Level 9 Westerns

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.

On to Level 9

I know it seems like all Im talking about is gymnastics, that is because I have been going to gym Monday – Friday 5 days a week since I became a level 8. All year long. It is my life, and like a job. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I love my teammates, my coaches, my gym. Im trying to catch up to what is going on now December 2012. This has been a really fun year, lots of good times and some sad times too. I lost a great grandpa – Papa, My nonnie got sick and still is, teammates quit or moved but there have been alot of really good things too.

My school year started with me becoming Student of the month for the district and Student of year at Laurel Creek! I got to help the principal – Mr Stockman with a bunch of Assemblies, received an award for student of the month/year at a school board meeting, I also got to receive the Distingueshed school award for our school. I led the special ceremony for becoming the Distinguished school in front of the whole school. It was alot of fun.

Right after Regionals, I started training level 9. I already had abunch of the skills but still needed to work on some of them.

My first meet of the Season was the Flips in Reno. It was my second meet in my gymnastics life that I didn’t get a medal on anything. It’s too bad too because my sister competed and did really well and the medals were really cute. On floor I fell on my double and got like an 8.5 or something. I hadn’t got a low score like that in along time. Beam was okay, but I missed a connection and I don’t remember what happened on bars. I know on vault I was still doing a yurchenko pike and others were doing a layout. My mom pointed out to me that a girl with a cast/splint who couldn’t even use her arm scored higher. Thanks mom. It was only the first meet and I went back to the gym knowing what I had to work on.

My next meet was much better! I consistantly got better scores but always seemed like I just couldn’t put all my events together. Finally at the Golden State classic I placed 1st on beam, floor and all around. I placed 3rd on vault, still with my pike – just couldn’t get my layout to open without a pike and 5th on bars. It was the last meet before state but State came quick.