2010-11 Gym Talk - Shanice Howard

            Hey Spartans! Senior co-captain Shanice Howard here with the scoop on Sunday night's Blue and Gold meet versus Stanford.  The weekend started off strong for the Spartan gymnasts with a great showing at the annual SJSU student-athlete talent show Thursday evening, which earned us the first place title!  Spirits were high, and the excitement was boundless as we headed into the competition gym Sunday afternoon.  We were ready to show everyone why we've been in the gym conditioning at 6:30 in the morning, why we can be found walking through the hallways of SPX and YUH covered in chalk every afternoon, and why we spend hours inside and outside the gym trying to find ways to make our team even better.  We were ready to show everyone that Spartan Gymnastics means business this season!

            With our team's specially-made "pump-up music" playlist blaring from the speakers, Blue and Gold started with a quick warm-up, and then our team headed to vault and Stanford to bars.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 vaults hit!  With special note to senior Lily Swann for her near perfect yurchenko lay-out full twist to end it with a bang.  The energy was high as we confidently made our way over to bars, an event that is slightly lacking in depth for the Spartans.  But our capable line-up managed to pull off a great performance, hitting 5 out of 6 routines and finishing with a spectacular showing from junior Thomasina Wallace.  The screaming and cheering that followed her stuck dismount carried us over to our next event, the balance beam. 

            Some changes have been made to the Spartan beam line-up, and we are certain that it will be one of our strongest events this season.  With a couple of uncharacteristic falls, 4 of the 6 competitors did solid routines, followed by an outstanding exhibition from freshman Cassie Harrison.  Finally it was time for the floor exercise, historically our team's best event.  Junior Samantha Wong made her debut performance on the floor, starting off the event with a great showing.  The girls showed off some new dance moves and some amazing tumbling, ending the meet with 6 out of 6 hit routines!  Overall, the Blue and Gold meet was a great kick-off for the Spartan Gymnastics season. Come out and watch as we make our way closer and closer to a conference title! First home meet is January 21 against Utah State and Wisconsin Eau Claire at 7 p.m. in YUH. See you there! Go Spartans!