Bristol Psyched for Big 12 Road Trips


By Makenzie Bristol for WVUsports.com
October 18, 2012 02:37 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After five weeks of preseason, the West Virginia University gymnasts are itching to enjoy their free time away from Cary Gym before the 2013 season begins. As junior Makenzie Bristol writes, sometimes, that free time leads the Mountaineers right back home.

Tumblers’ Tales will track the team throughout the fall, as each gymnast will take the time to write an update for Mountaineer Nation. Bristol, a native of Prosper, Texas, returns for her third year with the Mountaineers and is preparing to again contribute to WVU’s deep floor lineup. She competed a perfect sophomore season, as she did not count a fall on floor in all 13 meets and scored 9.8 or better five times, giving her 126.7 points on the season. Bristol hopes to incorporate vault and beam into her repertoire this year.

As a Texas native, Bristol is particularly excited for the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 Conference this season. Though her allegiance is with WVU, she has cheered for Texas in the past and found herself torn when she traveled back to Longhorn nation for the Mountaineers’ exciting 48-45 win in Austin on Oct. 6. Read along as Bristol recalls her exciting weekend away from Morgantown….


The move to the Big 12 Conference is such an exciting time for West Virginia and an even more exciting time for me because I will now get the chance to compete closer to Texas. I am thrilled for the team to make our debut in the Big 12 and to show everyone back home what Mountaineers are made of!

Teammate Chelsea Goldschrafe and I traveled to Austin two weeks ago to watch the Mountaineers take on the Longhorns. It was one of the best games I have ever seen, and it was an even better outcome for the Mountaineers! We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome from the fans in Austin - they were just as excited for us to join the conference.

I thought it was going to be so hard to be at a Longhorn game and not cheer for my native team, but the Mountaineers made it so easy to cheer them on to victory. You couldn’t help but be a diehard fan that night! I’m excited to sheer the Mountaineers onto another win this Saturday night in Morgantown!

Everyone on the team is beyond excited to be in the Big 12 this year, and we can’t wait to show the nation how hard we have been working. It’s going to be a great year – I’m ready to start the season now!

Let’s Go Mountaineers!



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