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Freshman Taryn Vanderpool joins the team from Lenexa, Kansas
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Emma Garrett's Redhawk Chalk Talk for Oct. 17 - 22

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Oct. 28, 2010

Oct. 17-22
After returning from a nice couple of days rest from Fall Break, this week was “easy week” in our training cycle. Basically, all this means is no morning conditioning.

Our practices continue to increase in difficulty and the coaches continue to push us.

This week we continued to build on every event. Tuesday was one of our harder practices. The team went on the most difficult run we had ever done at the beginning of practice.

Despite this, the team kept a positive attitude and pushed through and had a successful day in the gym! We started full beam routines this week and the team is looking more confident everyday!

Floor and vault are continuing to look very strong and bars is working on consistency and making every turn count.

Floor routines are continuing to come along. This week, freshmen Samantha Marrero and Taryn Vanderpool got their floor routines choreographed. Overall, the floor routines are looking great! We are going to have some awesome floor choreography this year!

Thursday during practice we had a three-event intrasquad: bars, beam, and floor.

The coaches split us up into two teams, black and red, and we competed for “points.”

On bars we did a full routine, on beam we did an “inner” (a beam routine with no mount and no dismount) and on floor we did a 1-2-3 (1st pass, 2nd pass, 3rd pass back to back) with leaps and jumps.

There were a couple mistakes here and there but as a team we are looking very strong and confident with where we are. We really stepped up and showed the coaches we knew we were ready for what they were telling us to do.

It was great for us because it made our problem areas evident and showed us how prepared we really are!

This week the spotlight is on freshman Taryn Vanderpool! She joins the Redhawks from Lenexa, Kansas.

When asked what her favorite event was, she said she liked them all the same, but it depended on the day for what was her favorite!

When asked about her most embarrassing moment she explained, “It was probably the first day of practice. I ran straight into the vault and it shook the whole gym. Everyone stared and laughed at me!”

Her favorite fruits are pineapple, strawberries and apples.

And her favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream with Reeses.

Taryn is a great asset to our team particularly on vault and bars. She has the potential of being an all arounder in the coming years!

Until next week!




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