COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Gymnastics team is over halfway through their 2014 season, and have shown consistency and improvement from week one. Currently, the Tigers are riding a three-meet winning streak, and will look to get back to .500 (4-4) with a win this Friday, Feb. 21 against George Washington. Missouri and the Colonials square off at the Hearnes Center Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.
In this edition of "Missouri Q and A" freshman Anna Bowers, freshman Lark Pokladnik and sophomore Miranda Eubank share their early thoughts and observations from the 2014 season up to this point.
Missouri Gymnastics: What are your general thoughts on the 2014 gymnastics season so far here in Columbia?
Lark Pokladnik: This season has been full of many successes so far. We have put up great line-ups and produced great event scores. Now we are just needing to bring it all together so we can show everyone what this team truly has to offer. Once we do that, we will be a force to be reckoned with!
Anna Bowers: So far this season, we have come a long way but still have room for improvement. Which is a very exciting thought!
Miranda Eubank: We are currently about halfway through our season, and our team has produced some great things so far. I can confidently say that we have much more to show still for the rest of the 2014 season.
MG: What is the main difference you have experienced so far with head coach Shannon Welker and his coaching staff (assistant coaches John Carney and Casey Jo Magee)?
LP: I know Shannon is new to the whole team, but coming from my previous club coaches to now coach Welker has made my transition easy.
AB: Shannon is very factual and straight to the point, which is really helpful in terms of knowing what you need to fix in order to be a great gymnast.
ME: Our coaches have really lifted Missouri gymnastics to a new level of focus and determination towards success. We see it working for us every day in the gym, and I'm confident it will shine through in our performances for the rest of the season and beyond!
MG: Anna and Lark, describe how your first season in collegiate gymnastics is going, and what has stood out the most while being at Mizzou
LP: My first collegiate season has been very different than I ever imagined it to be. Coming off a major injury from last season in Junior Olympics has definitely changed the way this year has gone for me as a gymnast. However, learning how to rely on a team, and knowing that they have my back has been a very positive experience for myself and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this season holds. The thing that stands out the most at Mizzou is without a doubt the academic support system for the student-athletes. They have helped me choose the right classes to take for my major (Psychology), and have provided tutors that have helped me excel thus far in my academic career.
AB: My first NCAA season has been very different from club, but I think in a good way. It has been a very long but fun journey, and I am looking forward to the rest of the season with my teammates!