By Tina Maloney for WVUsports.com
August 30, 2011 03:10 PM
Throughout the 2012 preseason, the West Virginia University gymnastics team will periodically check in with Mountaineer fans, providing updates on the progress made in Cary Gym and the weight room. The team also will share stories from its multiple team-bonding trips and activities.
This year’s second tale comes from senior Tina Maloney. A three-time all-EAGL honoree, Maloney is coming off her most successful season to date, as she competed in all 13 meets in 2011 and earned her first career all-around nod. A powerful vaulter, she also tallied two career-best 9.9 score on the apparatus last season.
A two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American, Maloney is a force in the classroom, too, and is enrolled in the competitive WVU nursing program.
Focused and accustomed to hard work, Maloney’s teammates will count on her guidance and consistency this season.
It is hard to believe that my senior year has started! Reality hit two Sundays ago when the whole team met at the WVU Ropes Course for our first team activity. We went through several different activities to help break the ice and get the group comfortable with each other. It was a great way to start off the year and initiate the team bonding process.
The first week of fall semester flew by. Everyone was busy getting adjusted to classes, including myself. I am continuing in the accelerated nursing program. It is a difficult and challenging major, but something that I love. I am just three semesters away from being an RN!
The team kicked off its preseason last week. Preseason consists of conditioning workouts to help us prepare physically for the competitive season. Everyone has been in Cary Gym working hard to prepare her skills for the upcoming season. We have several talented gymnasts joining our team this year. I believe this talent, combined with the skill of the returning gymnasts, will set us up for a promising 2012 season.
One big change that occurred after the 2011 season was that Jason Butts took over the head coaching position after Linda Burdette-Good retired. Thus far, he has done an excellent job adjusting to the role and doing what he can to set us up for a successful season. It is clear that he has the best interest of the team in mind. I think having him lead our team will definitely start us in the right direction!
Bridget Boyd also joined our team as an assistant coach. Bridget has a very bubbly personality and also has a lot of knowledge about gymnastics. Bridget has meshed with the team since she arrived in Morgantown. She didn’t hesitate to get in the gym and start helping each of us during practice. I think her knowledge and outgoing personality will definitely be an asset to our program.
It is a great feeling to be back in Morgantown and starting a new year with an awesome group of teammates. I believe there is a lot of potential packed within this team, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in the upcoming season!
Let’s Go Mountaineers!