Jan. 8, 2007
Beyond The Beam
With a new year begins a new journey. I am very excited about the journey in which this team is about to embark upon. I have been around for quite some time now in the realm of NCAA Gymnastics, having worked with three other teams prior to Michigan State. I can honestly say that with each new team I have a renewed spirit and desire to help these young women become the best student, athlete and all around person that they can become. The student-athletes here at Michigan State have the desire, intellect, heart and drive to take this journey far into the 2007 season.
With seven newcomers and eight returnees, this team is poised to make an impact that no other MSU Gymnastics team has ever made. Sure, there will be ups and downs, there will be great meets and ok meets, there will be aches and pains, but there will always be the desire to do something that only one other MSU team has done before...go to the NCAA Championships. Nineteen years ago in 1988, Mike Kasavana (then head coach of MSU Gymnastics) lead the first and only team to make it to an NCAA Championship. That championship was hosted by none other than the University of Utah. Fast forward to 2007 and once again the University of Utah is hosting the NCAA Championship Meet. Will MSU Gymnastics be able to make it there this time around? Only time will tell, but we are sure going to enjoy the journey along the way.
This 2007 MSU team is like no other from what I have been told by Kathie (Klages - Head Coach). There is a tremendous amount of talent that this team possesses. But is that enough? With a slew of 10.0 vaults (10 total), of which five are from newcomers, this could be the best vault team MSU has ever had. With a few new upgrades on the uneven bars and with eight "E" level dismounts, this is perhaps the deepest MSU has ever been. With over eleven athletes primed and ready to compete on balance beam, the depth continues. And then there is floor, there were twelve athletes that competed in our intrasquad last Friday, with ten-out-of twelve hit routines. There is reason for the Spartans to be excited for this upcoming season. For the first time in Spartan gymnastics history, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. Will the last piece of the puzzle be placed on April 26th in Utah?
I am excited to be here at Michigan State University and I hope that you will follow us on our journey and watch the puzzle pieces fall in to place.
Go Green! Go White!...Go Spartans!
Let the journey begin...
Associate Head Coach Randy Lane