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    Illini Ink: Women's Gymnastics Online Journal Week 24
    Junior Julie Crall

    Junior Julie Crall

    April 11, 2008

    Get behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this week's edition, junior Julie Crall talks about preparation for the NCAA regional this weekend and the opportunity to earn a spot at the NCAA Championship.

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    Hi Illini Fans!

    After a very exciting trip to Big Ten's in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our team has spent this past week and a half back in our home ground of Illinois. This past weekend was our first weekend off of competition since the beginning of January! It sure felt strange to be out of Huff Hall or other venues nationwide, but the time has served as a great opportunity to continue practicing in the gym to perfect our routines.

    Last Monday, our team found out that we will be traveling to the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla, for our NCAA regional competition. After a great finish at Big Ten's, we were all anxious to see where we would be placed to compete as well as which other teams we would be matched with. Across the country, six regional meets take place, each with six teams competing for the chance to qualify for NCAA nationals. The top two teams from each regional advance to NCAA's, and this year, we truly believe that we have a great shot!

    When we travel to Oklahoma this weekend, we will be competing against Alabama, Oklahoma, Boise State, Arizona State and Southeast Missouri State. With our talented team and a great performance last weekend in Michigan, our team has the motivation and confidence to compete with the heart to hopefully earn a spot to NCAA's.

    Qualifying to NCAA's has been our number one goal since August when our 2008 gymnastics team united for the first time. This goal has stood as the foundation for the way we practice inside the gym, conduct ourselves outside the gym, and compete each weekend. Now, the time has finally come to prove ourselves, and each and every one of us girls could not be more ready. Well, I hope that you all tune in to see how it all plays out this weekend as we head to Norman. Thanks for reading!

    GO ILLINI!

    - Julie

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