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Kimmie Pickerl hails from Naperville, Illinois
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Emma Garrett's Redhawk Chalk Talk for Oct. 31 - Nov. 6

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Nov. 8, 2010

Oct. 31 - Nov. 6
Our weeks are continuing to fly by! This week was the 2nd week of our four-week cycle, so were still in the building process.

Floor routines are almost complete. There are only a few left to still be choreographed! We are continuing to move tumbling onto the hard floor and we’re looking great! We’re right where we need to be, if not ahead on floor.

Beam is continuing to progress and we are looking very solid. Group assignments were the theme of the week on beam. Every day we started with a group assignment and how we did on that assignment determined the rest of the beam practice. We had a beam intrasquad on Friday and our top six hit 6-6! The coaches were very pleased.

Vault is also coming along very well. Our mats are about to be competition height and our vaults are looking super studly! This week we focused on getting more competition vaults in to help with consistency and confidence.

Bars is a huge focus for our team right now. We’re working on fixing the small mistakes, like handstands, pointed toes, legs together and landings that are going to are going to take us to the next level.

We had yet another busy Saturday. We started off the day with a 5k with St. Andrew Lutheran Church called Room For One More, to raise awareness for foster children.

This was the first 5k for a lot of us and we had a lot of fun! There was the option to run or walk the 5k, or do a 10k. Freshman Taryn Vanderpool ran the 10k and got 1st in her age group.

For the 5k, senior Jack Heath was the first female to finish the race in all age groups, junior Christa Soekamto placed 3rd in her age group, sophomore Taylor Westrick received 2nd place honors for her age group and freshman Kimmie Pickerl placed 3rd in her age group.

The rest of the team walked and finished in a little less than an hour. Although, it was only 30 degrees outside, we had a blast together!

After the 5k, we worked the SEMO/Southwest Baptist football game and SEMO came out with their 9th victory in a row!

It was a great day for everyone!

This week, the spotlight is on freshman Kimmie Pickerl. She comes to us from Naperville, Illinois and has been doing gymnastics since the age of three.

Her favorite event is beam and when asked why she said, “Because I love the feeling of hitting a skill!”

Kimmie’s favorite celebrity is Taylor Lautner, and if she could be any Disney character she’d want to be Buzz Lightyear.

Her reason for coming to SEMO was a gymnastics scholarship and our great academics.

When asked what her personal goals for the season were she said, “One of my personal goals is to perform well under pressure; I want to make lineup and contribute to the team!”

Until next time,




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