Senior Sarah Shire
April 29, 2010
Hey Tiger Fans!
By now, you all know of the history this team of 12 amazing girls has made. Being the first No. 3 seed to win a Regional, the first Missouri team to qualify to the NCAA Championships, and the only team able to stop Georgia's streak of 26 consecutive appearances at nationals; along with many more achievements on the season, this team has much to be proud of.
We traveled to Gainesville, Fla., last Tuesday morning and there we stayed until this past Sunday. We had a practice on the podium Wednesday afternoon and we all got comfortable with the equipment and got used to the podium setting. The semifinals were held on Thursday and we were in the night session. We were solid through three events but had a little trouble finishing up on beam. I'm not going to take time to go through each event and every score (final standings are online). Rather, I'd like to tell you about the experience itself. For me, being out on the floor with this team was the best feeling in the world. We were competing and literally watching history unfold right before our eyes. We are the most cohesive group I've ever been a part of and I couldn't ask for a better final team competition. It was truly an honor to be part of this historic team. What I will remember the most is not the competition, but the memories that were formed throughout the weekend. We got to spend 6 days in Florida with each other; many of us saw alligators, went shopping or just lay out by the pool during the day. It was one of the best trips I can remember.
Friday night we saw some of the best gymnastics being performed during the Super Six competition. I think many of us saw first hand what some of the best teams out there are doing, and hopefully we are able to get to that point soon. Now that we have made our presence at the National Championships, I believe that the best has yet to be seen from Missouri Gymnastics.
Saturday, I was lucky enough to be competing in event finals on vault and floor and I was able to have Becky on the floor with me. She helped me so much as I performed for the last time in black and gold. I have truly never had so much fun competing. I left it all on the floor and was fortunate enough to make the podium for the first time.
This has been the best year I could have ever had and I am so thankful to have the best group of people around me. From my awesome team to my great coaching staff, I couldn't be happier. Thank you also to all you fans that have continued supporting the team and myself throughout our careers here at Mizzou. We love you all and couldn't thank you enough. Although this season has finally come to a close, there will never be another team quite like this one and hopefully, more history is still yet to be made. Thank you again for the last time.
Always a Tiger,
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