School Days 2006

![School Days quilt]( “School Days quilt”)The second meet of [Caitlin’s 2006 gymastics season][] was “School Days” held last Saturday afternoon at [Golden Gate Gymnastics][] in Concord, California.

[Caitlin’s 2006 gymastics season]:
[Golden Gate Gymnastics]:
[Pozsar’s Gymnastics]:

This was Caitlin’s first event at GGG, and I thought they ran a great meet! In spite of the rather small gym, there was plenty of room for spectators and gymnasts. (It may have helped that we were in the final session, since one of the earlier attendees told me that the morning and afternoon sessions had *many* more gymnasts.) During the late session there were about 10-15 girls per event, so the competition floor wasn’t very crowded. I assume that the meet organizers would want to keep the earlier sessions maxed out. Thus the final session can run “light” and finish as quickly as possible, so the meet staff can start cleanup ASAP. Perhaps we should **request** the final session in the future?

Caitlin medaled in every event this weekend. She took second place on the uneven bars and fifth place on vault, beam and floor; however, between her very good score on bars and her consistent finishes in the other events, she managed to pull third place overall.

Event Score Place
Vault 8.100 5th
Bars 9.225 2nd
Beam 8.950 5th (tie)
Floor 9.000 5th
All around 35.275 3rd

![Caitlin on beam]( )

Caitlin had a *beautiful* beam routine, including what looked like a perfect cartwheel, but she managed to fall (jump?) off the beam in spite of landing exactly where/how she ought to. A fall is a 0.500 deduction, so her beam score would have been at least 9.450 (which would have put her in first place on beam). The cartwheel is her *bête noir*. If she can overcome this, I think she’ll be taking first place on the beam consistently.

Her floor and bar routines had some very minor flaws. She knows what the problems are, and she can probably correct them before the end of the season. If she does, I think she can pick up another 0.200 to 0.400 points pretty easily in both of these events.

![Pozsar’s team first-place finish]( “Pozsar’s team at the top of the podium!” )

Caitlin’s team took first place in their session, and although I haven’t seen the entire team’s scores I’m pretty sure that Caitlin had a hand in their victory. Way to go Caitlin and [Pozsar’s Gymnastics][]!

After the awards ceremony we got the girls and coaches together for a couple of team pictures:

![Pozsar’s compulsory team]( “Pozsar’s compulsory team after School Days 2006” ) ![Pozsar’s compulsories hamming it up]( “Some well-earned cuttin’ up!” )

After the meet, the team and their families all went to [Fuddrucker’s][] for dinner. It was great to be able to talk to all the team parents in a non-gym atmosphere. I hope we can make this post-meet get together a team tradition!

![Pozsar’s at Fuddrucker’s]( “Team dinner at Fuddrucker’s” )

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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