NCAA Auburn Gymnastics Regional Post-Meet Quotes

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April 7, 2012

Oregon State (2nd Place Finisher)
Coach Tanya Chaplin on advancing to nationals...
"We're very excited to be representing this region. It was an incredible competition tonight. There were great schools from top to bottom and we're feeling very fortunate that we get to represent this region and go on to the national championship."

Coach Tanya Chaplin on moving to second after the team's last event...
"We had a few uncharacteristic stumbles in the first two routines. Our last four competitors really stayed strong and did some great beam routines. I believe our last three up actually went for second and third on that event, and we needed that in order to overtake Michigan."

Makayla Stambaugh on how it feels to be moving on to nationals...
"I'm definitely really excited. I've had a great year with this team and we're really excited to move on to the nationals and have one more shot, especially with our seniors. And to hopefully place in the top six and really shoot for that national championship."

Leslie Mak on tying for first place on bars with a 9.9...
"It was an honor because there were so many amazing gymnasts in this region, and then also bar workers. I was just really excited about my routine and about sharing that title. A lot of credit is due to John Carney, our coach. He did a great job with helping me out on some of my skills so I have him to thank, but it was an honor."

Leslie Mak on traveling cross-country...
"It was a little different, especially for the freshmen this year because we kind of stuck to our conference within the west coast and things like that, but the coaches made sure we were taken care of. Actually, being from Corvallis, we were far from our airport to start with. We had quite the travel, waking up early--actually at 4:30. We left our hotel in Portland and had a flight early that morning and got in kind of late, but we told the girls and coach told us to get the kinks out on the training day which we did, and that was an excellent opportunity for us to get used to the equipment and get our jello legs out of there and just make sure we bring it for the meet."

 

 

Coach Tanya Chaplin on preparing for nationals...
"Like I said, this was a battle to make it to the next competition and we're not taking that for granted. We know we have a lot of work to do when we go back home. Like I said, we had some uncharacteristic things happen. Not just on beam, but a few other events and we want to make sure that we're not just physically strong but mentally strong going in to the national championship. We'll get back and make the most of this opportunity when we train this next week."

Georgia (First-Place Finisher)
Opening Statement from Coach Jay Clark ...
"We're excited. We've experienced just about everything you can experience in the last three years at the regional competition. To have the performance that we did tonight is very rewarding. The kids did a great job. They came in with a great mindset. They trained that way yesterday. They warmed up that way today. We still made a few little timid things that they got a little bit angry about on the bye, and they showed it when they came out on floor and really put a good floor set together. That was the thing we said we didn't want to do, get timid. We did it just a little bit on balance beam. We are proud of the overall performance. It was a solid performance. It's a performance that we believe we can still improve on. We understand that we will have to do that if we are going to threaten for the National Championship."

Gina Nuccio on mindset coming off the floor ...
"We wanted to be aggressive and not hold back. Having the fall on beam didn't change our mission and our goals and our mindset. We went back in the locker room and listened to some music. We got ourselves pumped up to finish the last half of the meet. That is exactly what we did."

Kat Ding about finishing well ...
"We finished on pace or higher than where we had started the first half of the meet. That is pretty huge for us considering that last year we were a first half team. Now, we are the whole meet. We have to be the whole meet, consistent all the way around for each event. We don't have any event that's high or low. We have to keep going and be consistent throughout the meet."

Coach Jay Clark on Kat Ding and Noel Couch getting first and second all-around ...
"It's great. We acknowledge that our kids have their personal goals, and that's being a competitor and part of being human. Kat will be the first one to tell you that our focus is 100% on the team. If that takes care of itself, then the individual goals are met as a result of what we do as a group."

Coach Jay Clark on consistency ...
"This year, we have been a very consistent team and that is what I want to focus on, rather than the last two years. This year, if you look at our average, from start to finish, we are in the top three in the country. That is what we said we wanted to be when we started the season. What we lack in "star power" in certain spots, this team has shown resilience and a certain mental stability that has served them very well. That consistency in all of our events is capable of going in a high range. There is not one that jumps off the page more than the other. It's a solid team from top to bottom."

Gina Nuccio on Nationals being close to home ...
"It could be an advantage for us because we are going to have our fans there. WE feed off them and they feed off us. That creates a great atmosphere."

Kat Ding on Nationals being close to home ...
"Nationals is nationals. Whether you're close to home or far from home, you have to do your job."

Coach Jay Clark on Nationals being close to home ...
"It's always nicer to drive 45 minutes than it is to get an airplane and fly across the country. From that standpoint it is a little easier logistically. We had our fans at SECs and we never could really hit our stride. We nickel and dime'-d our way through that meet. The nice part is that we have been in that environment. We know a lot of the top teams. We've seen just about everybody who is going to be in that meet, so it's a familiar place for us. The setup will be familiar. We know how we stack up against the teams that are going to be on the floor. If our fans show up in droves, hopefully we can catch fire and do something special."