Captains' Corner

Jan. 12, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

Throughout the season, co-captains Chrissy Lamun, Christa Piazza and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron will offer their thoughts on the team and the season in an online journal.

You grow the most through trials and tribulations. This whole year has been trial after trial, but we continually come out of each one with our heads held high, standing firm and growing stronger.

Our trip to Alabama was no different. This trip was long and trying...from 10 hours in the Portland Airport, unsure of what was to come, to the four and a half hour bus drive to Seattle, a quick late night nap to an early 4:20 alarm clock, a 6:30 flight out of Seattle to Cincinnati, then Cincinnati to Birmingham, and then a one-hour drive to Tuscaloosa.

Once we arrived at the hotel it was off to our rooms. We had a quick 30 minutes to put on our beautiful dresses and smiling faces and race to our banquet. At this point we were at a high level of delusion, laughing hysterically, typical symptoms of sleep deprivation.

Though the meet was rough, there were many shining moments. Most of the mistakes were due to the fatigue of 48 hours of traveling. We didn't finish as well as we wanted to, and people weren't able to get a full taste of who Oregon State really is.

The truth is we fought to get to Tuscaloosa and kept fighting till our last competitor finished. From the time we left to go to Portland and fly out, people thought we were crazy or that it was impossible to even get to Alabama. But we were determined to find a way to Tuscaloosa. When all flights were announced as canceled, we could have given up, picked up our bags and headed back to Corvallis. Instead we fought; we were going to be a part of the Super Six Challenge.

Though we didn't come away with a win, flowers, or a trophy, we came away with something so much more valuable than all those temporary things. We came away with knowledge of what it really takes to be on top! We need to fight not only in the meets but on a day-to-day basis in the practice gym. Practice is where we push through the sweat and tears as we strive to become the best we can. The competition is the chance to show what we've learned.

We showed great character last weekend and know what we need to do to improve. We are looking forward to our home opener this Friday (January 16) at Gill Coliseum to show our home crowd how much potential lies within this team.

We encourage our fans to come excited and ready to make some noise! Bring signs, lots of orange, and all your friends. We love to hear the roar of the crowd. It makes performing that much more fun and really pumps us up. See you Friday at 7 p.m.!!

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