Final Edition of this season's Gym Talk
Monday, April 16, 2012

Hello Gym Talk fans! Seniors here, coming to you for the last time (for reals this time!).  Today was our final day of our last Nationals!  Some of us started off the morning chillin’ in the hot tub letting our bodies recover from a long day in New York City yesterday! We got to sleep in and hang out for most of the morning while Coach Jackie and Melody went to the meet with Ciara, our first team All-American on beam.  We also found out today that we had three other girls qualify as second team All-Americans: Amanda Holt on vault, Meg Crowley on floor, and Robyn Price in the all-around! Ciara, who made the first team All-American, got to compete in event finals to represent our team competing against some of the best gymnasts in the country.  She looked like such a beautiful beam queen and did a wonderful job representing the Centenary Ladies.  She almost topped her career high scoring a 9.775 tying for fifth place! We are so proud of her and the rest of our team for giving it their all this weekend. 

After event finals, we came back to the hotel for some relaxing.  We stayed in tonight and began packing, finished up some homework, and ordered pizza at the hotel! We also had a little “hair party” in Mrs. Hadd’s room. As you all know, whenever Mrs. Hadd comes to our meets, she brings along all her hair supplies.  She does everything from highlights to trims to red tips! Almost the whole team got something done this weekend and now we will be looking good as we head back to Shreveport! It was so awesome because the whole team, plus some of their families, all hung out in the room while everyone was getting their hair done.  For us this was a very special time because this will be the last time we will stay in the hotel with the team. 

This team has been through so much together and we will never forget all the amazing teammates and memories we have shared.  We love each and every one of these girls and what unique qualities they bring to the team.  It will be one of the hardest things we have ever had to do leaving these girls.  We never really understood how it would feel to be actually done with something that has been such a huge part of our lives for as long as we can remember.  This sport has defined who we are, taken up most of our free time, taught us countless lessons, allowed to make so many friends, and travel to so many places.  It is the craziest feeling in the world knowing this was the last meet we will ever compete in. 

In three weeks, we will graduate from college and begin a new chapter. We don’t have definite plans right after graduation, but we all know that this sport will always remain a part of all our lives. We are so grateful for all our college experiences have taught us and everything we have had the opportunity to do.  We are so lucky to have such an amazing coach come in our senior year.  She has helped us grow so much not only as athletes but also as people.  We can’t wait to see what she has in store for the future of Centenary Gymnastics!

Love, The Senior Ladies

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