The Extra Tenth: Mackenzie Myers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The 2014 West Virginia gymnastics season officially opens this Friday, Jan. 10. In anticipation of the excitement that is sure to follow the Mountaineers again this year, The Extra Tenth also returns this week.
This season’s first edition features freshman Mackenzie Myers. A Middletown, Md., native, Myers joins the Mountaineers after competing level 10 gymnastics at Frederick Gymnastics Club. A 2012 Junior Olympics National Championships qualifier, she finished seventh on floor at the meet. Additionally, Myers finished fourth on beam and fifth on floor and bars at the 2013 Region 7 Championships.
Third-year Mountaineer coach Jason Butts believes Myers’ best gymnastics is in front of her. She is expected to compete in the floor lineup this Friday and will push for a spot on bars and beam in the future.
The Mountaineers open their season at No. 21 Kentucky, with No. 15 Penn State and Ball State, this Friday, at 7 p.m., at Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington, Ky.
Full Name: Mackenzie Nicole Myers
Birthday: August 14
What’s on TV: The Bachelorette
What’s in my iPod: Anything country
Favorite movie: A Cinderella Story
Favorite electronic device: My phone, even though it’s an Android
Superstitions: Spiders bring good luck and telling a coach my whole routine before competing
Worst habit: Being a perfectionist and cracking my back
Favorite late-night snack: Cookie dough ice cream
Pop or soda: Soda
Chocolate or caramel: Chocolate
Early riser or night owl: Definitely an early riser
Bus or PRT: Bus!
Swimsuit or snowsuit: Swimsuit, no doubt
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
Favorite Pinterest recipe: I don’t have a Pinterest account
Dream date: Dinner on the beach, watching the sunset
Favorite weekend activity: Hanging out with my teammates
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Derek Jeter (New York Yankees), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
Favorite magazine: Seventeen
Which reality show would you do best on: The Bachelor (Juan Pablo’s season preferably)
Teammate destined for 15 minutes of fame: Dayah Haley
Best Dressed on team: Melissa Idell
Teammate that makes the best study buddy: Emma Lasker
Favorite club gym memory: Traveling with my team and making Nationals
Favorite road-trip ritual: Leaving bright and early in the morning
Tops on my bucket list: Travel to all 50 states and to each continent
What does Mountaineer gymnastics mean to you: Mountaineer gymnastics means everything to me. I am so blessed to be part of such a welcoming, loving and caring family. I also am so proud to represent such a prestigious team, with such a big heart and support system. I can’t wait to “climb higher” with this team and see what each year brings.
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