Gymnastics Journey: Postcard from West Virginia

April 10, 2010

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Today was another exciting day for SWG. We started off our day with a nice breakfast at the hotel followed by some free time the rest of the morning. It was a little more difficult to wake up at 9 a.m. than we all hoped for. But by tomorrow we should be more adjusted to the three-hour time change. We ate lunch at a team favorite restaurant, Panera, and then we had a light practice at the venue where we will compete. We named the building 'the clam' because it looks like a giant oyster from the outside and we broke (a cheer before practice starts) to 'pearl,' because at the meet we want to stand out for the crowd! We also met Leslie, a gymnast from George Washington who will be in our group competing as an individual. She was very nice and according to her, we were 'intimidating' because we had such a light workout the day before the meet. At this point we are so well-prepared and ready to rock!

After practice we quickly made our way to the bus, with the hopes of making it to the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon,' but unfortunately (or fortunately for some of us) we didn't quite make it in time. The group of girls who were set on watching the film still went to it despite missing the first few minutes. Those who weren't as excited about animated dragons decided on different movies, as a few of us went to see 'Date Night,' and a small group watched 'The Last Song.' 'Date Night' got the most raves and there are countless quotes from that one. Outback Steakhouse was the dinner of choice for the night (Dani's favorite restaurant) and it was Lindsey's 'birthday' once again.

On the bus, we played this game where we had to guess `what can we bring to the camping trip?', where we guess objects and try to guess the pattern of the different types of things we can bring. So for example, I say for this camping trip I can bring: a banana, an apple, elephants, soup, paper...etc. What can you bring next? Can you figure it out? We came up with some challenging patterns and had some fun. Blair, once again, proved her dominance at games while the freshmen...well... they needed some help.

When we came back to the hotel the coaches were waiting for us with a team activity. The team was split into four groups, two groups were assigned to perform a dance to a random assortment of music that Mike put together, while the other two groups had to come up with a rap. CJ stole the show with her interpretive dances while JP showed us her inner ability to spit game (aka rap).

We are all very excited for the competition and cannot wait to get started. It will definitely be an exciting championship meet! Check back in tomorrow to see the results!!!

- Ming and Sko

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