March 2, 2013
The final meet of the regular season is something to look forward to. It marks the beginning of the end of a long competition season. It is also the last meet before ECAC’s and is the point of the season where we hope to be peaking with team and individual scores.
Our final meet of the regular season was scheduled at West Chester State in West Chester, PA. A casual 5 hour drive, we started out early Saturday morning and arrived at our hotel in the afternoon. We took a few minutes to settle in and then headed over to the gym with the meet starting at 6pm. Generally, we don’t travel and compete on the same day, but since the competition was in the evening it was the selected order of events. Not being used to walking into the gym on stiff legs and cramped muscles, the girls had an interesting experience adjusting to the circumstances.
The meet was a quad meet with host team West Chester, SCSU and RIC with a gymnast from Wilson College tagging onto RIC’s rotation. We began the meet looking forward to finishing off the regular season with a strong performance and confident attitudes. The freshmen class started us off right with a word of the week: Meow. I’m pretty sure we were all thoroughly confused as to how this word was supposed to be motivational… but the girls laughed off their joke word and produced their real word of the meet; Passion. This word reminded us why we all are still doing gymnastics after all these years of dedication to the sport. We all love the sport, no matter how tough it gets and whether we realize it or not, gymnastics is one of our passions in life. Without passion, we wouldn’t have the motivation to give it 100% and be satisfied whether we win or lose.
We started off the meet on bars with a strong performance, counting only one fall. On beam, we had consistent and confident routines by Nikki, Keelin and Lauren to start off the rotation, but lost a little focus at the end of the rotation to count 3 falls. Floor turned out to be a challenging event due to some trouble adjusting to the different timing of the mats. Although we struggled with some landings, we pulled it together at the end to finish up with some good performances. We finished the meet on vault with one of our better performances. Jen had a highlight performance by filling in for Abby who had to pull out of line up due to injury. Jen stuck her vault after performing for the first time in line up!
Overall, we didn’t have our best performance with a team score of 182.9. We had some struggles with injuries throughout the competition and a sense that we were tired after a long bus ride and possibly overwhelmed by finishing up the long regular season. However, a positive aspect of the meet was the constructive attitudes and encouraging cheers the team maintained throughout the meet. Although we didn’t do our best overall, we didn’t become discouraged by the outcome, and on the contrary came away realizing we could do so much better.
Beginning the practice week before ECAC’s on March 10th, we’re hoping to rejuvenate and regain energy to approach the weekend confidently and with renewed excitement. We have no doubts in our mind that we can qualify for Nationals in the top 3 teams. We just need to stick together and tap into our potential. By doing that, we’ll reach our goal of peaking at ECAC’s and making it to Nationals. Hope to see you there!