This past weekend, Team ASI competed at the Sand Dollar Invitational, a USAG meet hosted in sunny Kissimmee, Florida! The team consisted of Level 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s from ASI Allen, Arlington, Firewheel, Keller, Lake Highlands, and Cypress. The girls competed on Friday, January 20, and then enjoyed a great weekend in Florida! They were accompanied by ASI coaches Isis, Laureen, Anna, Alyssa, Candace, and Elizabeth. There were women Level’s 1-10 competing from all over the country! It was a long day of competition, as the ASI girls competed all day long on Friday, but they did so well and are now getting ready for their next competition.
Isis, SI Team Director – “I thought it was such a great experience for the girls to compete as one team this year. It was such a great feeling to see the girls interact and support each other on the floor. The parents really united together as well and I think we had the loudest cheering section the whole weekend. Coming back from this meet I think it will create long lasting friendships between the girls that will carry over into our local meets. It was a really proud moment.”
Barnack, ASI Facilities Supervisor – “The energy was building as people made their way to the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Wow! Even though I’ve been there before something about that venue gave me goosebumps… I can only imagine how these kids felt at their age coming to a stage like this to compete in a sport that they love. The atmosphere in the auditorium was great. It was BIG. People were happy to be there to support their kids and excited about the competition going on in the various gyms. As I scanned the observation areas, bleachers, and floor looking for ASI people, I found some familiar faces. Faces that I see at ASI meets. I saw entire families of athletes represented by Arlington, Keller, Lake Highlands and Allen. I also saw some people from the Cypress gym but did not know them so I introduced myself…I just plopped down next to them and started a conversation. It was great. As I got to know them, it was clear to me that the love they have for their kids is “youuuge” as our new president would say. There were tons of memorable moments. I’d like to share two of them that stuck out. The first one was during the Level 5 competition. All the families had gathered on one side of the auditorium in the bleachers. They had made signs and were excited to cheer on their ASI gymnasts. Just before the Level 5’s competed on bars, we were talking and watching the girls warm up…to be frank, they did not look good during warm-ups. And not just one or two of them, but the whole group. You could see the disappointment on their faces. They were not happy. When the first gymnast saluted the judges and approached the bar, the anxiety was high. With each completed skill she seemed to get stronger and stronger and stronger… Then, the dismount… Stuck Landing!! What?? Are you kidding me right now!! The audience erupted with applause …AWESOMENESS!!! The energy at that moment was incredible and it must have affected the rest of the Team because every one of them killed it! It was a great moment and it helped propel them to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in the All-Around.”
Overall, this was a meet all about team work and perseverance. There are new friendships formed and new motivation moving forward into competition season. Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed, and we can’t wait to support you at the next one!