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|Floor Exercise||14.700||3/2/13||at Illinois Dual|
|Pommel Horse||12.800||2/12/12||at Springfield College Dual|
|Vault||14.000||2/12/12||at Springfield College Dual|
|Parallel Bars||15.100||3/2/13||at Illinois Dual|
|High Bar||16.000 *||2/23/13||Springfield College Dual|
* - School Record
2014 (Senior Year)
Competed in four meets during the 2014 season ... Posted a score of 14.500 in the floor exercise against Illinois (2/15) ... Recorded a sixth-place finish in the floor exercise against Minnesota (3/1), while also matching a career-high mark with a season-high score of 14.700 ... Notched a 14.450 on the parallel bars at Puerto Rico (3/7), while also recording a 14.750 on the high bar ... Set a season-high mark on the high bar with a score of 15.050 at Michigan (3/14) ... At the Big Ten Championship team finals (3/21), he put up a season-high score of 14.550 on the parallel bars, while also tallying a 14.950 on the high bar and a 14.250 in the floor exercise ... Finished eighth in the floor exercise at the Big Ten Championship individual finals (3/22) with a score of 14.575 ... Placed seventh on the high bar at the NCAA Qualifier (4/10) with a score of 14.650, while also tying for 13th in the floor exercise with a 14.700 ... Competed in three events at the NCAA team finals (4/11), posting his highest score of the night (14.700) in the floor exercise.
2013 (Junior Year)
Competed in all nine of the team's meets and at the NCAA Championships...Made touches on the floor exercise, parallel bars and high bar...Was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week once (2/25)...Set the school record and ranks fourth in NCAA history with a 16.000 mark on the high bar vs. Springfield College (2/23)...Was the team's top performer on the high bar...Ranked fourth on the team on the parallel bars...Competed on the high bar during the individual finals at the Big Ten Championships (4/6) with a score of 13.725...Boasted the top score on the high bar at the NCAA Team Qualifier (4/19) with a score of 15.200...Won the high bar with a score of 15.800 in a tri-meet at Temple with William & Mary (2/16) and posted the top mark of 15.300 vs. Michigan (3/16)...Scored a 15.350 on the high bar at the Navy Open (1/19)...Posted a career-best score of 15.100 on the parallel bars at Illinois (3/2)...Set a new career-best on the floor exercise with a score of 14.700 at Illinois (3/2).
2012 (Sophomore Year)
Competed in eight of the team's nine meets and at the NCAA Championships...Made touches on the floor exercise, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and high bar...Ranked second on the team in the high bar...Topped the 15.000 mark on the high bar twice, including a season-best score of 15.250 to finish second in the event at Ohio State (2/25)...Won the high bar vs. Army (1/14) with a score of 15.200...Also won the high bar event vs. Minnesota (3/17)...Scored a season-best 14.500 on the parallel bars vs. Temple (3/24)...Set a career-high with a score of 12.800 on the pommel horse and 14.000 on the vault at Springfield College (2/12).
2011 (Freshman Year)
Competed in nine of the team's 10 meets and the NCAA Championships...Made touches on the floor exercise, parallel bars and high bar...Earned All-America honors on the high bar...Posted the team's top score on the high bar and ranked third on the team in the parallel bars...Qualified for the individual finals at the NCAA Championships (4/14) with the top qualifying score of 14.800 on the high bar...Tied for third on the high bar during the NCAA Championships (4/15) team and all-around finals...Finished tied for sixth at the NCAA Championships (4/16) individual finals on the high bar...Qualified for the Big Ten Championships (4/2) individual finals on the parallel and high bar...Finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships (4/2) with a score of 13.950 on the parallel bars and was 10th on the high bar with a mark of 12.900...Claimed his season-best score of 14.400 on the floor exercise at the West Point Open (1/14)...Earned his top parallel bar score of 14.700 during the NCAA Championships (4/14) qualifier...Boasted a season-best 15.350 to win the high bar title in a tri-meet at Oklahoma with Illinois...also won the high bar vs. Springfield College (14.500, 2/12) and in a tri-meet at Minnesota with Iowa (15.100, 3/5).
Qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships from 2007-2010... Qualified to VISA Championships (2009-2010)...Won the silver medal on floor exercise at the 2009 VISA Championships...Captured the silver medal on high bar at 2010 VISA Championships...Junior Olympic National Champion on high bar...Earned the Jason Whitfield Scholarship.
Full name is Wasef T. Burbar ...Born in Knoxville, Tenn. on Jan. 30, 1992...Has two brothers, Alexandru and Adrian Nitache, and one sister, Zanah Burbar.
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