April

Burkholder

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All-Around
Height: 5'1"
Class: Senior
City/State: Houston, Texas
High School: Carver HS
Other College: Excel
Experience: 4 Letters

Bio

2015 LSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class
14-time All-American
2006 NCAA Beam Champion
2005 NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year
2005 SEC Gymnast of the Year
2004 NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year
2004 SEC Gymnast of the Year
2003 SEC Freshman of the Year

The most decorated gymnast in LSU history ... Earned a school record 14 All-America honors – three on the vault, beam, floor and in the all-around and two on the bars ... Two-time SEC and NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year (2004 and 2005) ... Earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2003 ... Four-time All-SEC selection (2003-06) ... Just the second gymnast in LSU history to earn all-conference honors each of her four seasons, joining Jennifer Woods who did so from 1993-96 ... School record holder in the all-around (39.875) ... Also shares the school records on the vault, beam and floor having posted perfect 10.00's on each of the three events ... Scored the second most 10.00's in school history, recording eight overall - four on the floor, two on vault and two on the beam ... Won a total of 25 all-around titles and 83 individual event crowns during her career.

SENIOR SEASON (2006)
Capped her career with an amazing NCAA Championships performance, earning first-team All-America honors on each of the four events and in the all-around ... Qualified to the Individual Event Finals in every event ... Won the NCAA beam title with a near perfect 9.9125 score ... National title was just the third in LSU history and the first since the 2002 season ... Also finished sixth in the vault (9.8188) and eighth on both the bars (9.7500) and floor (9.8375) ... Recorded a third-place finish in the final all-around standings after scoring a 39.500 in the meet’s preliminary rounds ... Won seven all-around crowns and 24 individual event titles – nine on the beam, six on the floor, five on the vault and four on the bars – on the season ... Won the first SEC title of her career, capturing the beam crown at the conference championships with a season-best 9.925 performance ... Finish garnered her first-team All-SEC accolades for the third straight year ... SEC title marked the first for an LSU athlete since the 1998 season when Amy McClosky also won the beam crown ... Won all-around titles at the Super Six Challenge (39.375) and against Arkansas (39.350), Kentucky (39.425), Auburn (39.600), Oklahoma (39.650), Florida and Penn State (39.225) and UCLA (39.550) ... Her 39.650 against Oklahoma marked a season high and tied her with Utah’s Ashley Postell for the third-best score in the nation in 2006 ... Against UCLA, won the all-around (39.55), vault (9.925), bars (9.925) and floor (9.950) titles ... Remarkably consistent she has “hit” 58 of her 61 (.951) competitive routines over the course of the season ... Scored a 9.800 or better on 14 or her 15 floor routines, posting eight scores of 9.900 or higher .... Led the team with season averages of 39.309 in the all-around, 9.853 on the vault and 9.846 on the floor ... Had other season averages of 9.808 on the bars and 9.801 on the beam ... Was twice named the SEC Gymnast of the Week.

