Hello, this week we are going to take a look from the sidelines. We had the pleasure of traveling to Shreveport, Louisiana. We also had the pleasure of having are lovely athletic trainer, Leah Pouliot, traveling with us to keep us in tip- top shape, and health! We all greatly appreciate what she does!
The weekend started out bright and early Friday morning when we met at 4:45. We flew out from Boston to Atlanta, where we met Aaron Carter, the childhood pop star! After this we caught our next flight into Louisiana. We arrived early in the afternoon and picked up our three mini vans, and headed to our hotel. After settling in, we changed for a night out on the town! We traveled to a local outdoor boardwalk and shopping mall, where we enjoyed shopping and having a delicious Italian dinner.
Saturday started out bright and early with a trip to the Mardi Gras Museum downtown, where we got a taste of the culture and history of the holiday. We then headed off to a true southern-style lunch. We were able to try hush puppies, along with fried alligator. With a full belly, we headed for the meet.
Brittany Baglow injured herself in warm ups and was required to sit out; not the way we planned on the meet starting off. We were still able to stay strong and focused through the meet. Down one gymnast, the team was forced to count all five scores on each event. Starting off rough on the bars, the team stayed strong, and stepped it up for the next three events. Sophomore Keelin O’Connel had a stand out performance on beam this week scoring a 9.625 placing third on the event. The team finished with a score of 180.125.
As Sunday rolled around, the team was prepared for a fun filled day of alligator hunting! The team was able to feed and interact with all different animals such as alligators, camels, ostrich, and goats. While being a hop, skip, and a jump away from Texas, the team decided to travel there for lunch. We enjoyed some more hush puppies along with fried food… delicious. As the day concluded, we wound down our trip in Louisiana and headed to the airport.
With fried food in our tummies, and British accents in our mouth we arrived safely back in Springfield around 1:00 am. We all had a fantastic time and are so lucky to have this opportunity. Our last home meet and Senior Day will be held this Sunday, March 4 at 1 pm in Blake Arena.
From the sidelines of Freshman Sarah Libuda and Michele Markel