Makenzie Bristol

  • By Makenzie Bristol
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  • October 24, 2011 04:27 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – 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 seventh tale comes from sophomore Makenzie Bristol. A skilled gymnast, Bristol, a Prosper, Texas, native, made an immediate impact on the Mountaineers’ floor lineup last season, competing in eight meets and scoring 9.75 or better four times.

Also strong on beam and vault, the WVU coaches believe she could have three incredible routines as a sophomore.

An EAGL all-Academic Team member and a Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll honoree, Bristol was just admitted into WVU’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism.

Is it really Halloween week already? I cannot believe how fast this semester has already gone. Before you know it, it will be Christmas break, and you know what that means - it’s time for the season to start!

Everyone inside Cary Gym is working very hard to get her routines competition-ready. Whether it is the infamous surprise intra-squads on beam from our coach, Bridget Boyd, or someone having an off day but still pushing through her floor routine, we are all working very hard to insure that we have a successful year.

You learn a lot your freshman year, and you are more of a follower, learning the ropes, rather than stepping out as a leader. I am very excited to have a year under my belt and to be more of a leader rather than a follower this season.

The team this year is like a family. We know how to have a great time outside the gym, but as soon as we step back in the gym, it’s go time. For example, this past week we went to Fright Farm as a team and got to listen to coach Travis Doak scream his head off! It was a great time to bond with our teammates and to get to know our coaches on a personal level. With my family being so far away (in Texas), it is a great feeling to know that I have an entire Mountaineer family behind me. I couldn’t ask for anything more as a student-athlete.

I am so excited to see what we can bring to the table this year. The talent and determination that we have as a team will take us far, and I cannot wait to see the outcome of all of our hard work.

See you all in January!

Let’s Go Mountaineers!!

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