Women's Gymnastics
Illini Ink: Women's Gymnastics Online Journal Week 7

Freshman Jaclyn Kantecki
Freshman Jaclyn Kantecki

Oct. 21, 2009

Get behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's seventh edition, freshman Jaclyn Kantecki talks about transitioning to college life and the team's volunteer efforts for breast cancer awareness.


Hey Illini Fans!

I'm so excited to be writing my first Illini Ink journal! I followed them weekly all last year, and it's so great to finally be on the other side. My first two months here at Illinois have been absolutely amazing so far!

Having all of the girls on the team made the transition to college so much easier. From the moment I got here, we were an instant family. Our fellow dormers, Hannah and Kelsey, have been so helpful in showing us, the five clueless freshmen, around both in and out of the gym.

It has been great working with Bob, Kim, and Amy. About a month into official practices, things are certainly on a roll. Everyone has been working really hard and seeing the results. After coming off our fall break this past weekend, we are more ready than ever to start cranking out those skill sets and getting into routine shape. Our first intra-squad meet will be here before we know it!

Illini gymnastics has also been involved with a few events for breast cancer awareness. As Kelsey mentioned last week, our team volunteered to be ball girls at the volleyball's "Dig Pink" game on Wednesday. Similar to our pink meet, the game was a chance to recognize those who have battled breast cancer as well as raise awareness. Also, the girls who were still on campus over fall break volunteered in a breast cancer walk. Both events were great opportunities to support the cause.

Well, I think that's about all for now. Stay tuned for more from Illini Gymnastics! Thanks for reading and GO ILLINI!