Gymnastics Diary: Tina Maloney

  • By Tina Maloney
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  • November 03, 2010 03:28 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Throughout the WVU gymnastics team’s 2011 fall preseason, the Mountaineers will take the time out of their busy schedules to share stories of practice and preparation with the fans.

This year’s sixth entry comes from junior Tina Maloney. One of the team’s strongest tumblers, the Hanover, Ind., native returns as a proven vault and floor specialist; she is also expected to push for a spot on beam this season. Maloney, the 2009 co-East Atlantic Gymnastics League vault champion, provides a burst of energy every time she hits the floor and should be counted on to provide big scores for the Mountaineers this year.

I can’t believe how quickly this year is going! Preseason is just flying by! We have made it through the hardest part of preseason, but we are still running and conditioning every day to maintain our strength and endurance. The team is looking great so far and is really growing and forming a strong bond. Every girl is putting forth something special, and we all are doing our part to make this team successful.

Meet season is creeping up and will be here before we know it! It is hard to believe that we are just two weeks away from our (team intrasquad) Turkey-Indian Meet. All of the girls have been working extremely hard and we are now starting to put routines together. We will have judges at the Turkey-Indian Meet to score our routines. This will help give us a good idea of where we are and what we need to improve on before the Gold-Blue intrasquad meet on Dec. 10.

Sophomore Alaska Richardson has been working hard on beam, and her routine is starting to look great. We look as though we will have a lot of depth on beam this year.

Senior Naja Johnson was cleared from her knee injury this past week! She was very excited to hear that she would be finishing with rehab soon and starting gymnastics again. She is already putting her bar routine back together and has started double backs into the pit. It is awesome to see her healthy and back practicing.

Competing is my favorite part of gymnastics, and I am anxiously anticipating the start of our season. I can’t wait for our first meet to roll around and to start traveling with the team. I think we have a fantastic group of girls with a lot of potential. I’m anxious to see what is in store for us and where this season takes us!

Let’s Go Mountaineers!