2010 Tribe Women's Gymnastics Blog
Entry 25 - Jan. 24
It is hard to believe that season has already begun! I cannot believe that my Junior year season is underway. Last Sunday we opened up our 2011 campaign at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational at George Washington University. I had truly missed the competitive atmosphere and the feeling that comes along with it. Nothing can prepare you for or compare to the excitement, the lights, the crowd, and the fun that comes along with competing collegiate gymnastics. I was so proud of the performances everyone put on at our very first meet; we made an excellent showing, finishing fifth of the seven teams and posting our highest team score ever at the Invite! We also posted the highest team score on Floor out of all seven teams…way to go Floor!
It was also so exciting to see five of my friends/teammates compete for their first time at the collegiate level. I loved watching the debuts of Molly, Jess, Katie, Allie, and Lacy at this meet and I am so proud of them! Our team had a blast at the competition as well as on our bus ride home. It was also so awesome to receive the support of our alumni in the stands at the meet.
With the weekend following our first meet at GW off, we worked hard in the gym this week continuing to perfect our routines. We are all so excited for our first home meet this coming weekend against UNC and for the rest of the season! Come see us this Sunday at Kaplan Area at 2pm. GO TRIBE!!
Entry 24 - Jan. 7
The Tribe is back in Williamsburg and back to practice. After
spending a nice break home we were all excited to see each other and
get back into the swing of things. Season is right around the corner
and we are in full gear preparing for our first competition next
weekend. We will compete at George Washington University in DC
against six other teams on Sunday the 16th. The Tribe has been
working very hard this past semester and we cannot wait to see all of
our hard work come together at this first competition.
Entry 23 - Dec. 20
Fall semester has come to an end, which means season is almost here! Final exams finished up by Wednesday and everyone is now home for the holidays. Since Green and Gold, the team has been working hard getting ready for our first competition on January 17th at George Washington University. We have continued to train at our home gyms during the break and will all return to school on the 2nd to get geared up for meet season.
While enjoying a break from school and strict practice schedules, many of the girls will be traveling with their families for the holidays. Karla is headed up to New Jersey today, Molly will be visiting her grandparents in upstate New York for Christmas, Kristin is making a trip to Las Vegas on the 26th, and I will be going to visit my cousins in Morgantown, WVA for a second Christmas on the 27th. Wishing you all safe travels during the holiday season!
Fundraiser T-shirts were ordered this week. They will be yellow and green shirts with a white “WM Tribe Gymnastics” print and $10 each. Sweatshirts will be dark green Nike with Tribe logo and $50-55 each. Stay posted for more info!
Entry 22 - Dec. 13
It’s been a long first week of finals and the Tribe is ready to head home! A few girls have already hit the road while some of us still have finals until Wednesday. Since our Green and Gold Intrasquad, we have all been getting into the gym for study breaks and doing cardio on our own time. We’re down to almost a month before our first meet so we’re all pumped to keep training!
This past weekend we volunteered at the Dave Brown club meet, hosted by our boys’ team. It was our way of giving back to our boys’ team who always supports us! After the meet we celebrated together at our annual Christmas party where we all brought gifts for a gift exchange. Alumni Stephanie Bevan, Josh Fried, and Derek Gygax even came down to celebrate the occasion! It was a fun time together before we all head home for the holidays!
Entry 21 - Dec. 3
Thursday night the Tribe girls competed in our Green and Gold Intrasquad meet. The gold team defeated the green team, yet, overall there were a lot of great performances. Seniors Teenie and Karla tied for the highest scores on vault; Teenie, Molly, and Larson came in first on bars; Teenie placed first on beam; and Cream finished first on floor. The green team made an impressive six for six beam line-up, counting no falls! Jess, Katie, Larson, Lacy, Lindsey, and Jenny competed in their first Green and Gold meet and it was really exciting to watch them compete! There is still room for improvement but it looks as though this is going to be a great season for the tribe.