JUNIOR SEASON (2005)
Was named both the SEC and NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year for the second straight season ... Earned All-America honors in each of the four events and the all-around, earning first-team distinction on the vault, floor and in the all-around and second-team recognition on the bars and beam ... Qualified for the Individual Event Finals on the vault and floor at the NCAA Championships ... Recorded a pair of top 15 finishes, placing third on the vault (9.8875) and 13th on the floor (9.2625) ... Won the NCAA Northeast Regional all-around (39.575) and floor (9.975) titles outright, while sharing top honors on the vault (9.950) and beam (9.850) ... Was named a first-team All-SEC selection after finishing third in the all-around (39.525), second on the vault (9.900) and third on the bars (9.900) at the conference championships ... Was named the SEC Gymnast of the Week on three separate occasions ... Won a total of seven all-around titles and 21 individual event crowns over the course of the season, claiming eight on the floor, seven on the vault, four on the beam and two on the bars ... Recorded perfect 10.00s on the vault, beam and floor ... Her 10.00s on the vault and beam both came in the Tigers' school record setting performance against Oklahoma ... Is the only athlete in school history to ever record two perfect marks in the same meet ... Is also the only Tiger in school history to score two 10.00s on the beam during her career (one in 2004, one in 2005) ... Scored her 10.00 on the floor against Arkansas ... Is the only athlete in LSU history to score more than two perfect marks on the floor during her career (four total) ... Posted a 39.825 to win the all-around against Oklahoma ... Score ranks as the second highest in school history and tied her with two others for the best mark in the nation 2005 ... Other all-around wins came against Alabama (39.575), Michigan State (39.500), Kentucky (39.400), UIC, UNH and WMU (39.475) and Centenary (39.600) ... On the vault, did not score below a 9.875 in her last 12 outings of the season, while recording 9.900 or better on 10 of those occasions ... Finished the year with season averages of 9.874 on the vault, 9.837 on the floor, 9.843 on the bars, 9.379 on the beam and 39.336 in the all-around ... Vault and all-around averages ranked No. 1 among the Tigers, while her bars and floor averages were each No. 2 ... A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004)
Named the NCAA Central Region and SEC Gymnast of the Year ... The first gymnast in LSU history to earn conference athlete of the year honors ... Earned both All-America and All-SEC honors for the first time in her career ... Won a team-best eight all-around titles and 21 individual event titles over the course of the season ... Remarkably consistent, "hitting" 53 of her 53 competitive routines, while scoring 9.900 or better on 34 of them ... Punctuated the season with a sensational effort at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors four times ... Was named a first-team selection on the vault, beam and in the all-around, and a second-team honoree on the floor ... Qualified to the Individual Event Finals on the vault and beam ... Finished tied for fourth on the vault (9.875) and eighth on the beam (9.838) ... Named an All-SEC selection in the all-around after placing third with a 39.600 ... Won the NCAA Central Regional all-around (39.675) and floor titles (9.950) outright and shared the regional crowns on the vault (9.950) and bars (9.900) ... Between Jan. 23 and March 5, won a string of seven straight all-around titles, taking home top honors against Alabama, Centenary and TWU, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Auburn and Ohio State ... Scored four perfect 10.00's during the season -- one on the vault, one on the beam and two on the floor ... With a 10.00 on the vault against Texas Woman's became just the second Tiger in school history to record a perfect mark on the event and the first to do so since the 1997 season ... Recorded the first 10.00 of her career on the beam at Centenary ... Posted the third-best all-around score in school history, 39.800, against Kentucky ... Also won the vault (9.950), beam (9.975) and floor (10.00) against the Wildcats ... Scored a 39.775 in winning the all-around title at Arkansas ... Also finished first on the vault (9.925), beam (9.975) and floor (10.00) against the Gym'Backs ... Finished the year with season averages of 9.928 on the vault, 9.838 on the bars, 9.883 on the beam, 9.946 on the floor and 39.583 in the all-around ... Averages on the vault, beam, floor and in the all-around ranked first among the Tigers in 2004.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2003)
Turned in one of the most successful freshman campaigns in LSU history ... Named the SEC Freshman of the Year ... Won a team-leading 20 individual event titles, claiming six on the floor, five on the beam, four on the vault, three in the all-around and two on the bars ... Shattered LSU's all-around record against Centenary and Texas Woman's, scoring a 39.875 ... Won each of the four individual event titles at that meet, recording scores of 9.950 on the vault and bars, 9.975 on the beam and 10.00 on the floor exercise ... Was just the eighth person in school history to record a perfect 10.00 on any event and just the third person to ever do so on the floor exercise ... Clinched LSU's berth to the NCAA Championships, scoring a meet-winning 9.925 on the floor exercise to give LSU a 195.700-195.675 edge over host, Washington ... Placed third in the all-around at that meet with a mark of 39.450 ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors after placing fourth in the all-around at the conference championships with a 39.450 ... Posted a 39.625 in the all-around at Utah, notching three scores of 9.900 or better ... Recorded all-around wins at Kentucky (39.325) and at Auburn (39.475) ... Also either won outright or tied for first on every event at Auburn, scoring a 9.850 on the vault, a 9.925 on the bars, a 9.825 on the beam and a 9.875 on the floor ... Scored a 9.900 or better on floor seven times during the season ... Posted the Tigers' top mark on every event during the 2003 campaign, scoring season-highs of 9.975 on the vault, 9.950 on the bars, 9.975 on the beam and 10.00 on the floor ... Finished the year with LSU's top season averages on the vault (9.840), beam (9.773), floor (9.861) and in the all-around (39.234).

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Carver High School in Houston, Texas ... Trained at Excel Gymnastics under David Worley ... A three-time Junior Olympic all-around national champion (1997, 1999, 2001) ... Member of the 1997 Region III team that finished first at the USAG National Championships.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Joe Burkholder and Debbie Starnes ... Has an older sister, Ashley, and a younger brother, Joel ... Sister Ashley was a gymnast at Kentucky ... Born July 2, 1983, in Harlingen, Texas ... Majoring in general studies.

BURKHOLDER'S CAREER HIGHS
Vault - 10.00 twice
Bars - 9.950 at Centenary/Texas Woman's 3/21/03
Beam - 10.00 twice
Floor - 10.00 four times
All-Around - 39.875 at Centenary/Texas Woman's 3/21/03

INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Vault: 23
Bars: 9
Beam: 24
Floor: 27
All-Around: 25
Total: 108

 

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