NCAA Championships Blog - Allison Taylor

April 15, 2009

NCAA Championship Central will provide exclusive access to the UCLA Gymnastics team as it competes this week at the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, NE. Student-athletes will blog about the week's happenings, starting with sophomore Allison Taylor, who discusses the team's practice session and looks back at the 2009 season.

Hey everybody!

Well, we are officially in Nebraska! It was definitely a long trip, and we got to our hotel at 1:00 in the morning. Luckily, we had the late training session, so we got to sleep in a little bit. Training went really well today and was so fun! Before practice we played our very own 'Ric Coy cup game,' which has original lyrics about being a Bruin gymnast. This fun little game has started to become a ritual for our team. And who knows? Maybe tomorrow we will pull out another original UCLA Gymnastics game, 'Duck, Duck, Raptor.'

Anyways, we are so confident that we are just doing our normal training to mentally and physically be at our peak for the competition. Our last week of practice at UCLA was awesome; we did a lot of team assignments, and we have built so much trust in each other that there is no doubt in anybody's mind that we are going to hit. Everyone looks great and is so energized to compete. We are ready to go out and put on a show and show everyone what this Bruin team is REALLY made of!

This has been such a rewarding season, and we are simply enjoying our last week of training together as the 2009 team. Our whole team was so cohesive from the very beginning, which has been what made this year so fun. From preseason to now, we have had so many great times together, and we have made memories that will never be forgotten. At Regionals, we all got together in someone's hotel room and just shared all of our favorite memories from the season, and we had some great laughs! Don't ask Foody about his haircut from Oregon. :)

Nationals will be Ari's last meet, and we will all be so sad to see her go. She has had an exceptional career and will be missed greatly. But I think we all know that she is going to go on and do exceptional things in her life. She will forever be a true Bruin.

So think blue & gold thoughts this weekend! And from the bottom of all of our Bruin hearts ... we thank all of our fans, friends and families for all of their love and support throughout the whole season. We truly wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for all of you! Love you all. GO BRUINS!

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