Laura Beck ‘12 says, "As a team, we are working hard to improve the skills we had last year and to learn new skills."
Working Around Christmas Break
While there is still a month before the first meet, the team does not practice together over Christmas break. For some members of the team, it is difficult to find a place to practice during the two to three weeks that they are home.
When asked about the two weeks at home prior to the meet, Beck responded, "It puts more responsibility on the gymnasts individually to ensure that they are ready for the season."
Experience and Dedication to See Them Through
With seven returning gymnasts bringing experience and dedication to the squad, and two freshmen eager to contribute, the team hopes to have solid routines in each event. Mandy Grahn ‘13 is excited for the season to get underway.
"I think that once we get through the first couple meets, our team will surpass last year's performance," Grahn admits.
Preparing for Their Christmas Show
Because the team did not lose any seniors last year, they are excited to build on the successes of the past season. As they perfect their routines, the team also works to prepare for their Christmas show, which is Sun. Dec. 12 at 4:00pm in the Old Gym. This show is not only an opportunity for the public to see what the team is working on, it is also a chance for the gymnasts to put routines in a high pressure situation that is more similar to a meet than a typical practice.
The Beginning of an Exciting New Season
As the Phoenix gymnasts finish out the semester with their last weeks of practice, the team is nervous but excited for competition season to begin. When the team returns on Jan. 3 they will work hard to make the last changes to their routines before their first meet on Jan. 8. With the addition of two new team members, the team is ready for an exciting new season to begin.