Just like the revamped SoonerSports.com, Inside Glimpse, which chronicles the happenings of the Oklahoma women's gymnastics program through the eyes of assistant coaches Nilson Savage and Jenny Rowland, is back with a new look. The Inside Glimpse, which has been a regular feature on OU's athletics website for the last year, focuses on news and issues that the sporting public does not usually have access to.
Norman, Okla. - We have been spoiled by great weather around Norman in November. We know the weather eventually will get colder but our women's gymnastics team is getting hotter and hotter. With the season just five weeks away, we are gearing up for our first official intra-squad meet on Dec. 5 to be held at the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center. Our team has improved tremendously over the last two months. Last season we didn't have anyone competing on the all around and this year we have six girls doing all four events. That gives our team a tremendous amount of depth across the board. That was something we definitely wished we had last season.
Our coaching staff feels that this team is already has the potential to be better than last year's team, but is yet to prove itself. But they will have plenty of chances during the season with a very tough schedule. The team captains have done a great job keeping everyone motivated throughout this intense preseason. Kasie Tamayo has matured throughout her three years here as a Sooner. She is very efficient in the gym, much improved in the classroom and a big impact in the community of Norman. Leah Mueller has also helped lead the team to where we are today, contributing in many ways throughout the OU campus and the community.
Our first meet in Cancun is definitely getting this team excited for the season ahead. Our schedule this year is the toughest we have ever had. By the end of the second week of January we will have faced four teams that were ranked in the top 12 from last year's rankings. So far we are very fortunate to have everybody healthy and ready to go and are anxious to get things started.
This past weekend we spent some quality time together as a team outside the gym. We went to McCloud, Okla., for a fun filled day of paintball at the N5 Paintball Fields. Our team split up into two squads, colored and gray. We then started our combat inside the spool field where the gray team dominated the colored team winning 2-0. We then moved our battle station out to the woods and prepared for the ultimate battle of capturing the flag. The gray team once again rose to the occasion, eliminating all of the colored teams players capturing a 2-0 victory. Everyone had a great time and left the field with only some minor bruising (some more than others). The girls had a great time and impressed the N5 staff with their competitiveness and toughness while out on the course. It was a nice break from the normal routine inside the gym for all of us. This team has a great chemistry and that should prove to be a positive factor for our team this season.
The girls and coaching staff are looking forward to spending some time with their families and friends over this Thanksgiving break. It is a nice break and a time to be thankful for what we have been blessed with in our lives! That is all for this time around, look for the December Glimpse featuring news on our intra-squad update and results. Stay tuned to www.soonersports.com for further updates on OU women’s gymnastics.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the University of Oklahoma Women's Gymnastics team and staff!!