Feb. 14, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Numbers are significant this season: 2011 - the year of our prime.
1 Is for our 1 experienced 5th year, Weedge. One is also where we'll be at the end of the year.
2 Is for our 2 incredible seniors.
3 Is for our 3 amazing sophomores.
4 Is for my 4 beautiful juniors.
5 Is for our 5 fun freshmen.
This weekend put us to the test with two competitions in three days, cold weather, and four plane rides. SWG rose up and competed how we always do - with trust, toughness, ownership of our work, resilience, confidence, and heart. Now we can draw upon this weekend's experience as we continue to prepare for NCAA Nationals in April.
On Friday, we competed at Navy Pier in Chicago against Pac 10 rivals UCLA and Oregon State. Though the meet wasn't our best showing, we reached the goals of building upon the last meet, rising up to the challenge of a different kind of arena, and hitting all of our routines. Highlights came from Amo's huge routine on floor, our solid vault showing, 3 big swings in the back of the bars lineup (including Peach's new release move, the Pechancova), and Shelley's great beam routine with a beautiful hand-lay-lay series and stuck dismount to close off the meet. It was great having the entire 2009 SWG class and nearly all of the 2008 alumni in the stands cheering us on!
Saturday, we had the morning to explore the city with family, teammates, and friends. We went shopping, sightseeing, and a few of us experienced Chicago-style pizza and explored Hershey's chocolate factory. In the afternoon, we spent time at Dani's house eating food from family recipes and playing DDR - a dancing video game. Let's just say some of us were less experienced at the game than others ... (ahem Brownie ahem). A highlight was when Dani and her younger brother were in a competitive dance competition, but Dan Dan pulled through for the win and represented SWG well!
On Sunday, we competed in Ann Arbor vs, Nebraska and Michigan. We had some minor mistakes on our first event, beam, but then built from floor to vault and ended with a solid bar lineup for a 49.3. We won the meet, but our goal going in wasn't to focus on places and scores but rather on improving each meet, which we did. We hit more handstands, had more sticks, and had clean landings on floor.
We returned to campus tired but content with our work. Now we're ready to take on the next week of practice and midterms and then head on the road to Arizona this weekend. We're definitely happy it's going to be warm there!
In retrospect, this weekend solidified something in our heads and our hearts: We're a gamer team. We know how to compete. In the week leading up to the 2-competition weekend, we worked on taking what we do in meets and applying it to our practices - transferring our quick, efficient, confident, just-be-SWG attitude on the competition floor to our practices in the Ford Center. This is a goal that will continue through the rest of the 9 weeks of the season as we prepare to consistently hit 24 for 24 (PAC 10 Preview) routines in competition...I mean 48 for 48 (UCLA)... I mean 71/72 (Utah), 95/96 (San Jose State), 119/120 (Chicago), and now 141 for 144 routines. That number doesn't even include the stuck exhibition routines that we can count on, too. Yep, even the numbers show it - we are No. 2 in the country, we have an undefeated 13-0 record, and most importantly, we have 15 girls fully committed to the number 1 goal: to win NCAA National Championships. As the long-standing theme of the year goes - we're slowly making the climb to the boiling point of 212 degrees, and we're even going the extra degree, because that's what it'll take to be the best team in the country on the last day of the year.
Until next week!
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day, SWG fans! We love you and your support of the program.