Seaman Ends Career as Pack's First All-American
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior gymnast Taylor Seaman ended her NC State career with the highest honor in the Wolfpack’s 30-year history, becoming the first gymnast to earn All-America honors last weekend at the NCAA Championships.
Seaman, competing at the NCAA Championships as an individual for the second straight year, came home with a 9.875 on bars and was named a second-team All-American.
During her career with the Wolfpack, Seaman helped the Pack win the EAGL conference championship in both 2007 and 2009. Individually, Seaman won one NCAA Regional event title, four EAGL individual titles, and was named to the All-EAGL first and second teams a combined 14 times.
After returning from the NCAA Championships, Seaman sat down for a Q&A with GoPack.com.
GoPack.com: How was the experience of going to the NCAA Championships and competing in the all-around for you?
Seaman: I think this experience was overall just a better time than my previous trip to nationals. Just for the simple fact that this was my last year, and I knew this would be my last time traveling and competing at a gymnastics meet. I was just taking a lot of time and letting it all soak in, and enjoying the experience as a whole.
GoPack.com: You started the evening on floor, how was that routine?
Seaman: I thought it was one of my best routines I did all year, my coaches and I were really happy with my performance. I got a lot of compliments, even from other coaches and teams about my floor routine. I ended up with a 9.85, and that held up for awhile as one of the top scores. I ended up finishing 13th on floor.
GoPack.com: Next you went to vault, normally the event you start most meets on.
Seaman: My vault and beam weren’t up to my expectations from the rest of my season, but floor and then bars, which I think was probably my best routine I have ever done, helped make for a successful weekend. Everyday in practice I always try to work on the little things and get everything perfect, and it finally paid off.
GoPack.com: Unfortunately you had a fall on beam to end the meet.
Seaman: I fell on my flight series, which was my back-handspring, back-layout. I think it was just lots of emotions going on inside of me. I was trying to stay calm and tried to remember what I had to do to finish the meet, it was hard knowing it was my last routine. I might of let my head get in the way.
GoPack.com: What was your feeling after scoring the 9.875 on bars?
Seaman: On bars I was really pleased with my score. After I finished, they flashed my score and I knew it was one of the highest ones and at the time. I didn’t see anything higher than 9.9, I just didn’t know how many 9.9s they gave out. I knew there was a chance that I could make one of the All-America teams.
GoPack.com: What was the feeling when the meet ended and you found out you were the first gymnast in school history to earn All-America honors?
Seaman: I just had a lot of mixed emotions after the meet. I was really pleased with my performance on floor and bars, but sad I fell on beam and just a little disappointed because I was pretty consistent on that all year. At the very end of the meet, my coach came up to me and told me he thought I made second-team All-America on bars, and I was so caught off guard. It was icing on the cake for me for all my hard work over the last four years.
GoPack.com: Overall, how has your experience been at NC State over the last four years?
Seaman: I would have to say each year has been completely different. I think my freshman and sophomore years I really didn’t have that much of expectations for myself. Of course I wanted to do well early, but I don’t think I understood the significance of winning a conference title or advancing to the NCAAs and what kind of pressure that puts on you. As you get older, you realize you are getting down to the wire and this is your last shot. I think this year we had the most talented team since I’ve been here, and that was exciting as a senior to know that we had a chance to go out and get high scores each time out. I would never take a second of any of my experiences back.
GoPack.com: What are your plans now that your gymnastics career is over?
Seaman: I have one more year left of school here at NC State, because I decided to double major in elementary education and sport management. The reason I’m staying is so I can student teach. But once I get that degree, I’m not 100 percent sure what I want to do. One minute I want to teach, and the next I think about coaching gymnastics. With the two degrees, there is just a very wide range of possibilities. I really don’t see myself getting too far away from either of those fields.