Dec. 8, 2004
Hello SWG fans...I thought it was high time I brought you up to speed on all of the exciting things happening on the Farm! Major highlights:
The renovation was finally complete by October 23rd just in time for Homecoming and our Alumni Open House. We added a tumble track, an in ground trampoline, a set of bars over an open foam pit and a new resi pit for bars. We also added new carpet and paint, SWG signage on the walls and a wall of fame recognizing our All Americans and outstanding alumni! A special thank you to Chris and Larissa for working tirelessly on this project to make the gym absolutely beautiful and a wonderful place to train. In just two short months, the girls have already benefited from these upgrades. Natalie is adding a double layout full out off of bars and Stacy has learned a double layout dismount.
The 2005 Team - Juniors
Natalie looks better than I have ever seen her. Coming off an unbelievable sophomore campaign she returned to campus ready to lead a very young team. Jessica our other team captain and outstanding leader had a rough first day back as she rolled both of her ankles the on the tumble track doing a punch front. She is healing slowly but will hopefully be back by the end of January to see some action on bars and will contribute on vault and floor by March. Glyn Sweets also came back on a mission. She is stronger than ever and still remains one of the most beautiful gymnasts in the NCAA.
Brittany and Stacy also look great. Brittany is a natural leader and her positive attitude is contagious. She is the energy and enthusiasm that drives our team. Brittany is still recovering from shoulder surgery but will hopefully be in the lineup on beam and floor later in the season. Stacy had a productive summer and returned stronger than ever. She is looking to add a double layout dismount to her bar routine and has a new floor routine. We are looking for her to make her mark on three events for us this season.
SWG 2005---it is a whole new look. There is something special that six new freshmen bring...a pulse, an excitement and an uncertainty of what lies ahead. I am enjoying getting to know the new athletes and understanding what makes them tick. They have adjusted well and are learning about the program and getting comfortable with their new surroundings.
Here are some things that come to mind as I think about each of the freshmen...
Lauren - a solid all around athlete. She is a ferociously aggressive, competitor especially on beam. She has a dynamic new floor routine and as the student-athletes that came before her, she is cursing me now but I know she will be smiling in April.
Stephanie - wow is she stunning! Steph is one of the most artistic athletes I have ever worked with. She has incredible flexibility and ranges of motion. She will be a strong contributor on every event this year.
Alex - another fiery competitor with great execution and showmanship. Alex is hard working and brings a positive attitude with her everyday. She is an awesome performer and should be a crowd favorite.
Aimee - a beautiful all around athlete with exquisite lines. She is a solid beam and floor performer and should see a lot of action this season.
Liz - spectacular everywhere. I don't know if I have ever seen such a combination of explosive power and extreme ranges of motion in one body. She has it all and is inspiring to coach. Even the men's team stops to take notes when she is vaulting, training multiple releases on bars and tumbling sky high.
Tabitha - ahead of schedule and healing surprisingly fast. She is looking amazing. No one gets straighter than Tab in a handstand and no one captivates an audience like she does. We are hoping to get her in the lineup late February or March.
We hosted a special Halloween "Meet the Team" event, Tricks and Treats and our annual "Sips and Swings" fundraiser this fall. Tricks and Treats was a huge outreach event attracting over 200 adorable, costumed fans. Everyone had a great time and the team loved meeting their youngest fans. Thanks Mandy and Marla for working so hard on this event...it really paid off!
"Sips and Swings" 2004 is our major fundraising event of the season. This year we tried something new...we ventured out of our home in Burnham Pavilion and brought the event to a restaurant. Zibibbo, (one of Palo Alto's finest restaurants) sponsored the event and what a gorgeous venue. The food and wine were spectacular and of course the seminars by Michael Green were incredibly entertaining. Thank you Michael for making this event so special. A special thank you goes out to Caroline and her mother Kris for their help with the auction displays. Everyone worked hard on getting fantastic auction items donated and we were able to raise $18,000 for our program making "Sips and Swings" 2004 the most successful SWG fundraising event of all time!
What a busy and wonderful preseason we have had so far! I hope you will mark you calendars for our 4 home meets. We have an incredible schedule and a phenomenal team so don't miss out on the action! Happy Holidays and GO CARD!