The ASU gymnasts are looking to bounce back from their two loses this weekend against No. 16 Arizona on Friday night and No. 1 Utah on Sunday. The team has been preparing for this weekend all season with very intense practices on Sundays after their Friday night meets to build their endurance. Beate Jones even joked around saying, “The meet might be easier than our practices because at practice you have to do your routines and then throw five more passes after that.” Despite scoring a 194 on Sunday against Utah, ASU carries on with high hopes for this Sunday’s meet against Illinois.
While working with this team I have noticed several key components that I believe have helped them with their success at the start of the season. You cannot deny that this team not only has heart but sheer determination and will power to push themselves to be the best. Practices are non-stop and involve routines after routines, often to fix the little things that cause deductions. The team chemistry is another area that seems to flourish this season for ASU gymnastics. The upperclassmen really look out for the younger girls. They are in tune with the rookie’s feelings of competing for the first time and work to be role models in the locker room.
Senior Amanda Davies who has been out since Arizona has been very involved with team in a different way.
“As long as I know that I am helping me team in another way I am fine, I’ll be a leader any way I can,” said Davies. “I know a lot of girls, especially on floor, like me in their corner so I am there to give them that little extra push. I try to put all my energy in that since I’m not competing right now.”
Amanda is hoping to be healthy enough to compete in both vault and floor against Illinois this Sunday.
After the Utah meet Senior Kahoku Palafox explained that this year the team has really been able to move on from the meets they struggled with.
“We have to leave the losses behind us, this year we are doing well at just moving on,” said Palafox. “Even though we weren’t able to completely pick ourselves up today, we didn’t bomb everything, we had good routines after bars and good routines after one of the girls fell.”
Another gymnast able to pick themselves up was sophomore Samantha Seaman, who bounced back on floor against Utah after she hit her chin on her bar routine. The girl’s resilience again shows that this team is ready to march forward in the season. With another home meet on Sunday against Illinois, the Gym Devils will once again look to come together as a team and solidify a victory to move up in the rankings.