Story written by Micah Karr, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
FAIRBORN, Ohio ---Wright State Gymnastics club has several members attending Nationals for the very first time.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) is hosting Nationals in Columbus at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. They are from April 6 to April 8. This is the third competition the Wright State Gymnastics Club has attended this semester. First, they competed at Integrity Athletics near Ohio State on February 4, then Bowling Green, on February 25.
According to the NAIGC’s website, any club that wants to participate in nationals should compete in at least two meets before the weekend of Nationals. This policy helps gymnasts to practice their routine before Nationals, as well as giving the gymnasts more confidence.
“I’m excited to perform my routine since I have more competition under my belt,” Morgan Karr, a gymnast on the team explained, “I’m more confident with it.”
Nationals hosts levels 6, 8, and 9 of female gymnastics.Each level is indicative of how advanced the gymnast is. Karr competes on level 8 floor. This means that she can complete middle-level skills, such as a round off-back handspring-back tuck and a front tuck. While Karr only competes on the floor, events such as uneven parallel bars, beam, and vault will also be at Nationals.
Danielle Cooper, the president of the gymnastics club has been to Nationals four times. “I’m nervous because I’m performing two brand-new routines,” she explained, one is “not even finished yet.”
Cooper plans to compete in level 8 all-around, which means she will compete in every single event: Floor, bar, beam, and vault.
Karr was excited for nationals for more reason than one. For example, “there will be some pretty big names in gymnastics” hosting the event, such as Samuel Mikulak, a two-time Olympic gymnast.
The team plans to carpool to the event and will stay in The Hyatt Hotel in Columbus. Cooper explained that it was difficult to find a hotel to stay in. “I was really nervous about finding one,” she explained.
Last year, Cooper explained, Nationals took place in California. “We had a lot of fun,” she explained, “We rented bikes and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge.”
Next year, Nationals will be hosted in Austin, Texas. Cooper was excited to take the team to Texas. “Some of our team has never been to Texas,” she said.
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Here is a video of Morgan Karr preforming her floor routine with an unexpected problem!
Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney