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Panther Pause -- Katie O'Rourke




Dec. 18, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Hey Panther Fans!

The preseason and first semester have officially come to an end, meaning we're starting to ramp up and fine tune our routines for the start of the competitive season. Now that the stressful finals week is finally over, we're getting in a few practices before we get to enjoy our Christmas break. Before finals week we had the traditional start of our preseason, the Blue Gold Exhibition meet which was held at Kent State. After months of practice, everyone was eager to compete, as the long preseason was finally coming to a close, and we couldn't wait to show off the results of our hard work since last season ended. We started off strong and kept the momentum going throughout the meet, focused on results and building the difficulty of our routines, while maintaining a fun, positive atmosphere.

Coming off of this good performance, everyone was eager to get back in the gym and fine tune the little things that will make or break our scores during the season. I was very impressed with how the team has come together over the past couple weeks as the start of our competitive season grows closer. This team has a great combination of gymnasts who are both talented and hard working. While the season doesn't officially start until January 10th, the team is focused on our "Meet the Team" meet January 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Fieldhouse. If you're in the area, be sure to come out and watch us debut our new routines in the final tune-up before the 2014 season. Be there to witness our first steps towards becoming the 2014 EAGL champions and returning back to NCAA Regionals. Hope everyone has a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! H2P!

Only Big Dreams,
Katie O'Rourke