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Sophomore Taylor Westrick is a native of Waterford, Wisconsin
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Emma Garrett's Redhawk Chalk Talk for Dec. 5 - 11

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Dec. 13, 2010

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Dec. 5 - 11
We have officially completed week three, known as hard week! It was a tough week in the gym for everyone, but I feel like we got a lot accomplished as a team! As far as the events, not much changed this week. The coaches continued to push us to fix the little mistakes on every event and to strive for excellence in every turn we took!

It has gotten to the point that routines are only counting if they are competition quality.

This week on beam, the squad did group assignments to focus on hitting under pressure knowing their performance determines the beam assignment for everyone.

On bars, endurance was stressed and full routines were broken down.

On vault, we continued to work on drills and focused on base vaults while transferring the drills into our competition vault. This mindset is working very well for the vaulters!

Floor is still looking better than ever! The focus during floor routines this week was expression. The coaches are really pushing for the team to smile and work on showing off their floor routines instead of just going through the motions.

This is just one of the aspects that is going to take us to the next level.

On Fridays at the beginning of practice, we do what’s called “Fun Friday.” This week, Fun Friday consisted of teammates being drawn to do each other’s floor routines. \

The dancing we saw could have put anyone in a good mood and gave everyone a great laugh! Freshman Kimmie Pickerl was chosen to do Junior Emily Mann’s floor routine. Junior Emily Mann did Freshman Taryn Vanderpool’s. Sophomore Angela Serafini did Sophomore Margaret O’Neal’s. Sophomore Sarah Brillhart was chosen to do Junior Christa Soekamto. And, O’Neal did Senior Christina Sundgren’s.

They were all hilariously overdone, but I have to say Margaret got the award for the funniest overdone imitation!

After this, Senior Brianna Gaddie was chosen to complete a “pressure set” on beam. This consists of a beam routine in front of the whole team, sometimes with really loud music, sometimes with no music and no cheering allowed.

Needless to say, Gaddie rocked the beam routine!

To finish Friday’s practice off, we did our sprint workout in the pool. It was a hard workout, but was a great strong way to finish off the week!

Saturday we participated in the event “Feed My Starving Children” hosted by Cape LaCroix Church. The team participated in an assembly line that put together meals for starving children in over 60 different countries.

We all had a lot of fun and ended up having a competition to see who could fill up the most boxes among ourselves! In less than 2 hours, with 365 volunteers we were able to put together meals that would feed 239 children every day for an entire year!

This was very exciting and humbling to know how blessed we are and that just a little bit of time can help so many others in need.

This week, the spotlight is on Sophomore Taylor Westrick. She comes to us from Waterford, Wisconsin.

Taylor’s favorite fruits are: apples, strawberries, and pomegranate.

Her favorite event is beam and she hopes to compete in all around this season.

When asked what her most embarrassing moment was she responded, “Last year at one of our home meets when I was supposed to be first up on floor and I got a nose bleed, so they had to wait for me.”

When she graduates, Taylor hopes to be a health educator and a coach on the side.

Westrick’s goal for this year is to continue to grow both in and out of the gym and to help the team reach our goals.

Taylor is a smiling face in the gym and keeps everyone laughing!

Next week is the final week of the semester. Our Pre-season Challenge is December 16th at 6 p.m. in Parker Gym. Hope to see everyone there! Until next time.




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