Senior Stephanie Strickler contributes this week's Gym Talk
Thursday, November 19, 2015


This past week has been a whirlwind for the Ladies as Thanksgiving break is approaching. We had a fun meeting with our nutritionist, Denise, this past Friday. She came prepared with several samples and snacks. The team passed them around and most of us were pleasantly surprised by some of the things we liked!  She also gave us a packet filled with lots of cool easy recipes for healthy food we can prepare in our dorm rooms or apartments. It was exciting to step out of our comfort zones and try something new for a change. Coach Jackie also surprised us with a little Christmas in November. We got two awesome new workout tops and a new pair of shorts. We were so excited that we wore them to practice the next day. Everyone looked so official!!

Throughout the week leading up to the weekend, we worked extremely hard on putting routines together. The gym has been full of energy and excitement, as we have been making huge improvements on all four events.

The Ladies showed up and showed out at our very first intrasquad of the year! Shout out to vault shaker, Ashley White. She performed a gorgeous yurchenko full for the Ladies.  Senior Kellie Slater bammed her huge layout ½ too. Another standout routine came from Allison Scates on the bars. She is looking to be a source of consistency for us on more event than one! The beam team got it done and did not have to count a fall, which is amazing for our first time out this year.  It was so fun to watch Liz on the floor this weekend. Not only was her tumbling gorgeous, we got to see her perform her brand new floor choreography. She is one that will be sure to have everyone dancing on the sidelines.  I made my bar routine, which was my first routine in front of judges since my sophomore year; it felt great to be back in competition. The energy in the gym was absolutely electric, and it is evident we are getting excited for competition season! We had an amazing intrasquad, but our work is not done. We will be hitting the gym even harder this week to build on the successes of last weekend. Tune in next week!


Thanks for all the support Ladies fans!!