Gymnastics Captains' Corner

Dec. 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - After months of being in the practice gym, it was nice to be able to compete in front of fans at our intrasquad last week. The season is just around the corner and the intrasquad was a good warmup for us.

We'll get a few days off this week for the holidays, but we know when we get back, it's all business. The intrasquad opened our eyes to some areas we need to work on, as a team and as individuals.

We feel we did really well. When we do this meet every year in Gill, it helps to get out all the nerves and get back into the groove of competing on a hard floor and in front of an audience.

It's always a great experience for the freshmen to prepare for their upcoming collegiate career, and it helps us see as a team what we need to do for each other, whether it's talking or moving a mat or encouraging each other.

We're ahead of where we were last year, and we feel very confident about this season. Of course, there are always things we want to work on to improve. One of the main things we need to work on is gaining confidence and getting rid of all the worries and doubts. This year we're going to conquer doubt and fear and we're going to rise up. We are going to walk out on the floor and be able to look into everyone's eyes and know they're going to make it.

One of the highlights of the night was having Meghan be able to attend. It was a thrill for us to see her walk into the gym. Everyone lit up. Every time we see her, she's made another great stride to her recovery. It's nice for her to be able to talk with us and keep those bonds and ties together.

As Meghan recovers, we still have the reminders of having to work hard in the gym and prepare for anything. There's constant reminders that we need to be prepared for anything. We've had some recent injuries, and although we don't know the extent of them yet, we're not letting them bring us down. Everyone will continue to work hard, because you never know when you might be needed in the lineup. It's good to know that you can put anyone in and they'll do just as good as the next. It won't faze us. We're capable of performing well under any circumstances.

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