2004 Inside Glimpse No. 5

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 11, 2004

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. 5
Nov. 11, 2004

NORMAN, Okla.--
 WOW!  We are 60 days away from our first competition this season.  This team has worked hard up to this point and the results are becoming evident in the gym.  To see a group of 16 girls with competitive routines on all four events is a relief to any coaching staff.  It is obvious that the depth this year will play a major role in our success.  This is a crucial time of the season, going from skill and half's to putting routines together. 

We have our first intrasquad scheduled for this Friday.   Last week our coaching staff and athletes were fortunate enough to attend four different schools in our community and talk about being “Drug Free.”  We spoke to over 2,000 kids during their Red Ribbon week and received their undivided attention while entertaining them and giving some of our testimonies. 

Jennifer Rowland
Women's Gymnastics Asst. Coach
University of Oklahoma

New Faces Feature No. 3: Jessica Kinder
The freshman feature for this week is Jessica Kinder from Kansas City, Missouri.  Here is what Jessica had to say about her first three months at the University of Oklahoma. 

Coming to the University of Oklahoma was an unexpected invitation for me.  It was exciting for me to discover this place full of new faces and new expectations.  A place where the sky is the limit and the only thing that can hold me back is myself.  My name is Jessica Kinder and I am from Kansas City, Missouri. 

Being here for only a couple of months, I have already had a number of memorable experiences.  I have to say the first one is the football games.  In no way did I think the football stadium would be sold out every game.  I have never seen so many people get so wound up for a football game, but after living here I have to say that we are pretty good! 

Another experience that stands out to me is learning to do my own laundry.  I will never forget going to the laundry room, dumping out all of my clothes and just looking at them, puzzled not knowing what to do.  I had no idea what color to put with what or what setting everything should be on and how much detergent to put in.  It took a few times, but I am getting the hang of it now.  In fact, I think I have only ruined two shirts. 

The gym has been a new experience for me as well.  There are sixteen teammates to cheer me on, as opposed to one or two that I am use to.  It is awesome to have that much support in the gym.  It makes the rough days a little easier and the good days even better.  I am definitely looking forward to what the future holds for me, but until then I am just enjoying every minute of my college experience.”

Jessica Kinder
Women's Gymnastics
University of Oklahoma

New Faces Features
No. 1: Stephanie LoPiccolo
No. 2: Caitlin Hinkis

2004-05 Inside Glimpses
No. 1: 9/23/04
No. 2: 10/1/04
No. 3: 10/6/04
No. 4: 10/27/04



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