Today my coaches gave me my first Letter of Interest from a college. From Arkansas Gymnastics – University of Arkansas! Go Razorbacks! Currently ranked #10. I tried to work hard during the College clinic and showcase, I am happy it paid off. Hopefully they will still like me in 5 or 6 years! :).
This trip to Las Vegas for the level 10 High tech Camp/College showcase was the first time I flew without my mom or dad. (My mom had to coach a meet on Sunday and my dad had to work on Saturday) My coach Annie and I left really early Saturday morning, landed, hit the strip and I won a Minion playing the ring toss. We watched the college showcase for a little bit, then went to see a Cirque de Soleil show – Ka. On Sunday we woke up, ate breakfast and went to the gym for the camp. There were alot of different college coaches helping at each event and walking around watching. I did pretty good on my events but didn’t have my best bar day 😦 But I did end with catching a couple of each releases on bars to end the bar rotation. Vault and floor were pretty good and I did felt really good on Beam. After the clinic we went to a buffet with really good dessert and then ended coming home really late! It was fun!
I just finished the 3 day Elite & Tops gymnastics camp at SCEGA, in Temecula. It was fun! I met some new friends and got to work with some of the National Training Staff coaches. I got some new skills and combos on bars. Some good drills and tips for the other events. Mckayla Maroney’s coach Arthur worked with me abunch on bars and Tami Biggs a bunch on beam. I won a contest with Doc Allison for mental strength and got a shirt. :). It was pretty fun! Were on our way back to Newport Beach for some beach fun. Only 9 days left until we start school. 7th grade here I come!
A couple of Saturdays ago, was some of the Optional teams first meet. There was suppose to be 6 girls going and competing in level 7 but right before the meet, Regan hurt her foot and couldn’t compete and Matea hurt her hand and couldn’t compete. Both are better and can compete at the next meet. That left us with Kylie, Sameerah, Gigi and Lynse. Our whole team of Optionals went to go watch. Everyone did really good! Mostly all scores were over 9s. Great job teammates! Lynse competed and She got first place all around out of her session. The top 7 of 2 sessions compete at the Nationals judges cup. After the meet the whole team went and ate at the spaghetti factory and Lynse waited to find out if she was going to make it to compete at the National Judges cup. Turns out She had the highest score of both sessions and is going to Florida to compete for our state. Whoo hoo Lynse!
Watch out, I’m going to Boise, Idaho!
And I did. Along with My dad, Mom, Sister, Grandpa, Nana, Nonni, Papa, Kylie, Jen, Annie, Jeff, My uncle Mike, Sam, and Little Michael. It also turns out I have family there! My cousin Risa, and Lexi and Risa’s mom Peggy. Samantha, My aunt in law also has family there too.
Our trip to Boise Started with a man falling down the escalator at the Sacramento airport. It was scary to watch and we saw the whole thing happen. He turned out to be okay but I think he missed his flight.
Once we were there, I had practice at the arena that night. The next day we went swimming and then into town and walked around. That night Kylie, Annie, Jen, my mom and myself all went to the Westerns Banquet. It was at Boise State and over looked the blue football field. It was fun! We met and talked with Amanda Borden and she was the main person talking at the Banquet. There was also a gymnast there who broke her neck in college and then came back and competed again. We sat at a table with gymnasts that lived in Boise and trained down the street. Then Kylie and I danced to all the songs and Annie even danced a little too!
We stayed out till abut 10:45 or 11 then went back to the hotel. My competition was first thing in the morning.
Turns out first thing in the morning in another state is not always great. I think there was a 2 hour time difference so I was really tired. 😦
When I walked onto the floor for warm ups it was cool to see all the regions with their own colored leo. Just big teams. It was the first time that I got to wear a number on my leo. That was cool! At this meet I knew I was competing first for myself but Also for the Region 1 team. This was the first time I was competing with enough girls to make a team since level 7. In level 8 I had 2 teammates and in level 9 I had one until the first meet. Megan. She competed the first meet but then had a bad accident on bars and didn’t compete with me any more 😦
The way this meet works is that the Region 1 team was split into 2 groups. I was in the first 6 that went first. Our group started on Vault. I was 3rd to go on vault. This meet was going to be the first meet that I flipped a layout instead of a pike. I did okay. I got a 9.2. It was an okay start.
