I had a great time competing with the Arizona State University Men’s Gymnastics team in the 2017 Maroon and Gold Intrasquad. That was the original name for decades, but the last couple years it has really been Maroon, Gold, and Black because there were too many guys for just 2 teams.
My jersey is black so I chose to be on the black team again this year. The team score was driven in large part by one of the new members, Kiwan Watts (he placed 14th in the all around at the USA Summer Nationals in August), who won 5 events and the all around. But there were one or two events where the top 3 scorers were all from the black team. It always feels good to be on the winning team.
It’s been over 9 years since I bought a mushroom and Scott Barclay suggested I compete at the Rocky Mountain Open. After going there a couple times I decided I would focus on the ASU pre-season competition (M&G) until I could be competitive at that level (where Oklahoma brings their A team and the Olympic Training Center usually sends a few guys from the national team since it is close to the training center).
Now I can tell I won’t need to go to Rocky Mountain Open for awhile, as the level of competition at ASU is going up every year. With around 50 guys on the team now, sending 2 teams at a time to different competitions during the season, and someone at the level of Kiwan who is not able to win every event, things are looking better than ever for ASU Men’s Gymnastics!
See below for the videos from my routines at the meet. I’m excited to get back in the gym and try new things now that I’m in “off season”. 🙂