GymTalk-Hannah Dee Smith
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hi there Centenary Gymnastics fans, this is Sophomore Hannah Dee Smith.  I am a transfer student from Hamline University, and my hometown is Decatur, Mississippi.  I am a business major at Centenary and I am currently training bars.  I am here to bring you up to date with some news about this last awesome week in the gym!

We decided to make some team goals for the week, so our goals were to work hard on our determination, team unity and mental toughness.  Coach Jackie has been working with us on making S.M.A.R.T. goals this year (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-framed), so throughout the week we started something new: in order to have way to measure our determination, after each practice we would write down our "determination numbers" on a white board to track how determined we were throughout that day, and also that whole week! I think this really made us zone in on what we needed to do, and kept each other pushing towards getting perfect 10s on our determination numbers!

During the first of the week we had lots of people step up on bars and moved some really good combinations over to the real sets! We kept the energy high and the gym pumped up! It was one of the most determined practices of this semester! Shout out to Bar Star Casie Hood and Christine Langston on doing some amazing blind fulls!

The Ladies left Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. headed to the airport bound for Baltimore, Maryland to compete at Towson University. Many of the Southern girls were excited to see snow on the ground, since that's not really a normal thing for us! It was a great opportunity to be Towson's first meet in their beautiful new facility and also to get to compete on the new equipment!

We started off on bars with a solid hit from Junior Sylvia Keiter and also Senior Robyn Price, having a HUGE jaeger, and then sticking her double back dismount ending with a score of 9.6! After bars was beam, with Sophomore Megan Desjardins scoring her college career high of a 9.575! Senior Tawnee Hadd also had an amazing beam routine, showing her Senior confidence and ended up scoring a 9.7! For the second time in three meets we did not have to count a fall on beam for the Ladies!  After beam we went on to floor, with Senior Robyn Price showing off her rocking country music floor routine, scoring a 9.75! Also, Junior Natalie Humbert did a great routine for a 9.65 and she came in clutch on vault as well scoring a 9.525.

Shoutout to Senior Robyn Price for placing 3rd in the All Around in our first quad meet of the season!

We have this coming week-end off from competition and we are all very excited to have an extra week to keep improving our routines, and also keep pushing each other to get perfect 10s on our determination numbers! We are also waiting patiently with Coach Jackie for her first grandbaby to be born; won’t that be fun!

Our unsung hero for last week is Junior Sylvia Keiter!  Sylvia has really stepped up to be ready to fill in on all four events this year when her team has needed her.  She has worked extremely hard in the gym over the first semester to put herself in a position to compete all-around after she missed her entire freshman season and almost all of her sophomore season because of injuries.

Stay tuned next week to hear more updates from Sophomore Casie Hood!

<3 

HDee

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