Dec. 18, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. --- NC State gymnastics hosted their second intrasquad meet of the year in conjunction with the team’s annual day camp for local gymnasts Saturday in Reynolds Coliseum.
“Overall, they did a really nice job,” said NC State head coach Mark Stevenson. “We only counted one fall, so I was really pleased with it. I saw a lot of improvement, a lot better form, a lot better look as far as their presentation.”
The meet marks the first time that the team has had an opportunity to compete in Reynolds Coliseum, the site of all their home meets in the 2011 season. The change of scenery did not affect the team as far as Stevenson was concerned.
“It was great being able to come to the arena because it gives us a real feel for what we’re going to do this year,” said Stevenson. “Of the freshmen that were in the main lineup, I don’t think we had a miss. I thought they did a great job.”
The Wolfpack’s day consisted of putting on a day camp in the morning, competing from 1:00 to 3:30, and then having an additional camp in the afternoon, which meant an eager crowd to catch of glimpse of the 2011 squad.
“I was impressed that there were roughly 200 people here today for an intrasquad,” said Stevenson. “I was pretty happy with the turn out we had.”
Campers enjoyed instruction from the Wolfpack gymnasts and coaching staff in NC State's practice facility, took part in making Christmas cards for troops overseas, and received autographed posters from the team.
The holiday break begins for the team tomorrow, followed by a short time to prepare for the season-opener on January 14 and the Beauty and the Beast exhibition January 7.
“I think the most important thing is that, being off seven days, we need to make sure that when we come back we’re in good shape,” said Stevenson. “It’s really easy to go home and lay down for seven days, and come back having to start over. That wouldn’t be a good thing.”
Though scores from today’s meet will not be released, Stevenson mentioned both junior Jess Panza and senior Brittany Vontz as outstanding performers on the day.