned a 9.625 on balance beam Posted scores of 9.775 on bars and 9.750 on beam in the final showing of her career at the Ann Arbor, Mich. NCAA Regionals on Apr. 2 Owned the top score on the team in both uneven bars (9.900) and balance beam (9.925); the latter ranks sixth in school history on the all-time top scores list Shared all other team high scores on uneven bars with teammate Lucy Ennis Ended the season ranked at No. 8 in the Big Ten Conference on uneven bars and ranked No. 43 on beam Nationally, she came in at No. 50 on uneven bars and No. 296 on beam.
Competed on bars in 14 meets, earning her season-best score of 9.90 at Iowa where she won the bars title Compiled a bars average of 9.737 Minnesota's top scorer on bars at three meets A beam competitor at 12 of 14 meets, earning four scores of 9.90 Has an average beam score of 9.731, second best on the team Minnesota's top beam performer in eights meets this season, including the Big Ten Championship where she was the beam runner up Missed competing at the NCAA Regional Championship due to illness A letterwinner.
Owned the team's top bars score, with a career-best 9.925 vs. Iowa (3/14) Tied for sixth on Minnesota's all-time top performers list on bars Her bars score counted toward the team score at every meet in 2009 Minnesota's top scorer on bars at six meets Owns five event titles on bars in the 2009 season Tied with Alexis Russell for the team's best season-average score on bars (9.835) Won first place in her first beam performance this season with a 9.875 against Iowa State (2/7) Tied for first place on beam against Iowa (3/14), tying her career best with a 9.875.
A regular competitor on both vault and bars in her first season Performed on bars in all 14 meets of the season, and vaulted in 12 meets Tied with Carmelina Carabajal for the team's best bars score of the season with a 9.875, which she earned in the meet against Illinois-Chicago (2/23) Was the team's top scorer on bars at five meets Won three bars titles Has the team's second-highest average bars score with a 9.689 Earned her best vault score at the Best of Minnesota meet (2/9) with a 9.650 Had an average score of 9.544 on vault.
Competed with SCATS Diamond Elite Gymnastics under coaches Trent and Jill Spaulding Competed at the Junior Olympic Level 9 Regional Championship in 2002, where she finished fifth on the bars and eighth in the all around Finished fifth on the bars at the Western National Championships in 2002 In 2003 and 2004, was only able to compete on bars and beam due to injuries In 2005, she competed at the Southern California State Championships at level 10, where she was the runner up on floor and the all around, and finished third on the bars As a junior, she was the state champion at level 10 on the bars and beam, and placed fourth in the all around Went on to win the beam title at the 2006 J.O. Regional Championship, where she also finished fourth on bars and sixth in the all around Qualified for the 2006 J.O. National Championship, and was the national runner up on bars at the 2007 J.O. National Championship, she earned four top-10 finishes highlighted by her fourth-place showing in the all around with a mark of 38.175. In addition to her top-four finish in the all around, she also finished third on bars (9.65), eighth on floor (9.65), and tied for 10th place on beam (9.375) With her all around finish, she has earned a spot on the Junior Olympic National Team.
Was on the honor roll throughout her high school career, and was a National Honor Society member Earned the Presidents Award in 2004, and won the Foreign Language Department Award and the President's Scholar Award in 2005 In 2006, she was included in Who's Who Among American High School Students has worked as a coach for gymnasts ages 3-6 at SCATS Diamond Elite Plans to major in sports management Daughter of Vance and Berta Furukawa Has a younger sister, Staycee.
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