Then I went to bars. I am not sure what happened. Bars for my level 9 season were one of my better events. That day at Westerns, they were not. I just couldn’t get it together and I couldn’t do a pirouette on the high bar for anything. I think I had one good warm up. When I went to compete, I knew I had to have extra power to make it over the high bar and kinda over rotated making me compete “plan B” Instead of just going into my swing half I had to Kip, clear hip handstand then swing half. It was not good. I got an 8.850. That was my lowest bars all season I think. Worst than a fall. I was sad and mad. I needed just my regular bar routine to keep up with the scores from the rest of the girls. I also knew that there was no way I was going to get a 38 with that score and that was my goal for that meet.
Beam. I just need a clean routine. I wanted to make up for bars. I did pretty good, Not as good as my state meet but I scored a 9.525. Leading me to my last event, floor. I was happy it was my last even. At the last couple of meets it was my first so I thought it would be good for a change. I competed and when I was done I got a 9.45. 9.45 was my highest score all season. When I looked at the screen to see what place that put me in I was in first place!!!! There were only a couple of girls in my rotation left to compete and then the other part of region 1. I think after 2 girls I dropped to 2nd then 3rd then they cleared the scoreboard.
37.1 was my all-around score. It was almost a point away from my goal but overall besides bars, I flipped my first layout, did a solid routine on beam and got my highest floor score.
Now to the awards. They only placed out to 10th place out of 50.
I actually placed 6th on Beam and 6th on Floor and 12th for the All-Around. That wasn’t that bad for my first year of level 9 and competing against 50 girls. My level 9 season was now over.
We went out to lunch with everyone that came to watch me. Then later that afternoon, we went over to my cousin Risa’s house in Idaho and she has abunch of horses. So I went horsebackriding. That was my first time ever, and it was alot of fun. My mom, sister, grandpa, nonnie and Ari all went horsebackriding too.
My Westerns experience was then over and we went back home.
Level 9 Regionals. Regionals this year was different. I was going to regionals with really high expectations for myself. I wanted to do really good again. I wanted to be a Regional Champion again. But this year was also different because the top 12 qualified to Westerns. At the beginning of the year, Westerns was just talk about what comes after Regionals if you are one of the top gymnasts. In level 8, I knew regionals was the last meet of the season for me so I wanted to do good but there wasn’t extra pressure to qualify to somewhere. This year, I felt the pressure a little bit. I wanted to go to Westerns. Only so many girls get to go and I wanted too. I would be the first girl from my gym to go.
Regionals was in Las Vegas and there were 3 of us from our Optional team going. Me, and Tat and Anna. Kylie actually came too but Kylie hurt her arm so she wasn’t competing. We had to get to vegas early so we could do the practice at the area where the meet was going to be held. My meet wasn’t until the very end of the weekend so I watched my friends compete, went down the strip, went zip lining over Fremont street and waited. (After my meet – I ate at the Heart Attack grill)
This year 37 girls were in my age division. I competed, I still did my pike for vault, 9.35 my highest score of the season, bars – 9.45 my highest score of the season, Beam – a pretty solid routine 9.6 and floor my highest score for it so far that year 9.4. My All-Around score turned out to be my highest ever! 37.8. A tenth better than the regional score I got the year before. So close to a 38. A 38 is one of my goals. It was a good score, Did I make it to Westerns? I place 6th on bars, 2nd on Beam and …. 4th All-Around! I qualified to Westerns. I was so excited and happy!
Next they called up all the qualifiers and then told us to go into the hall for instuctions. We were brought into a room and were sized for uniforms. Were were going to be competing together as the Region one team and would get a leo and sweats to wear to the meet. We were also given Shorts, shoes, a shirt, a backpack, headphones, a sweatshirt and a sunglass case.
Watch out, I’m going to Boise, Idaho! And I did. Along with My dad, Mom, Sister, Grandpa, Nana, Nonni, Papa, Kylie, Jen, Annie, Jeff, My uncle Mike, Sam, and Little Michael. I had a fan club. I’ll talk about that more in my Westerns Post.