Major: Community health education with a minor in public health
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
What is your favorite pre-game meal?
A salad with yogurt and fruit. Coach Bob loves getting us sandwiches and subs, too, but I love salads.
What are your goals for your senior year?
To lead by example for the rest of the team and for all of us to be more confident in ourselves.
You guys fell to Lindenwood the first time you faced them but beat them the following week. Explain what your team did that week to overcome them and receive a higher score.
We went in knowing what we were up against, so we had a better idea of what we had to do. We were also more comfortable with the equipment since we competed on it before.
Ultimately, Lindenwood ended up winning conference. Explain what happened at the MIC Championships in Denton, TX.
We hit a mental hurdle when it came to some of our routines, specifically bars. We were pretty consistent and progressively got better throughout the season. We really just need to work on our confidence and be completely unified as a team.
You guys will be losing your captain next season, senior Sami King, who was very consistent on the beam. How will the team be able to overcome this loss?
Sami was one of our strongest gymnasts, and it’s really sad to have her leave us. But, we had a lot of talented freshman this year, and we have a lot of incoming girls who are really strong on beam and will be able to help contribute and lead us to success.
Who do you want to credit for your success?
My parents and coach Elizabeth Hamm. She really pushed me to do well in all aspects in life. She taught and watched over me in the classroom and in the gym. Special thanks to Chris Chueng for helping me with my floor routine this season. Lastly, I also want to thank all my supporters and friends. Without them, it wouldn’t be as fun. Having my friends at meets gives more of a purpose to do well.
What are some specific routines you would like to improve next season?
I want to perfect the tuck full in on my floor routine, a lay out full on the vault routine, a full out double lay on my dismount for bars, and a three series on beam.
Why do you enjoy gymnastics?
It allows me to challenge myself physically and mentally while I perform. All in all, it’s just a lot of fun.