Inside the Chalk Box: Lane Jarred
Nov. 12, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – In this week’s Inside the Chalk Box, junior Lane Jarred discusses the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage of the fall in preparation for the upcoming season. Inside the Chalk Box is written weekly by one of the student-athletes on the NC State gymnastics team, discussing the team’s preparation for the season.
By Lane Jarred:
This time of year in our preseason is the most important time before the season begins. We are really pushing ourselves in practice to be as prepared as possible for competition. This is the time of year that the majority of our skills and routines are done in order to build consistency and confidence. Over the past two weeks, we’ve really kicked it up a notch in practice in preparation for our first intrasquad scrimmage this past Friday. An intrasquad is basically a practice meet within our team. We run through the events just as we would at a competition and wear our leos and ribbon to get in the spirit of the season. It gives us a chance to test ourselves and practice our skills under pressure. Since it’s still preseason, the lineups are based on who has successfully completed a routine at this point. We were fortunate to have at least seven people for each event doing routines this early in the season.
Since our first meet is away (at UNC), we followed the rotation order of Bars, Vault, Floor and Beam to mimic an away meet. We started off strong on bars with the first four girls all hitting their routines. It was great to see freshman Courtney Bisbe in the bar lineup with a hit routine at her very first intrasquad. We then moved to the vault where we already have a very strong lineup. Coach [Mark] Stevenson commended the seniors, Hannah Fallanca, Stephanie Ouellette and Diahanna Ham, for doing their best vaults yet. Amanda Fillard also impressed us on vault, making it into the lineup as a freshman. On floor, we were happy to have seven hit floor routines considering we just recently started full routines. A lot of us are still working on new or upgraded passes to raise our difficulty on floor. The beam lineup is also looking strong so far, although we started off with a fall, we were able to bring it back and hit seven routines. Sophomore Aubrey Hine made her first appearance on the beam with a very solid routine.
Overall, it was a good starting point for our team and helped to show us the areas we still need to work on. We are definitely ahead of where we were at this time last year and determined to make this season a great one. Go Pack!!