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.
Level 9 State was held at a pretty cool place in Stockton. All the people who came to watch, watched from above in the stands. I got to the meet ready, started warm up and found out that I was starting on floor and that I was going 1st out of everyone in the meet. Uhhh. When I got to floor I started to tumble and on my second warm up pass I tripped and did some crazy roll onto my neck. Really, is this how my day was going to go? Good thing I tripped then and not during my routine! I did floor and got a 9.275. I thought I did good, I had a wobble but it wasn’t bad. Then to vault, My vault was good (I thought) but my score was low, 9.175 then bars – They were okay 9.35. And then beam. It was my last event and my favorite. I knew my all around score
was okay, I was watching the beam
scores before and knew I just had to stay on the beam and have staight legs. I did it. It was my best beam routine ever!!! 9.65. It was great. It was so close to a 9.7, which is my goal on beam. My
parents and I have a special deal worked out if I get a 9.7 so when I got off the beam I was hoping for one. But I’ll take a 9.65.
When it was time for awards, I knew I already qualified to Regionals. I placed 4th on Bars, and 1st on Beam. Yay, State Beam champion – I’ve never been a state champion before. I didn’t think my all around score was going to place very high but they kept calling names and mine wasn’t called. Finally they Called mine. 2nd All Around with a 37.425 at state! It was actually a tie for 2nd with Julia Endicot. She’sfrom Byers and we have known each other and have been competing with/against each other since level 7.
I was happy and tired! And kinda sad that it was all over. But thanks to my Best friend Kylie, (yes I do have other friends but she is my best friend and has been for the longest) I came home to the coolest suprize. A really big poster on my garage. Welcome Home Regional Champion! KP You Rock. I still have the poster. I rolled it up and its in my closet. After that, the newspaper came and did a report on me. Then it was really cool, Narcisa a parent and president of the Parents club contact the city people and they city of Vacaville, County of Solano had me come to a special meeting and presented my whith a :resolution” for becoming a Regional champion and representing the city. I had to give a speech but it was ok. We have it hanging on a wall in our living room. Right after the presentation we got to tour the city building with our team. At the time our team was much smaller then and it was a school day so there weren’t too many gymnasts there. Then – on another day, the city of Vacaville presented me with another award and recognition from the city on my accomplishment. Thank you again to everyone with the awards…They are all really cool and I will never forget that day.
Going to my first level 8 meet was pretty unique. It was a travel meet to Las Vegas – Lady Luck. Up until that meet I was still trying tom make my vault consistant. So I had no idea what was going to happen at that meet. I got soooo lucky. For some reason it seemed like we had a really long vault warm up… Thank you! I think at the end of the warm up I got my vault down and stuck my first Yurchenko. I think I placed 3rd with it. The rest of my season I was still working out some problems. I remember at one meet I pretty much crashed, safetly and scored a 7.9 or something. By the end of season I was starting to come together. Meet after meet my scores kept rising. Finally to the state meet. It was a pretty good meet. My vault score was a little low, but then I placed 4th on Bars, 3rd on beam, 5th on Floor and 5th AA. My All around was a 37.375 which meant I qualified to Regionals! Whoo Hooo! Regionals were in LA in Anaheim, right by Disneyland. Daizsha, my teammate also made it to Regionals so the both of us went down together. We had to be down there thursday So we could practice that night and then I competed on Friday. We thought we’d get lucky – my mom broke her foot in march so we got her a wheelchair. We thought with the wheelchair we’d get on all the rides really quick in California land and Disneyland. On thursday before practice we went to Califormia land but no luck! Almost all the lines were big enough to push the chair thru so they didn’t give you any special access with a wheel chair 😦 My mom got tired of us pushing her and leaving her places that she decided just to walk, it was not worth it. She had a walking boot, but I remember my dad pushed us around since my mom didn’t want to use it. Friday morning came quick, I started on Floor – Following Pac West (A really Good team) with girls that I was placing right under most of the season. After the first couple of girls went, there was a problem with the score board and our scores didn’t show. I didn’t know what I got but I knew I did pretty good. Then to Vault. I vaulted, it was good and I heard the judge call 9.175 That wasnt bad but it wasnt good either. I didn’t know what everyone was scoring so I didn’t know if it was high or low. Then to bars. I went and got a 9.450 the scoreboard just started working again. The girl from Pac west went and I got the same score. Hmmm, I wonder what else she got? I knew we were tied at bars. I had to have a great beam. 9.575 stuck it, except a little pop on the landing. Her score was a couple of tenths lower. And our meet was over. What did she get on Vault and Floor? Both were her good events? I had good places. 3rd on Vault, 5th on Bars, 3rd on Beam, 3rd on floor… I’ll get 3rd AA maybe? They started calling the names. 5th place, blah blah blah, 4th Blah Blah Blah, 3rd Blah Blah Blah. I knew I had to be 2nd or 1st and it depended on the other girl. She came in first on something and 5th and 3rd? They called second place, It wasn’t my name!!! Then they called 1st place and it was!! I just became an All-Around Regional Champion! Im going to Disneyland! No really I was. We planned on going after the meet. It was great. For so many reasons. It was the best day ever. We Annie, Jeff, Reagan, my mom, dad, Ari and Daizsha and her family) went to celebrate at the Rainforest Cafe and finally made it to Disneyland about 5ish. We stayed till about midnight and my best day ever ended.
When I was 5 I started to compete in gymnastics. (I had been going to gymnastics since I was 2 1/2) I was going to Aerials and they asked me to be on their level 1 team. My mom said yes, so I started going to extra classes and I skipped level 2 and went to level 3. In level 3 I was the youngest and that is when I met my best friend Kylie. We competed in Mini meets together that were held at our gym until we made the level 4 team.
My 1st level 4 Meet was on my birthday when I turned 6! I was just old enough to compete and I won 1st All-Around! I was soooo excited and they made me stand up on the podium by myself and everyone sang happy birthday to me. From that minute on, I knew I was going to love competing! My coach in level 4 was Aimee, but she moved after that season. I remember we traveled to San Jose and Sacramento, and my biggest trip in level 4 was to Santa Cruz. It was the first time we stayed in a hotel as a team. It was fun! That summer, the rest of my team traveled to LA to a meet but I didn’t go because our family just got back from traveling to LA and San Diego for my great-grandparents anniversary. Then most of the team went to Woodward, but you had to be 7 and I was still 6 so I didn’t go. 😦
Then came Level 5. New Coaches: Jen and Susan I was an okay level 5, At zones I was vault and beam champ and came in 2nd AA… I went to level 5 state and came in 5th at state.
Then one of my favorite levels. Level 6. I was 8 and I only went to 1 meet to score out of level 6. The cool thing about it, was I got 1st on all the events and all around!!! And yes, there were other people competing! It was definitely a memorable meet.