Illini Ink: Women's Gym Online Journal Week 3

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See-Tshirt_0237.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's third edition, sophomore Amber See provides an update on all things Illini sports, talks about the start of official practice and gives a sneak peek to the new banner made by the team for Kenney Gym.

Hello Illini fans!

Welcome back to the third week of Illini Ink! Thanks for following our journey to the 2011-2012 season, which is bound to be a great one with fourteen talented individuals representing the Illini this year.

What an exciting weekend to be an Illini! Last weekend was filled with many victories!  On Friday night, our team cheered on the volleyball team as they played Cincinnati, winning the first three sets to sweep! The excitement continued under the lights at Memorial Stadium as the team watched Illini football take on Arizona State University. The game was close and it was incredible to watch the boys use their teamwork on the field. Their hard work paid off defeating the No. 22 Sun Devils 17-14. After the game, freshman, Sunny, joked, "Those devils aren't so scary anymore!" (hehe) The No. 3 volleyball team also took another win against Louisville on Saturday night as well! If that wasn't exciting enough, Illinois soccer represented well in Iowa this weekend, tying the Hawkeyes after being down by two! If you can't tell, I am somewhat of a sports junkie, especially Illini sports!

Anyways, back to the gym....practice has "Officially" started! Our first official practice was last Sunday. It was good to finally get assignments from the coaches and hear what was really on their minds for the pre-season game plan. The team was happy with the assignments, which involved a lot of basics, and of course Jay started off with a mini game for warm-up on bars! Our team loves that Jay always keeps the bar assignments interesting- whether they involve singing or putting on layers of leotards...he has done it all!

The spirits in the gym are high and we are getting stronger than ever! As Macy mentioned two weeks ago, we have some new faces around Kenney Gym! Our team consists of five new freshmen, who add to the team chemistry wonderfully. They are adjusting well and working hard to accomplish their goals! We are also enjoying getting to know, Rodney, the new floor and vault coach. He brings a positive presence to the gym and he never hesitates to make the girls giggle with his goofy impressions or dance moves :).

We are all looking forward to a great week in the gym and classroom, as exams start to pick up! Make sure you read next week because knowing our team, there is always something interesting happening that you won't want to miss!

Thanks for reading and GO ILLINI!!!

P.S I forgot to mention that we made our new banner this year! Check it out!


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