Gym Talk with Robyn
Friday, January 25, 2013

Hey Centenary gymnastics fans!

I hope everyone enjoyed catching up with Amanda last week.  We have had a very eventful week this past week!  We started out the week practicing and mentally preparing ourselves for our first competition of the year.  It is such an exciting time for college gymnasts as we begin traveling all over the nation competing the new routines we have been training so hard for.   Friday we set off to Knoxville, TN to take part in the first annual Ozone Collegiate gymnastics meet!  We were one of  four teams competing; which also included UW- Stout, UW- Eau Claire, and Osh-Kosh. 

Before the meet we went to the arena to visualize our routines and get a good picture of the gym.  After that, we met up with a club gymnastics team to visit and talk with them and tell them how awesome competing at the college level is! It was a lot of fun reminiscing about club gymnastics and seeing how much energy and excitement they have!  Then we headed to the arena to our first meet of the season!  We began warming up as the gym started to come alive filling up with so many fans.  It is hard to explain the amazing feeling you get when your team is running out onto the floor being introduced to hundreds of fans!  It is very humbling!

We had some awesome routines this weekend.  We only travelled two freshmen to Tennessee but they both stepped up and hit their routines exactly how we needed them to.  Shout out to Megan and Stephanie! We began on Vault which is our favorite event to start on.  We all made our vaults which was a good confidence booster for the rest of the meet. We then went to bars and had some great routines there as well.  Jessica got to compete her new dismount (double lay-out), and it was awesome! I wish we had a picture of her face after landing her routine, everyone was jumping for joy! Next was beam, where we also had some good routines.  Shout out to Tawnee for hitting a great routine with such confidence and aplomb!  And last up was floor where we got to let all of our nerves out and enjoying dancing around to our new and fun choreography! Big shout out to our senior anchor on floor, Meg Crowley.  She had our highest score of the night with a 9.725!  We placed 2nd as a team behind Eau Claire.

We had some great performances this weekend, as well as some room to improve for our next meet less than a week away against Southeast Missouri State.  Now that we have our first meet jitters out of the way, we will be ready to move forward and improve each and every week.   Stay tuned as we continue our journey of the 2013 gymnastics season! Go Ladies!

Team Co-Captain,

Robyn Price