Women's Gymnastics
Illini Ink: Women's Gymnastics Online Journal Week 1

Sophomore Lashlee Morris
Sophomore Lashlee Morris

Sept. 18, 2008

Get behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's first edition, sophomore Lashlee Morris talks about Fall Fun Fest, the incoming freshmen, and the beginning of practice.


Hello Illini Fans!

I cannot explain how exciting it is to be back on campus and getting into the swing of things again. I know all the girls enjoyed their summer but were ready to return to school. The first week of school the team went to Fall Fun Fest. There were tons of activities, including a few interesting races, a pie eating contest, and a dunking booth. I'm sure some of you have seen pictures in our photo gallery. It was a great time for the freshmen to meet other athletes and for the rest of the team to catch up with friends they didn't get to see over the summer. And I can't forget the highlight for the whole team, dunking Bob!

The freshmen seem to be adjusting to college life very well. All three of them have such cute personalities and make me laugh every day. Being a sophomore is so much fun, I love helping the freshmen out with everything I went through my freshman year. All the sophomores are living in the dorms again this year and I know it's beneficial for the freshman to have us so close. And yet another plus, I get to room with Al and we're right across the hall from Sam and Mel.

We start official practice tomorrow, meaning the coaches are allowed to have structured work outs planned for everyone. I can't wait! The start of preseason is a reminder of all the goals we want to accomplish as a team this year. Although it's only been a couple weeks the team is meshing really well. Just as in my freshman year, the new freshmen came in and it felt like the same family with great new additions.

This weekend we're having a progressive dinner as a team activity. Everyone is really excited to see the two new houses, Marijka's and Mazza's. It should be a lot of fun and a great way to grow even closer as a team.

Thanks for reading! Until next time, GO ILLINI!