Excite Nite 2001
As in past years, Excite Nite was a rousing success as the 2001 edition entertained 5,500 enthusiastic University of Kentucky gymnastics fans at Memorial Coliseum.
With Master of Ceremonies Dick Gabriel, head coach Leah Little and Carl Nathe, the voice of the GymKats, leading the way, the crowd was introduced to this season's squad with much hoopla and fanfare. Riding the "Jungle Gym" theme, the Kats opened the festivities with a dance number complete with safari hats and jungle attire.
The GymKats split into two squads headed up by senior Beth Coleman and junior Katie Toups for an intra-squad scrimmage with each side of the Coliseum cheering for one squad. The competition was fierce as Coleman's white squad, down after the first two rotations, made a strong comeback in the final two to overtake Toups' blue squad, 117.700-117.100.
The UK pom squad and 10-time national champion cheerleaders also were on hand and performed to the delight of the fans. The cheerleading squad even gave the fans a sneak peek at the routine it will perform at the upcoming national championships. To top things off, the Anderson All-Stars, from Anderson, Ind., provided the crowd with their dance moves, while fan-favorite Percy Price contributed an impersonation of Sisqo.
What the night gave the fans was fun, prizes and a chance to meet the GymKats, who signed autographs for 30 minutes afterward.