Illini Women’s Gymnastics Meet

Last Friday, I got to watch the Illini Women’s Gymnastics team compete against the University of Michigan. I’ll admit, so far, I’ve been to a grand total of 2 sporting events here on campus. However, my friend had seen posters that said the first 1000 people to show up to the event were eligible for free food, so it didn’t really take much convincing on her part.

I’d never been to a gymnastics meet before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but it ended up being so much fun! We arrived at Huff Hall at 7pm and promptly picked up our free slices of pizza before grabbing a seat on the bleachers. I was totally blown away by each gymnast as they competed on Floor Exercise, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Vault.

A photo I took while the team was warming up

A photo I took while the team was warming up

By 9pm, the meet was over and I left the stadium with a sense of amazement and slight jealousy. I’m so glad my friends and I did something spontaneous—it turned out to be the perfect way to spend my night. I’m realizing that college is full of these chances for fun (and free) new experiences– it’s just a matter of deciding to participate!


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