This past Sunday the Spartan Gymnastics team held their first official exhibition meet to give fans a preview of the 2012 season.
The annual Blue and Gold meet was against California and drew in a large crowd to the Spartan Gym. This competition was a good way for the gymnasts to practice competing in front of a large crowd and working out all of their kinks before the regular season.
The team had some very special spectators come watch the event, many members of the Spartan Foundation came to show their support along with the Gadways (the gymnastics teams ambassadors) who are avid fans of the team.
The energy remained high throughout the whole competition. Five freshmen made their Spartan debut and really added to the team score.
The Spartans began on vault with a very strong showing. We have added new members to the line up and hope to continually improve throughout the season. Freshman Dannon Gregory competed in three events (vault, bars, beam) on Sunday and really proved to be a strong competitor.
"I felt really excited but also nervous being the first meet and all. But with the support of the fans and the team, the nerves went away and adrenalin kicked in," said Gregory.
The team continued to bars where they had a few mishaps, but really took away what they could improve on for the regular season.
Beam proved to be a strong event for the Spartans on Sunday night, an event that the team has struggled with in the past. Veteran beam workers Thomasina Wallace (9.800) and Julia Greer (9.65) had outstanding performances on the event to lead the team.
We finished on floor with outstanding energy that the audience could not deny. Freshman Alyssa Montalban performed her newly choreographed routine that truly got everyone going.
"I was really anxious to perform and impress the audience and show them what our team has to offer," said Montalban. "Overall, I had so much fun, and I can't wait for the rest of season!"
The competition concluded with no official score to see who had one and lost, but the team gained valuable knowledge and experience that will only translate into better competitors for the regular season.
"I was really pleased with the way the night went," said Spartan head coach Wayne Wright. "I thought we did really well, considering where we are now early in the season. It is always really good for the freshman to gain experience of the college setting and large crowd. Overall there were a lot of good performances tonight and I'm excited for the season to begin."
The Spartans begin their season January 15 at a quad meet at Stanford beginning at 2 p.m. The home schedule begins on Friday, January 20, against Seattle Pacific inside Spartan Gym.
Scores from Sunday's exhibition
Aubrey Lee 9.625
Julia Greer 9.450
Katie Valleau 9.600
Alyssa Montalban 9.600
Cassandra Harrison 9.675
Thomasina Wallace 9.675
Alt - Dannon Gregory 9.525
Cassandra Harrison 9.400
Casey McCord 9.425
Cami Guyer 8.650
Dannon Gregory 9.500
Alyssa Telles-Nolan 9.075
Thomasina Wallace 9.825
Alt - Kiley Field 8.925
Julia Greer 9.650
Kiley Field 8.950
Cassandra Harrison 9.550
Tauny Shearer 9.175
Aubrey Lee 9.350
Thomasina Wallace 9.800
Alt - Dannon Gregory 9.475
Aubrey Lee 8.600
Cassandra Harrison 9.300
Julia Greer 9.550
Alyssa Montalban 9.475
Thomasina Wallace 9.800
Katie Valleau 9.350
Alt - Samantha Wong 8.500