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Balancing Act: Road trip to Bowling Green, Ohio

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Updated last Saturday, January 23, 2016

After a whole semester of pre-season training and three weeks of practice we finally reached the week of our first road trip. We compete Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio. Because it takes a few days for our bodies to adjust to a different time zone, we boarded a plane from Anchorage to Seattle Tuesday night. From there we took a connection flight to Detroit, where we rented cars to drive to our final destination. On Thursday and Friday we were allowed to train in the competition facilities where we compete, which greatly helped us to adjust to the equipment.

On Monday and Tuesday we focused on performing our competition routines under pressure. Everyone was watching when we were performing our routines and if the coaches weren’t satisfied with our performance as a team, we repeated our assignment. We also focused on building up endurance and strength before we had to travel on Wednesday. Because of the time change and the many hours of sitting in the airplane, the practice on Thursday was kind of slow for everyone. Once confident with the new equipment we stepped it up and performed our skills and routines as expected. On Friday we went into the gym for only about two hours to rest our bodies for the meet on Saturday. We focused on individual skills and presentation.

We have been waiting and practicing for this meet and the rest of the season since August. Now we are ready to show what we know we can do! We don’t have to peak on the very first meet, but we will show what our team can accomplish.

Balancing Act is a weekly column written by senior gymnast Simone Penker on life as a Seawolf.

The Bowling Green Falcons gymnastics team defeated the Seawolves 194.075-191.500 Saturday. Penker finished with an all around score of 37.075 with her best event being the floor routine.

Written by Nolin Ainsworth