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Emma Garrett's Redhawk Chalk Talk for Nov. 14 - 20

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Nov. 21, 2010

Nov. 14 - 20
This week was our fourth and final week in our third cycle of training, known as "easy week." With that being said, this doesn't mean that our practices are necessarily easier; it just means we don't have morning workouts.

But, practices this week were a little lighter than usual because we had an intrasquad on Friday. We were still challenged by our assignments.

On floor, all our passes were moved to the hard floor and full floor routines on hard landing began.

On vault, the hard landing mats were put in and we're officially at competition level!

Beam and bars are still working on consistency and being confident in our skills. With all the pressure assignments on beam for the past couple weeks, the beam workers are looking so much more confident!

Bars are continuing to get cleaner and they are looking better than ever! Everything is finally coming together!

Our November intrasquad was Friday. It was an intrasquad that was open to the public so it wa snice to have people to perform in front of. This was a nice change for us and allowed us to be put in a real meet situation.

We put our top 8 up on each event and overall we did very well! We hit 7/8 on vault, 7/8 on bars, 5/8 on beam and 5/7 on floor.

The coaches were very pleased with how far we had come since the last intrasquad and they reassured us all the mistakes that were made can be easily fixed! In their eyes the team is right where we need to be for this time of year!

We finished off the week strong and it was a great end to our third cycle. Look for video footage from the intrasquad on our YouTube site in the coming weeks!

Also this week, the team also took part in a canned food drive that became a competition between all the sports teams! As a team we collected and turned in 228 cans! This was a great outreach and the team did a great job coming together and buying these to help people in need during this time of year!

This week the spotlight is on Sophomore Margaret O'Neal. Margaret comes to us from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and her favorite event is bars.

She's a great team player, someone whose always cheering during practice.

Her most embarrassing moment was last season when she rolled her ankle stepping off a curb after one of our first meets; I think the whole team could say they remember that night!

Her reason for coming to Sotheast was that she loved the team and felt that it was just where she was meant to be.

When asked what her personal goal for this year, her response was "to be the best I can be in all aspects of my life!"

Margaret has played a major role in our bar lineup since she came onto the team, and looks to contribute on every event this year!

Our fourth and final cycle begins next week. It's also a short week for us with practice only on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break!




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