nosferatuvoice (nosferatuvoice) wrote,

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Some of you may not know that I was a gymnast for many years, and that I am a complete and total gymnastics fanatic. I don't attend many meets anymore, not like I used to anyway, but for the last fifteen years or so I've never missed a home U. of Michigan women's gymnastics meet except for a few rare occasions. This year has been a rough one for the Wolverines. They lost three of their top gymnasts to season-ending injuries at or just before the first meet of the season. As a result, instead of being ranked near the top of the nation, they ended up ranked 12th in the nation. Nonetheless, the other girls stepped things up several notches, and the team improved enough over the course of the season to make the Regionals. ladylardence came to visit me and attended the Regionals with me a couple of weeks ago, and my Wolverines placed second and qualified to nationals. I am so proud of them!

Nationals are taking place in Salt Lake City today through Saturday. How it works is that twelve teams qualify to nationals, two from each Regional. At nationals a blind draw is conducted to divide the teams into two preliminary sessions of six teams, who compete in the afternoon and evening on Thursday. The top three teams from each session continue on to the Super Six final on Friday night. The top eight scorers on each event during the Thursday preliminaries then compete on Saturday for individual event titles. Ideally, the preliminary sessions would each end up with three top teams and three lower teams, making the competition to get into the team final fair for everyone. Inevitably what happens, however, is that one session ends up stacked with most of the really good teams, and the other has only a couple of good teams, and almost inevitably Michigan usually gets the short end of the draw, ending up in the stacked session and struggling to get to the finals. This year, however, luck was on our side. The morning session has four really good teams and a fifth that frequently is fighting for a place in the finals, out of six teams. The evening session has Michigan, two other good teams, and three teams that should not pose a problem for Michigan to beat. So we are almost certain to go to the Finals this year. *celebrates wildly* So, being the fanatic I am, I'll be watching the evening session tonight via the internet, following the live scores to see if my Wolverines make it through to the finals.

In other sports news, the Detroit Red Wings start Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. *nervous* We're a really good team, but so is San Jose, so this one's going to be nerve-racking. I'm not sure if we'll survive Round 2.

Not much more to talk about today, besides the sports update. Such an exciting life I lead. ;D
Tags: gymnastics, hockey, nationals

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