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.
Inside Glimpse No. 6
Nov. 24, 2004
NORMAN, Okla.-- We can’t believe the holiday season is here. Not to mention the competition season is right around the corner. The girls are excited for the holiday and a well deserved break is needed after a great first half of the pre-season.
Our first intrasquad was on Nov. 12 and resulted in what the staff already new. We are way ahead of where we have ever been at this point in the season, yet we know there is a lot more to come from this group of girls! Numerous 10.0 vaults, several "E" dismounts off bars (all with at least one major release), triple series on top as well as triple flight dismounts off beam, and to top it off "E" mounts and many "D" dismounts on floor. Our top all-arounder was junior Kristen Cox who breezed right through and hit four solid routines (about a 9.85 average). It was nice to see everyone competing in the all-around. We had several stand outs, one of which was sophomore Brittney Koncak who is coming off an ACL surgery in the 2004 season. Posting a 9.8-plus on each event was encouraging and a sign of what is yet to come from her this competitive year. Our freshman did a fantastic job as well, proving that they are determined to make the lineup not only on one or two events but possibly in the all-around.
We will be having our Red and White intrasquad following our Thanksgiving break and expect to see more of a reality of what our season holds for us. We would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Nilson Savage and Jennifer Rowland
Women's Gymnastics Asst. Coaches
University of Oklahoma
Our freshman feature this week is Jenny Baker from Norman, Okla. Here is what her experience has been like at OU thus far.
Wow, growing up in a town where football is everything, it was hard to imagine becoming a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma. My name is Jenny Baker and I am from Norman.
As a kid living in a town that favors college students was an experience in itself. The choices I have made have affected my life tremendously. I choose to pursue my dream of becoming the best gymnast I can be. The door finally opened when I decided to attend OU and participate in intercollegiate athletics. As a little girl watching Steve Nunno coach Shannon Miller to perfection was amazing.
Here at the University, apart of the women’s gymnastics team is a whole new experience. Having one of the best coaching staffs in the country intrigued me to make it this the best years of my life. At OU, my teammates are my family. I have never been a part of something that means so much to me. I have been expressing my emotions towards my teammates that I have just met. I feel as though I have known them all of my life.
As an athlete, you not only have to strive for excellence in your sport but also in the classroom. Gymnastics is extremely important to me but school is always my first priority. Having to adjust to college life has made me change for the better. I have grown and matured as a young adult. I plan to pursue a career and become a physical therapist with the same dedication and determination that I have as a gymnast. I am looking forward to becoming the best gymnast I can be here at the University of Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma