GymTalk: Kaity Mussio
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hey Ladies Fans! Thank you for tuning in for this week's edition of Gym Talk! I'm Kaity Mussio, and I'm a freshman gymnast from Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a major transition moving across the country, but being on the gymnastics team has made me feel at home. I am lucky to have the best coach and teammates around!

Throughout the preseason, our team has been setting high standards and goals for this year. The road to becoming National Champions started with our first meet against Texas Women's University this past weekend. The Ladies kicked the season off with a bang and have several successes to be proud of. My first college gymnastics meet was an experience I will not forget!

The environment at the home meet was electric. Energy and fire radiated from the athletes as we began warming up for the meet. Colorful signs made by the Ladies for fellow teammates covered the Gold Dome arena and cheering voices filled the air. After a solid warmup, the athletes ran back out onto the floor as the teams were introduced, feeling the adrenaline and excitement flowing through our bodies. Many supportive fans cheered on the Ladies as we began the first event-- vault. Kellie Slater's powerful vault earned her first place on the event! Next the Ladies moved to uneven bars where we hit several solid routines, despite having fewer gymnasts able to compete the event. Freshman Ashley White received the top score for the Ladies on bars in her collegiate debut! On beam, the team performed beautiful routines, with the highlight being Megan Desjardins who tied for third on the event. Lastly was my favorite event to watch the Ladies compete-- floor! The team finished strong and the crowd loved Centenary's powerful tumbling passes and captivating dance. Sylvia Keiter led the Ladies on floor, kicking off her routine with a sky-high double pike. Sylvia received second place on the event! Allison Scates won the all-around! Way to go Allison! Ashley also had a very impressive meet as an all-arounder in her first collegiate competition, receiving third place. This was a great first meet for the Centenary Ladies, and one of the best season-openers in several years. Thank you to all the fans who came out to support us!!

This weekend the team will travel to Illinois State to compete on Sunday, January 18. The team looks to build on our impressive start as well as make considerable improvements, with perhaps some new faces in event lineups. We have a long season ahead of us, however we will take it one meet and one routine at a time, aiming to improve at every competition. The Centenary Ladies are a strong team and through living by our core covenants--discipline, fire, and loyalty--we will reach our dreams.

Thank you for reading! Until next time!

 

Love you all,

Kaity