Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Gator Chomp!: Think Pink
The Florida Gators posted a 197.500 this weekend and rocked another meet. Florida is very much THE team of the season. Of course, the 197.500 has everyone worried that they may peak too soon yet again. It looks like that may not be the case this season.
Macko is just getting into the lineup on all events. She hasn't had much time on any events and is really just getting started. It is refreshing to see how steady she is on beam compared to her elite days.
Marissa King just performed her Tsuk 1 1/2 for the first time. She is still three weeks away from performed her double layout on floor.
Randy Stageberg is just adding back her Piked Full In on floor. She flew out of bounds and desperately needs it to score big.
Maranda Smith had the summer off and just got back into gear during the fall, so she is less far along than usual.
Alaina Johnson does limited numbers in training after having a rid injury during the preseason. The staff is keeping her healthy as she competes this season. Her beam has been a low 9.8/high 9.7 and she definitely has room for improvement. The coaches are always working on details with her, so higher scores may be on the way.
Liz Green has been out with a stress fracture in her back, so other girls have been getting chances in the lineup. They also rested Ashanee on floor and have yet to solidify any lineups. That could keep things going in the team's favor. Missing Kytra Hunter may actually be helping the team. Had they had her available, the team would almost have an over-abundance of riches, which gives the coaches of keeping everyone happy and motivated even though everyone will have fewer chances to compete.
Florida will face tougher teams in the next few weeks, which should energize the team and really bring out their competitive spirit.
Videos from Think Pink after the jump!