By Amanda Carpenter for WVUsports.com
November 16, 2011 10:59 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Throughout the 2012 preseason, the West Virginia University gymnastics team and staff 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 10th tale comes from sophomore Amanda Carpenter. A talented bars worker, the Lancaster, Pa., native looks to earn her first collegiate competition experience this season after recovering from a lingering shoulder injury throughout her abbreviated rookie campaign.
A three-time level 10 Junior Olympics national qualifier at Prestige Gymnastics, Carpenter’s outgoing personality is a bright spot in Cary Gym, while her dedication to the team’s values and her hard work have helped her throughout the rehabilitation process. Determined to have an impact on the Mountaineers’ success, look for this pre-exercise science major to burst on to the scene this season.
I cannot believe that it is already November and that the team is getting ready for today’s Turkey-Indian intrasquad meet!
It is very exciting for me to be where I’m at today. I’m thankful to be getting ready for this season since I haven’t been able to compete for a few years due to a shoulder injury. It has been a slow process, but I feel I’m better than I have been in a long time.
It’s not only me – the whole team has been upgrading and improving skills. We’re all striving for perfection. This hard work has put us in a great position with our routines and line-ups, considering how early in season it is. I am confident that there will be great things coming from this team this year.
Under new head coach Jason Butts, we all seem to be working our hardest and communicating very well. We’re all really excited and anxious to get the season started and to strut our stuff. Soon enough, we’ll be at Pitt for our Gold-Blue intrasquad meet (on Dec. 10), then the season will start and we’ll get into our weekly meets.
Although we’re all excited about the Turkey-Indian meet and the upcoming season, we’re also looking forward to Thanksgiving break and having the opportunity to spend some time with our family and friends – something most of us haven’t done since school started in August!
Today’s intrasquad will be a great way for each of us to perform well under pressure and will show us the areas where we can improve before the season starts. The positive attitude and atmosphere in Cary Gym makes each of us determined to do well not only in this intrasquad, but also at each and every workout. I know our hard work will shine through this season.
Let’s go Mountaineers!!