This is where you will find Brittany Stover on most days – inside the Tribe Gymnastics practice gym. She runs, flips, flies, and balances – all in the hopes of bringing home a national title.
The William and Mary sophomore was named the E.C.A.C. gymnast of the year, and with it, she has qualified for the NCAA gymnastics regionals next week where the best of the best will compete.
“I will focus on cleaning up the little things,” she says before practice on Wednesday. “I will be going against the top girls in the nation and a tenth here or there could be a difference.”
Is she nervous?
“Maybe a little, I tend to keep my nerves under control. I know I have nothing to lose. I will go out and do my best.”
Brittany will compete in the all-around competition where the top two scores will advance to the national championship. What is her best or favorite event?
“My best is the vault, but my favorite tends to be the bars. Whatever happens [next week] is based on what I do. If it happens, great, if not, I’ll just try harder next year.”
“I want to be a national champion on the rings,” says William and Mary senior Landon Funicello – he has also qualified for the NCAA regionals. His score of 16.4 on the rings is the second highest score ever recorded in the nation.
NewsChannel 3 asked him if he can improve his score.
“There’s always room for improvement.”
This weekend, he and his William and Mary Tribe teammates go for an E.C.A.C. title and an automatic bid to the NCAAs.