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Inside the Locker Room: By Allyse Ishino
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/24/2011

Jan. 24, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - "The first rule of focus is this: Wherever you are, be there." This adage could not hold more truth. SWG embodied this quote better than anyone could have imagined this past week. With an incredible debut at the Pac-10 Showcase and our first home meet now in our repertoire of competitions, we showed that we live in the present and enjoy taking every step of our journey toward an NCAA championship one second at a time. We are ready to show the nation what our team is really about.

Returning home from Los Angeles two weeks ago, we were determined to improve on all of the small details in our gymnastics. Our key word for the week was "focus," so we created scenarios that would test our mental toughness while trying to make these small corrections. We definitely rose up to every challenge that compromised our focus. Our teammates heckled us and played obnoxious music during our beam routines, squirted streams of water at us while we practiced our bar routines, stood an ominous two centimeters away from the vault runway as we ran towards the vault, stood in deadly silence while we performed specific routines, and changed the lineups as we were in the middle of an intrasquad on an event. These distractions were endless, yet allowed us to realize that we could handle anything at anytime. We were focused. And we transferred this beautifully to our first home meet in Burnham Pavilion.

With all of our friends and family in Burnham for the first time this season, we were fired up to showcase everything we'd been working on the past two weeks. Dan Dan started off the competition against UCLA with a huge vault, followed by solid vaults by Dayton, Amo, Shelley Jo, and Brownie. We moved on to the uneven bars with Shelley Jo setting up the entire lineup with a gorgeous hit routine. Everyone followed suit with Peach ending the rotation with her beautiful lines and unparalleled swing. Dayton performed an exhibition routine that was extremely dynamic.

As we progressed to beam, a fire grew in us to attack. We wanted to take hold of this meet and knew we could build up our confidence even more. This is exactly what we did. Brownie set the tone with an excellent routine, followed by Dan Dan's aggressiveness, Kristina's beauty, Amo's confidence, and Shelley Jo's near flawlessness. Shona debuted her exquisite beam routine with incredible artistry and skill. Finally, the floor rotation commenced. Again, Dan Dan started off the rotation with her awesome dance and tumbling, followed by Dayton's debut floor routine, Peach's exceptional moves, Shelley Jo's super fun routine, and Amo's unprecedented power. It was an excellent competition. We focused in, had an amazing time, and got the job done. We're excited to continue this trend throughout the rest of season! Hope everyone enjoyed watching. : ) Visit again next week for an update on our competition against Utah!

-- Weedge

 


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