Wildcat Gymnastics Hosts Intrasquad Scrimmage
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the upcoming 2016 gymnastics season, the Kentucky Wildcats gymnastics program hosted an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday afternoon, with the “Vampire Team” defeating the “Ninja Team,” in a Halloween-themed meet.
Both sides were ready to get into the scrimmage, running through a full meet simulation for the first time this season. While the competition was intense, both sides were supportive and excited throughout.
“It was super exciting to get back in the in-season mode where you only have one shot to get it right,” said senior Tiara Phipps. “It was a great way to get under pressure and see how our new freshmen react.”
“Getting to bond as a team and perform under pressure again was a great experience,” senior Montana Whittle remarked. “Both sides did well for it being so early in the season.”
While both sides were pleased with the first scrimmage, both also admitted there was still work to be done.
“We have to continue to improve on performing under pressure,” Phipps said. “We’ve had plenty of time practicing, but we can still improve on working under pressure and making cleaner finishes. We know getting extra reps under pressure is going to help us gain confidence.”
“At this point it’s really about cleaning up the little things,” Whittle added. “We’re making minor mistakes, things we need to fix up before we get the season under way. This week we’ve been running full routines for the first time, so we’re trying to put all the pieces together now. More pressure sets are going to benefit us in the long run.”
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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