Monday, March 30, 2015

the whole story of State Meet 2015

Beach found Coach Montana shoes.
All she needs now are long white socks
& she is ready for her coaching career!
Alright, meet details for State Meet 2015. 

Our girls started on floor. All of them did amazing routines!! LINK TO FLOOR. When they flashed Beach’s score of 9.75 I almost died. 

Pretty sure she has never had anything in the  9.7’s before. 

After floor they moved to vault. Beach vaulted a 9.075 which is a good vault for her. 

Next came bars LINK TO BARS. Holy smoke her routine was absolutely gorgeous!!!! The judges agreed with a 9.7 That is 2 scores in the 9.7’s!!!! 

Last event was beam. LINK TO BEAM. Beach slipped off in her series, not a bad fall just a bad place to come off. She needed the points for the series connection so she remounted the beam and repeated the series. 

The girls from our team who were sitting with us in the stands instantly commented, “Oh no, you don’t do 3 back-walk-overs.” 

But if you are going to do them you do them well! And you bet she did. Beautiful routine: the fall cost her .50 and the repeated skills cost her .50. 

Her end score was a 8.6 which only for showing how nice of a routine it was: without the fall & repeat it "was" in the area of a 9.6 routine. So proud of her!!!! It’s not easy to do a routine on beam in the first place but to fall and get back up with that much composer and grace- WOW.


Then a very sad thing happened. Beach had no idea she had scored so well on floor and bars. She was shown a score sheet thought the 37.125 All Around was a 31.125 (dang those eyes!). 

She sat through all of awards believing she had not qualified for Regionals!

Which, sort of made sense because although she placed 1st in Bars & 2nd in Floor, she didn’t medal in vault, beam, or the All Around. 

Being Beach, she covered her feelings so no one knew something was even wrong. 

After awards she managed to figure out she had actually qualified and was suddenly frantic to go sign in as a qualifier and get her tank top. 

As she was trying to explain to me that she needed to go to the judges table a coach from another gym, a coach with not the nicest of reputations came down the isle. He looked down at Beach, stuck out his big old hand and shoved her hard out of his way. I was shocked. Luckily, in all the commotion, Beach just thought someone had accidentally pushed her. How incredibly rude & a few more things!!!  I’ll leave it at that….

Our little team of only 5 girls took 3rd Place in State! Nice work. Our 6's took 3rd and our 8's took 1st!!!! 

 Here is the part of the story I really love, with the widest understanding of word love you can find. 

In the dark of the parking lot my child took my hand and said, “Mom, I know no one thinks I should be sad about falling off beam when I had such a good meet but I am incredibly sad about it.” Then she burst into tears. 

What I love about that is how much of her was right there in that moment. She is such a good, strong kid. She is deep and thoughtful with a very, very old soul.

I told her it was okay to be sad and when she was done being sad about to take a look at the whole thing again with new eyes.


She is still disappointed but she has also been able to see the larger victories of the day: 2 personal bests and a great All Around score! 

She is ready to take regionals!!! California here we come!      

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