Now it's time for us to buckle down and start studying for finals. Even with our busy final schedules coming up, we will still be working hard in the gym before we head home for our short winter break. Everyone, including assistant coach, Tim (all the way to California!) will be heading home for the holidays and we will be back in the Burg January 2nd ready to start our intense training for our first meet of the season at George Washington University on January 16th, 2011!!!
Entry 20 - Nov. 22
Hey all you Tribe fans! This past week has been a great week for Tribe gymnastics. We are continuing to get better with every practice and all the girls are working very hard! We’ve been doing pressure sets on beam, and bars, and training hard on vault and floor. Routines are looking a lot more polished this week as we prepare for Green and Gold on December 2nd. The leadership council has now finalized the teams for Green and Gold Intrasquad, and we are all very excited to show our routines to the judges when we get back from Thanksgiving break!
Not only did we work hard inside the gym, but we also worked hard outside in our community. This Monday we finished our SPCA food and supply drive for the local animal shelter. All members of the team participated in donating dog and cat food and supplies. Also on Sunday, we finished off our week by volunteering for a couple of hours at the Foodbank’s Mayflower Marathon. It was nice to all come together as a team and be a part of something great by unloading cars and taking donations so that those less fortunate can enjoy a hot holiday meal. We concluded our week with a team dinner at head coach Mary Lewis‘ house, where we all enjoyed a nice home-cooked meal. As we get ready to head home, we would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!
Entry 19 - Nov. 16
It’s that time of the year again! Tribe Gymnastics is gearing up for the season as we are putting together full routines on every event. Tim created a line up on bars as the girls performed their routines. They all looked so good, especially being so early in the season. Floor work outs are including more full routines, and less endurance routines … which some of us actually look forward to now! Mary also had all of us doing pressure sets on beam, which is helping us get prepared for the season.
This past weekend was very exciting as the men’s soccer won the CAA Championship. All of our team went out together to support the boys. It was a lot of fun as our whole team was there cheering them on to their big victory against Hofstra 4-0!
As it gets closer to the end of the semester we are all getting busy with tests & papers, but our team is working hard in the gym, knowing Green & Gold is just around the corner. As it’s our last full week in the gym, we will all be focused on getting our routines down. Only one more week until Thanksgiving break, and I know we are all looking forward to it! GO TRIBE!
Entry 18 - Nov. 9
The Tribe Gymnastics team is looking strong, and everybody is working hard. We are now within the four week mark from our Green & Gold intra-squad meet. After lots of endurance work on floor, we are now starting full routines. Also those of us who have double backs as the second or third pass in our routine are working towards doing them by ourselves. On bars we now have full sets as part of our assignments! On beam the assignments are much more team oriented. For example we have timed warm ups and full routines that do not count unless several people make them consecutively. This adds a bit of pressure and makes us work together. Vaults are looking more consistent, so soon we’re going to start landing on harder mats.
This past weekend the team volunteered at the Colonial Classic, a meet at the WISC. There were two sessions, and members of the team were at both. We showed up in our matching Tribe Gymnastics shirts and helped out by timing warm ups and flashing scores. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and we all agreed that it was fun to watch the younger girls compete. They were so cute, and we could tell many of them really love gymnastics.
Entry 17 - Nov. 4
The week of Halloween was a special one for the Tribe Gymnastics Team. We had Tribe pride theme day on Thursday and Friday’s theme was black and orange for Halloween. After a short, but productive practice on Friday our different classes got together in costume. My freshman class was the spice girls and put on a performance. Our sophomore class dressed as the fruit of the loom. Our junior, Kristin Milardo, was the lone ranger. Last but not least, the seniors made a comical appearance as senior citizens.
The team is continually progressing toward our Green & Gold intra-squad meet, which is just a month away. Vault is really looking good, Melissa Cream has been twisting yurchenko tuck full’s and I saw some great front-front pikes from Lacy Cummings. On bars we are doing three-quarter routines now! But two of our seniors Melissa Cream and Taryn Saunders have been leading the way making their full sets! Beam had great team building assignments with partner routines. On floor we are continuing strong with skill sets. Our routines on each event are really coming together. Go Tribe!!
