Illini Ink - Week 2

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Get the inside scoop and peek into the lives of the Illinois Women's Gymnastics team with Illini Ink - the weekly journal that takes you behind the scenes. In this year's second edition, junior Sarah Fiedler discusses the annual women's gymnastics tailgate along with what the team has been practicing in the gym. 

Hello Illini gym fans!!!

First off, I am still stuffed from all the delicious foods that people made for the annual tailgate this past weekend.  Even though it was an unfortunate loss against Penn State, it was still a gorgeous day to be outside!  A lot of families and alumni were able to come for the weekend; it was really great to see everyone.  We have such a large Illini family!  We always take a big group picture and it is truly amazing to see how many people come back for the tailgate and are still die hard Illini fans!  A couple of the girls whipped out the orange and blue bibs (including yours truly) to support our fighting Illini.  It was quite the switch from the season when all the dads wear them.  Heather and Giana's (both freshmen) dads, being the "newbies" to the team, are definitely prepared for season as they sported their new overalls at the tailgate as well! Some of the parents organized a bags tournament; I ended up playing against my own dad and he won...I'll never hear the end of it.  Little does he know, I let him win. ;)

In the gym, we're beginning to put parts of routines together.  Season will be here before we know it!  In fact, pictures are next week, so we are all excited about that! I'm pretty sure that the gymnastics team is the only sports team here at Illinois that gets "dolled up" for pictures; we definitely make a day out of it! 

I guess I should bring up school since that is one of our main priorities here and so you don't think we just hang around and do gymnastics all the time. (wouldn't that be the life!?) A lot of us just finished our first round of big exams and projects, thank goodness those are over with, it's a relief!  Irwin (our academic center) was definitely the happening place this past week.

Well, that's it for now Illini fans, be sure to stay tuned and check out the next Illini Ink!

Thanks for reading! (and giving me pity laughs for my attempted jokes)



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