SOPHOMORE (2012): Competed on the balance beam in all but one team competition...posted a season-best 9.700 during the team finals at the USAG Championships...placed ninth at that meet...posted a mark of 9.525 to finish within the top half of the field at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships...scored above a 9.500 during seven meets.
FRESHMAN (2011): Earned USAG All-America second-team honors on the balance beam...placed ninth in the individual event finals with a score of 9.200...recorded a career-high 9.725 during the team qualifying round to tie for fifth...scored a 9.700 to tie for seventh during the team finals...also competed on the beam during four regular season competitions.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Fond du Lac High School...member of the National Honor Society...graduated with a 3.9 GPA...member of SWAT (Students Working as Teachers)...volunteered in fourth-grade classrooms, teaching life lessons...competed at the club level for Oshkosh Gymnastics Center...coached by Phyllis and Dale Hardt...three-year participant at nationals...competed at Level 10 for five years...participated at the regional meet for seven years.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Jeff and Sherri Bucher...father served in the Air Force for seven years...has one older sister, Tori, and two younger sisters, Megan and Katie...majoring in biology...future career plans becoming a physical therapist...served as Element Leader and Academic NCO in the fall of 2012...has also served as the Academic Clerk...earned Jump wings in the summer of 2011...hobbies include reading, movies and spending time with family and friends...is extremely close to family and says "they are the most important thing in my life"...is very excited about this year's team...favorite event is the balance beam, because "it is challenging and very rewarding. I find it fun"...traveled to Romania and Bulgaria over the summer through the Academy's cultural immersion program...also completed Operation Air Force at Scott AFB, Ill. ("learned some jobs that I don't want to do in the Air Force") and served as a Safety Medical NCO during the second session of Basic Cadet Training ("lots of Band-Aids on blisters")...member of Cadet Squadron 27.