Entry 16 - Oct. 28
This past week was another fun filled and exciting one for the Tribe Gymnastics Team! Because of Homecoming, it was theme leo week in the gym; these themes included neon, animal print, twin day, and Tribe pride! Everyone has been making great progress in the gym, as we are all continuing to work hard and be positive! On beam, we started daily assignments and are continuing with our full sets. We have been working towards upgrades on floor and have started more intense/difficult workouts. Bars are continuing to improve and upgrade with the help of fun games. The vaulters have started moving their vaults onto higher landings and continue to improve with the help of new drills. Kristin was able to start working bars again after her surgery and Allie was able to start working out again after a minor injury! Also, Molly was able to vault for the first time in 10 months!
This past weekend was Homecoming, so many of the Tribe Gymnastics alumni came down to visit! It was really nice seeing old friends and meeting new ones! All the gymnasts, alumni, and coaches went to to the annual tailgate at The Hall together. We then made our way over to the exciting football game against Delaware! After a fun, yet tiring week, we are all ready to continue working hard in the gym during Halloween Week! GO TRIBE!
Entry 15 - Oct. 20
Last week may have been shortened because of fall break, but it was most certainly packed with excitement in the gym! Everyone had an extremely successful week of training, as we started full routines on beam and more difficult skill sets on floor. Bars was a very strong aspect in the gym this past week, as Coach Tim made the assignments fun with games and group challenges. Cream showed that the Tribe bar girls are ready for the season when she was the first one to hit a full bar routine last week! Jenny, Lacy, and Larson made great progress with their front handspring front vaults, and seniors Teenie, Karla, and Dina have all been impressive in the gym with their twisting vault work. Kristin’s surgery went well, and we know she is very excited to be able to start bars again this week in the gym!
The Tribe Gymnastics team had a fun time outside of the gym last week too! Not only did we enjoy team dinners together on both Thursday and Friday night, but we also bonded as a team when we painted our team locker room. We may not be professional painters, but I think we did a pretty awesome job! We were joined by two recruits over the weekend as well, and many of the underclassmen enjoyed taking them around campus. The upperclassmen traveled to D.C. over the weekend and had a great time together in the city! Now this week, it’s back to the gym for more hard work and theme leo days as we look forward to Homecoming next weekend! Let’s go Tribe!
Entry 14 - Oct. 10
It has been another exciting week for the Tribe! Everybody went hard and gave it their all these last few days before Fall Break. It seems as though we are becoming more and more successful everyday in perfecting our skills and getting our routines together. It also seems as though everybody is getting even more enthusiastic everyday, which is great to see! The freshmen, Lacy, Katie, Larson, Allie, and Jess, are well adjusted now and are definitely proving to everybody that they are here for a reason. The sophomores, Lindsey, Molly, Jen, and myself, are still struggling with some minor setbacks, but things are looking positive for us! Especially for Jen, who is coming back very strong. Our junior, Kristin, has also had a minor setback, but she is such an amazing gymnast that we are confident she will be back in no time. Our seniors, Teenie, Karla, Cream, Dina, and Taryn, have really stepped up their gymnastics and leadership. All of them have been outstanding role models for the team, inside and outside of the gym.
Many of us went home for Fall Break to visit family and friends, while others are relaxing in Williamsburg. Everybody is enjoying a few days off ... Well most of us at least. On Thursday, Kristin had surgery on her shins due to a case of compartment syndrome. Luckily the surgery is not too major and she does not need to be on crutches. She is doing well and we are all excited to see her bounce back from this impediment even stronger. Overall, Tribe Gymnastics is having an excellent pre-season and cannot wait until we get to show everybody how hard we have been working! TRIBE PRIDE!
