What better way to finish Senior Night than with a huge win against the Naval Academy 411.35 – 406.15 with the 5 up 5 count format? The entire team is so grateful for everything all the seniors have done. Even though each one had a junior talk for them at the beginning of the meet, I would like to say my own thing to each senior myself.
Even though you have been here the shortest amount of time, your impact on the team has been great. You come with the most experience out of anyone on the team (you old hag) and you don’t hide it either. Your gymnastics abilities are far beyond most of our teammates and you rub it off by specifically correcting others and leading by example. Even though you are the only member of this team not from the United States (for those who don’t know, James is from New Zealand), you have no problem fitting in with everyone. I hope you stay close to Springfield and return often as we will miss you.
You have proven that hard work really does pay off. You’ve overcome countless injuries and obstacles, not made team, made team again, and finally broke into lineup. You show others that cleanliness is key in gymnastics over and over again by consistently scoring mid and high 13’s on floor. You are coming to Springfield for graduate school next year and it will be nice to be able to see you everyday. Who could possibly replace your voice saying “lock it out” or “keep it classy?”
After 2 weeks at West Point, you left and decided you were going to come to Springfield instead. I can speak for the entire team when I say we’re glad you did. I met you after those two weeks at Coach Posner’s Elite Gymnastics Camp as my roommate there and I honestly did not know how well we would end up getting along in the future. You bring an atmosphere to the gym that no one else ever could and you always know how to lighten the mood. It’s very rare to see you in a bad mood and your positive vibes put others in high spirits. You’re sticking around next year too, and I hope your presence around the team doesn’t change.
You show the team how to lead by example. You are an amazing captain and have helped me so much inside as well as outside of the gym. I also met you at Coach Posner’s Elite Gymnastics Camp, but as one of the instructors when I was still in high school. I knew right away that you cared about my gymnastics even though it did not affect you. You still show that now as you are our teammates biggest supporter no matter what. Just as the juniors said on Saturday, even though everyone on the team has to look down to you, we all look up to you. I want to wish you the best of luck in graduate school following your passion of nutrition.
Not only have you been my teammate for the 2 years I’ve been here at Springfield, you’ve been my teammate since I joined the Ellis Gymnastics boys’ team in 3rd grade. You’ve overcome some amazing things in your life. From originally going to college in Chicago for music, transferring to Springfield (and not even thinking you were going to make the team), to making the team, making lineup, and now becoming captain of this team. You should be proud of yourself because I know I am. You have always been one of my greatest friends, and I hope we stay that way for years to come. Since we are both applied exercise science majors, I annoyed you with endless questions about classes, teachers, internships, certifications, etc. and you were always happy to help. You’ve learned so much over the years and have taught me as well along the way and I cannot thank you enough. I would say I’ll miss you, but you have to deal with me for another 2 years while you’re at grad school.
I am just one of many who will show their appreciation to our seniors as the weeks go on. These are our brothers and they will always be considered family. As they leave, we gain new freshmen along the way. We don’t replace our seniors, but instead just make more room for them in our Springfield family.