March 20, 2007
Beyond the Beam
Dear Spartan Fans:
Last weekend proved to be a very exciting one for us. We departed Lansing on Thursday morning and flew to Tampa. We then proceeded to Clearwater Beach to have some fun with the team. We spent a few hours on the beach and then headed to Gainesville. Our Friday night meet was interesting as it was Randy's return to his former university. The Florida gymnasts all welcomed him with lots of hugs! We began the meet on bars, which was a bit rough. We had two gymnasts fall so we had to count a fall on this event. We then proceeded to vault and began to compete as we know we are capable. Rochelle won this event against the number one team in the country. We dazzled the crowd on floor with our exciting choreography and then hit 6-for-6 on beam. Though a rough start, we finished the meet with a bang and our highest road score of the season with a 195.375.
We had a few alumni in attendance with Lindsey Voth, Lori Ruane and Brad Golden in the crowd. I also met Pamela Swing Baller after the competition. She was a gymnast with Coach Michael Kasavana in the 1980's. We also had a few others donning Spartan apparel in the crowd. Those MSU alumni are true "Green"!
Saturday we drove to visit St. Augustine to enjoy the sun and the marketplace. This is the oldest city in the United States. The team played in the sun and enjoyed a little shopping before we had to leave for the airport. We arrived in Lansing at 11:00 PM on Saturday night. We then met again on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM to drive to Western Michigan. We told this team that past team's experiences had them performing better on the second meet of a double weekend….but with the traveling we as coaches weren't too sure this was going to happen this time. However, we began the meet on bars and rocked the event scoring a full point higher than we did at Florida. We knew the team was ready to roll and improve upon their Friday night score. We continued to vault and hit 6-for-6 vaults. On floor we did outstanding, scoring our season high! And beam….well….we did have two falls and had to count one in our team score. But we did as we told them MSU team's have done in the past……scored better on the second meet of a double weekend with a team score of 196.3. We were thrilled with the team's road performance and were very happy to see our RQS score improve. We moved from 26th it 19th in the nation. And we will strive to continue to improve and move up to the top 18 "seeded" teams for regionals.
Highlights from Florida:
Highlights from Western Michigan:
We continue the journey……until next time.