Kentucky Holds First Intersquad Scrimmage

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the upcoming 2017 season, the Kentucky gymnastics program hosted an intersquad scrimmage on Monday afternoon. The squad competed in a simulated full meet for the first time this season.

The team proved themselves ready to compete, and while they went head-to-head against each other, they were supportive and excited during the meet.

“We had a positive feeling in the gym today,” head coach Tim Garrison said. “They were up and together, and the athletes that were competing performed at a high level. The athletes that were off the floor were cheering at a high level and that is important in our sport. That level of energy tells us about the togetherness of the squad.”

Sophomore Katie Stuart felt the energy at the practice facility today.

“The energy was very good in the gym today,” Stuart remarked. “We have a really good team atmosphere going right now and I think it will only get stronger as the preseason continues.”

While both teams were happy with the result of the first scrimmage, work remains to be done for the upcoming campaign.

“It’s a step in preparation and it was a good step,” Garrison said. “We’ve gone through several different phases of training, from individual skills to trying to put some things together to half routines and full routines. We’ve got the groundwork laid and now we have to fine tune things where the mistakes aren’t macro mistakes but micro mistakes. Once we get there we will be in the right spot.”

Sophomore Alex Hyland used today to get better and prepare for the upcoming season.

“We need to work on having more consistency,” Hyland added. “When you compete you only have one chance. We need to have more repetition to try and be as perfect as possible. I think we did really well as a whole today. We put up a lot of routines on every event and it’s still really early in the season.”

The Wildcats will kick off 2017 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Saturday, Dec. 10 at a time yet to be announced. The regular season will begin on Friday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. when the Wildcats travel to Eastern Michigan. Kentucky’s first home meet will take place on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. when the Wildcats welcome SEC foe Auburn for Excite Night.

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