Dec. 13, 2012
Welcome to the Weekly Warmup! Each Thursday during the preseason, MGoBlue.com's Brad Rudner will sit down with each member of the University of Michigan women's gymnastics team to talk about the preseason training, last season's experience, and what lies ahead for the 2013 season.
This week's edition of the Weekly Warmup features junior Teresa Arthur.
Brad: How would you grade the team's performance in last Friday's exhibition?
Teresa: I think we get an A+ as far as an exhibition or intrasquad goes. We did really well as a team. We're more prepared now than we've ever been at this point in the two seasons prior to this I've been here. Everyone should look out and expect great things from this team because we're prepared and ready to fight.
Brad: What sorts of things can the team clean up on heading into the Cancun Invitational after the New Year?
Teresa: Right now, we're confident with our routines. We're confident that we can hit them. Now, it's about sticking all dismounts, hitting handstands on bars, showing off our floor routines and keeping the beam routines flowing. We want to make sure we look confident at every moment out there.
Brad: Speaking on Cancun, how much are you looking forward to that trip? Obviously, that will be a highlight of the season, but you're also going down there to compete against two pretty good teams.
Teresa: Cancun is going to be a lot of fun. One of the teams we're going against Oregon State, a team that we saw at regionals last year. It will be a good test early in the season to compete against them, knowing they made it to nationals last year. It'll also be nice being in 80-degree weather, compared to 20 degrees or whatever it will be back here in Michigan. Overall, we're excited to get the season underway and show everyone what we're made of.
Brad: It seems like this team has several individuals capable of being leaders. Is that something that was formed based on last season's experiences?
Teresa: I think a lot of the people on our team have always had leadership qualities. We didn't lose anybody. Everyone has more experience than they did a year ago. We're a close-knit team and comfortable with each other. It's been that way for a while. That's something we pride ourselves on here at Michigan. We all learned a lot from last year, but now with the season nearly here, we're ready to move forward.
Brad: In team gymnastics, you see a lot of teammates cheering one another on. On this team, you're often one of the most vocal. Why is that?
Teresa: A lot of people think that gymnastics is an individual sport, but one of the great things about college gymnastics is that it's more focused on the team. The girls I've met on this team are going to be my sisters for life. I love supporting them. Every once in a while, I may scream a little too loud and someone might move a little bit to the left because I broke their eardrum, but that's a part of what makes competitions fun. That's what gets us to compete for the Big Ten Championship and to reach nationals. If we didn't have the love and support for one another, we would never be as successful as we are today.
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Oct. 4 - Annette Miele
Oct. 11 - Austin Sheppard
Oct. 18 - Natalie Beilstein
Oct. 25 - Reema Zakharia
Nov. 1 - Sachi Sugiyama
Nov. 8 - Lindsay Williams
Nov. 15 - Scott Sherman and Shannon Welker
Nov. 21 - Brittnee Martinez
Nov. 28 - Shelby Gies
Dec. 6 - Morgan Smith