Entry 13 - Oct. 6
This past week was an exciting one for Tribe Gymnastics. On Thursday, we celebrated Cream’s 21st birthday, enjoying a delicious meal from Plaza Azteca. Friday marked the start of Parent’s Weekend, and everyone enjoyed seeing familiar faces again! Saturday, the team worked the 50-50 raffle before the home football game against Villanova. After the game, the team and their families gathered for a cookout at Teenie and Kristin’s house! I had the opportunity to visit my brother at the Air Force Academy in Colorado this weekend so I was unable to attend. But, in the end, it was a fun weekend for everyone, and I wish I could have been there to meet all the families. Now that our families are gone, it’s back to reality! One more week filled with numerous tests for most of us and then we can relax during fall break! Good luck to Kristin who is having surgery on Thursday! We will all be thinking about you!
In the gym, Tribe gymnastics is continuing to get better perfecting old skills and learning new ones. Cream’s double front dismount off bars and Taryn’s Yeagar are coming along nicely. On beam we started doing skill sets and partner skill sets. That’s one step closer to routines! Vaults are looking better as Tim decided to give extra attention to vault last week. Everyone is looking good in the gym and preparing for a great season. Go Tribe!
Entry 12 - Sept. 28
We have been continually progressing in the gym since we began training together in August, but this past week we have all stepped it up. The freshmen have really adjusted well, and we are seeing just how amazing they all are. I love hearing this new group of voices and feeling their enthusiasm during practice. My sophomore class is coming back strong from our previous injuries, and we all cannot wait to show what the class of 2013 is made of! Kristin has been working hard especially on bars, and it is really paying off. The seniors continue to impress us as they are still learning new skills and perfecting older ones. Watching this team come together more and more each day is making me so excited for this upcoming season!
Even with all this hard work in the gym and studying for midterms, we have had many exciting activities. Lacy celebrated her 19th birthday last Wednesday and several alumni visited over the weekend. This week is also going to be the start of a very exciting October! Cream turns 21 tomorrow and we get to see our families this weekend. I am looking forward to meeting and seeing all our wonderful Tribe Gymnastics parents at our barbecue after the football game!
Entry 12 - Sept. 20
We can officially say we completed our first full week of official practice. The week was full of themed leotard days that included days like '80s day, USA day, and of course Tribe Pride Friday! On Thursday we all met at Lake Matoaka for team pictures, I think the pictures are going to turn out great. Make sure to keep an eye out for those in the next couple of weeks! The week ended today with our annual Ropes Course. Luckily this year there were no problems getting stuck in the trees, and I think I can speak for the team when saying it was a blast and a great way to learn just a little bit more about each other!
Entry 11 - Sept. 13
Tribe Gymnastics has begun official practice! We are all excited to be on the road to competition season even though we have many months ahead. As we venture into focusing more on gymnastics we continue our conditioning, lifting, and cardio regiment. The team has been getting along so well and we are building a real bond in and outside of the gym. This past Sunday the team along with a few other Tribe teams volunteered at the Patriots Triathlon. We all had fun cheering on the athletes and helping the community. We are all looking forward to this weekend when we will go to a ropes course for team bonding!
Entry 10 - Sept. 7
Wow! What a busy week! I am so glad to be back in Williamsburg and reunited with all of my teammates and even more excited about getting to know our new freshmen! We have now been in classes for over a full week and have begun our morning cardio, lifting, and conditioning. I am so impressed with how great everyone looks in the gym and how much energy we have had through it all. In the short time we have been back together in the gym I have seen some phenomenal gymnastics and an amazing sense of team already! It is such an exciting time of the year! We all enjoyed a fun weekend and a relaxing day off of gymnastics on Labor Day and spent the day doing team bonding activities. We caught some rays at the pool, shared a great meal together, and set goals for our upcoming 2010-2011 season. We all have a busy week ahead of us and are all looking forward to the first home football game this weekend as well as our first day of official practice on Thursday! Go Tribe!
Entry 9 - Aug. 25
By now, everyone is back to school and ready to start the fall semester. The upperclassmen enjoyed a relaxing and fun-filled weekend reuniting with each other and welcoming the freshmen to campus. As the freshmen entered the dorms and launched their college experience, many of the returning girls settled into their new apartments and houses. Even with busy orientation schedules, some of the freshmen and their families were able to join us for lunch at the Cheese Shop and meet our new coach, Tim. He is awesome! Starting Monday we were all in the gym training together and it was apparent everyone had worked hard this summer. Next week we begin conditioning and cardio as we get excited for the new season to start.
