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GymCat Corner: Alexis' Blog
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 23, 2007
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Hey GymCat Fans!


            We all just got done with spring break and it was amazing. Our spring break is a lot different than the average college student’s break. We don’t get to go on vacation because we have practice, so we just chill in Tucson with each other. Most of the girls love to lay out in the sun and see who can get the darkest and get the closest to me. Right now Jamie Custer is in the lead by far. Besides relaxing during break we had a lot of work to do.


We went to N.C. State the weekend before break. This was a very big meet for us, since Colleen used to coach there. They wanted to beat us more than anything, and we brought out the best in them. We started on bars and went in Olympic order. We had a rough first event, but as we went on each event got better than the previous. Going into our last even, vault, we were down by .275 but we weren’t going to stop fighting. We all wanted the win so our vault team really went to work. Finally we showed how good of a vault team we have. It all came together at the right time. We ended with a huge bang as Britt got a 9.975 for her nearly perfect vault. It was beautiful!!!!!! After getting a 49.45 vault score we pulled through to win the meet with a 196.150. This was a great score to add to our RQS.  Another perk was that Brittany won the meet and then was crowned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. We were ready to head home and get ready for the next week.


Throughout the week we had very good practices. Everyone was working and perfecting their skills to fix the mistakes from the previous week. A lot of the girls had friends come out and visit for spring break. It was really cool to meet our friends’ friends from home. Now we had to get ready for the senior meet.


This was going to be Jamie Holton and Aubrey’s last home regular season meet.  As a team, we tried to make this day special for them. We all came together and bought them engraved necklaces and made them scrapbooks.  We also decorated a truck with balloons and streamers, bought the girls sashes and crowns, and drove the girls around town in the bed of the truck. It was a lot of fun.  After this it was time for business as we were competing against some really good teams: Penn State, Texas Women’s, and Kentucky. Once again we started off a little rocky ?- this time it was on vault. Just like the previous week, we never stopped fighting. Each event just kept getting better and better. Bars went really well and to top it off, Aubrey exhibitioned a routine without a dismount. This was so she could do something in her senior meet even though her foot is not completely healed. Her routine was beautiful as if she had never stopped training. A great beam performance led us into floor and we saved the best for last. Floor was really good, but the best part was Jamie Holton’s routine. It was so beautiful it brought tears to some of our eyes. One of the judges gave her a 10.0 and the other gave her a 9.9. She ended up with a 9.95, a personal best. The meet ended bitter sweet. We didn’t win but we got our season high 196.650. Karin once again won the all around.


After the awards ceremony, we had a senior recognition. Aubrey and Jamie along with their parents walked out on the floor to be recognized for all of their achievements over the years in the gym, classroom, and community. They both receive framed leotards from the coaches and Melanie made a speech to express all of our feelings. This ceremony was kind of sad because we are going to miss them both on the team next year. We are getting ready for this weekend as we head up to BYU.  It’s our last regular season meet and want a big score to boost our rankings. We are all really excited because post season is almost here and we are excited to be competing at home for the NCAA Regionals on April 14th. If you haven’t ordered your tickets, please do so soon!


Until next time ... GO CATS!   


~ Lex

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