Tumble Talk: Elizabethe Manzi

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Hey Terps Fans!

Coming off of an awesome season high score at the EAGL competition in New Hampshire, the GymTerps were headed back to College Park to prepare for our next destination: NCAA Regionals! We were so excited to have earned a spot to compete in this meet, especially because we overcame so much and fought so hard to get there. The team, coaches, and supporting staff all met on Monday, March 24 to watch the selection show together in Comcast to see our destination and opponents. Here we come Penn State!

We had two solid weeks of practices, lifts, as well as a practice meet to ensure we kept our momentum going. The Terps worked hard to improve form, hit handstands, and stick landings. The in-gym meet went well, and was a great simulation of the timing and atmosphere we would have at Regionals.

The GymTerps traveled to Penn State by bus this past Thursday, after a send-off from many people who have supported us on our journey all season. Thank you so much everyone! The next day, we had a practice at the meet site to get a feel for the equipment. After this, we were ready and excited to take on the meet!

The competition started strong on beam, with six hit routines and many stuck dismounts. Moving to floor, we aimed to keep the momentum going. We fought hard through floor, and maybe it didn’t go as planned, but the Terps definitely took that as fuel for the next event: vault. We were so excited to have six, sky-high, clean vaults with many stuck landings. Vault was on fire! We took this energy to bars, where we finished the meet off strong. I am so proud of the way this team fought through this night, as well as this season. Nothing has come easy, and there have been numerous setbacks, but it did not deter our excitement, spirit, and love for this sport and each other.

Now, with our 2014 season coming to a close, we are remembering all the amazing moments from this year and training hard for what’s next. I know big things are in store for next year, so stay tuned Terp Nation! Thank you for all your support this season. It has certainly been an incredible journey!

Thanks for reading!

Z Manzi