Entry 8 - Aug. 15
The last full week of summer vacation before classes start has finally arrived!! The freshmen move into their dorms and start orientation on Friday! WOO! Most of us are traveling back to Williamsburg this week and we’re all really excited to be together again.
We’re all enjoying the last bit of summer. Freshman Katie Durst went to Long Island, where she visited family, went to a few concerts, and hiked the Shenandoah Mountains. Her fellow classmate, Lacy Cummings, just got back from a fun-filled vacation at Riviera Maya, Mexico!
Taryn went to San Diego where she visited her brother and spent time surfing and touring LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Dina is vacationing on Lake Winnipesaukee this week and spent last week at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. My roommate, Melissa, traveled down to Atlanta with her family to move her sister into a new apartment, and I went to Virginia Tech to move my little brother into his college apartment. Seems like just yesterday we were moving into our first apartment together! I can’t believe we’re seniors! It’s bittersweet, but I can’t wait to be reunited with everyone and welcome our freshmen!
Entry 7 - Aug. 9
As the summer is winding down, every Tribe gymnast is continuing to enjoy their summer at home but everyone is also very excited to be heading back to Williamsburg in about two weeks! Everyone is working hard in the gym to stay in shape and the freshmen and sophomores are also busy shopping for supplies for their dorms and new apartments.
Freshman Jess Pritchard was in Michigan this weekend for her annual family reunion, while Karla just got back from a relaxing vacation in Bermuda about a week ago. She also turned 21 on Thursday. Happy Belated 21st Birthday to Karla!! Kristin Milardo is recovering from tonsil surgery and is heading to Vegas this week! As for me, I just got back from a weekend in Atlantic city with my family. My mom was in a sprint Triathlon so we were there to support her, and we also enjoyed a Black Eyed Peas concert and relaxed on the beach! I can't wait to be back at school with everyone soon!
Entry 6 - July 30
It’s Official! Tribe Gymnastics has hired a new assistant coach. Tim Rivera will be joining the Tribe in the fall. We are all so excited to meet and welcome the new addition to our team!
As the summer continues, Tribe gymnasts are enjoying the nice weather while still finding time to hit the gym on weekdays. A few girls went on beach trips this past weekend, while others visited family, went to baseball games, or enjoyed playing tennis.
Having just found out their room assignments, the freshmen are all excited to be moving into school in less than a month. They have been training hard in the gym to upgrade their skills from last season and work on new conditioning that will help them transition onto the team in the fall.
As for the upperclassmen, we have all been in the gym maintaining our skills and staying in shape for next season. Cream has spent this week focusing on beam and working to improve her form on her flight series. Taryn has been working hard to upgrade her dismount on bars for the upcoming season. Morgan has just got home from working Woodward Gymnastics camp and continues to come back from previous injuries.
We all want to wish Allie Marko a happy 18th birthday this week!!
** Alumni ** Please send in old team pictures you may have, as we are trying to start a Tribe Gymnastics alumni photo album. Thank you!
Entry 5 - July 22
There is exactly one month left of summer before we are all at school. Many of us are excited to get back to Williamsburg and be together again as a team. The freshmen have received their dorm assignments and we upperclassman can’t wait to help them learn the ropes of The College.
All of us have been in the gym maintaining our skills and staying in shape. Kristin is also training a full in on floor and learning a jaeger on bars. Molly has been working hard in physical therapy and building her strength back since her knee surgery. She is on track to be a big contributor for the team next season. Lacey, Kristin, and myself are all working on getting new floor music and choreography.
I am excited for this weekend as I am seeing my cousin’s baby for the first time. Many of the girls are also taking advantage of the summer to visit family. The search for a new assistant coach continues to go well and we are all eager to see who will be the newest addition to our team.
