Meet the Wildcats: Sydney Waltz
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, UKathletics.com presents “Meet the Wildcats,” an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the 2016 Kentucky Gymnastics team. Today’s Meet the Wildcats features sophomore Sydney Waltz.
Waltz comes off a historic season with the Wildcats. Last season, she qualified for the NCAA Championships in the all-around, the 12th UK gymnast to earn a bid to nationals. Waltz was named to the All-SEC Team and became the first Wildcat in program history, along with teammate Cori Rechenmacher, to be named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. She competed in all 12 meets as a freshman on vault, competed 11 times on bars, nine times on beam and four times on floor and in the all-around. The freshman won six event titles, highlighted by a 9.900 on floor at the SEC Championships’ first session and competed at the NCAA Championships after a 39.125 in the all-around at the NCAA Regionals.
Here’s a bit more on Sydney Waltz:
Birthplace: Bowling Green, Ohio
Parents: Marion and Brenda Waltz
Siblings: Ty (17)
Twitter Handle: @smw1814
Instagram Handle: @sydneywaltzz
Major: Integrated Strategic Communication
Nickname(s): Squid, Syd
Get to Know Taylor in Competition
The best part of being a UK student-athlete is… Representing BBN doing what I love
What I like most about Coach Garrison and the staff is…. Their sense of humor
I chose Kentucky because … It’s the best school on this side of the Pacific
I’m most looking forward to our meet with….. Georgia
I started competing in gymnastics when I was…. 5
Taylor Outside of Competition
My favorite food is …. Chicken Alfredo
My favorite musical artist … Lana Del Rey
Favorite athlete outside of gymnastics … Eric Decker
Growing up, my celebrity crush was … Jesse McCartney
Something not a lot of people know about me is … I enjoy reading
My dream job is to be…. Wedding Planner
If I had a derby horse, I would name it… Racing Stripes
My pre-meet superstition… I spend 3 hours trying to braid my hair
My favorite TV show … Law and Order SVU
The Wildcats kick off the 2016 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Sun., Dec. 13 at a time still to be determined. The scrimmage will serve as a preview to the 2016 season, with the season opener Excite Night set for Fri., Jan. 8 against Ball State at 7 p.m. All home meets will be held in Memorial Coliseum.
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