Entry 4 - July 13
Halfway through summer and everyone’s ready for a vacation. Karla and Allie are down in Myrtle Beach this week, Jessica and Katie have just returned from visiting Cedar Point in Ohio with their respective families, and Lindsey Nichol spent the last two weeks with her dad and brother visiting friends in Hawaii! Meanwhile, Stephanie Bevan and I have completed our road trip from Boston down to Williamsburg where we met up with some local teammates and alumni. It was quite an entertaining trip and we enjoyed seeing you all!
The girls have stayed active in the gym around the holiday and vacationing. Morgan is finishing up her last two weeks coaching at Woodward and is excited to train all-around again since her shoulder is healed and she started swinging bars this week. Allie and Cream have been focusing on vault lately, and Allie is increasing her skill level by learning a Yurchenko in addition to her Front handspring front.
We are currently in the process of finding a new assistant coach, and I am excited to meet the final candidates in Williamsburg this upcoming week. Lindsey, Jenny, and I will have the opportunity to show them around campus and tell them a little about what it’s like here at The College.
Entry 3 - July 5
Hey all, I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend! Many of the Tribe gymnasts took a break from their busy schedules to enjoy a fun-filled holiday. First session of summer school wrapped up its last week on Friday, and Kristin, Taryn, Teenie, and I are all excited to enjoy the rest of our summers vacationing and at our respective homes!
A bunch of the girls headed up to Boston to spend the holiday weekend with teammates and alumni. Jenny went to visit a friend, and fellow Tribe athlete, from her freshman hall up in Northern Virginia, and Teenie traveled back to Jacksonville to spend the 4th with her family.
I came home to Maryland to celebrate my parents’ vow renewal, celebrating 25 wonderful years of marriage, and an eventful July 4th with a bunch of my extended family. It was a great time!
All of the girls continue to get into the gym to keep up with skills, and those who were injured are working hard to get their skills back. Many of us are taking advantage of cross fit programs and cycling classes to keep up with our cardio and conditioning, while we still enjoy some summer fun!
Entry 2 - June 28
As for this week in Tribe gymnastics, the girls in Williamsburg are finishing up their last week of summer school and most likely acing all of their finals! Senior Karla Bercaw has her final acting presentations, which she will definitely be successful in. Dina McNaughton is working on rudys on floor, while Taryn Saunders is working an exciting new full twisting bar dismount. Sophomore Jenny Ware is just getting back from a fun-filled vacation in South Carolina and is getting back in the gym and starting to vault again. Jenny has a powerful vault, and I am so excited to see her compete this year! Furthermore, freshman Jess Pritchard is working hard in the gym even with the busy task of packing all of her stuff into boxes as she and her family prepare to move from Pittsburgh to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Larson Lasek, also a freshman, is working out at her gym and making some money coaching at her gym as well. She just came back from a relaxing trip with her friends to Myrtle Beach and also just celebrated her 18th birthday! Happy Birthday, Larson! As the fourth of July approaches, some of the Tribe gymnasts, including myself, are getting ready to head to Boston for the weekend to celebrate the holiday and visit Dina and some of our alumni! It will be great to reunite with each other and spend the weekend together.
Entry 1 - June 21
Summer is off and going for Tribe gymnastics. Most of our incoming freshmen have just had prom and graduation, so we are all finally in the summer mode. There are a few upperclassmen still in Williamsburg taking summer courses and training. As for the rest of us, we are all at home off in different parts of the country.
Here’s a look into what some of us have been up to this week. Melissa Cream is working a new double front bar dismount, and I’ve been working on handspring layout step out flight series on beam. Molly Walsh is working on Tkatchevs on bars, while Karla Bercaw has been working hard to connect her switch leap to immediate gainer full dismount off beam.
Our up and coming sophomores are all working back from their injuries from the previous season, which is very exciting. Morgan Stevens has been in Pennsylvania coaching and training at Woodward Gymnastics Camp. Cream has been enjoying playing tennis and softball, and we are all working our various summer jobs as well: house cleaning, bar tending, waitressing, and gymnastics coaching. So far the summer has been going well and we are all working hard to have a great season next year. This week was also Molly Walsh's 19th birthday. Happy Birthday, Molly!
2010 Tribe Women's Gymnastics Blog