Shannon Chase of Emeth Gymnastics is our next 2017 Level 9 Eastern All-Around National Champion. Shannon, who also won Floor & Vault, shared the Junior 4 All-Around Title. Let’s learn a little bit about Shannon’s Eastern Nationals experience and what she did to celebrate her gold medal performances.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How does it feel to be the 2017 National co-All Around Junior 4 Champion? It was shocking, my goal for the meet was to have fun and do my best! When they called first place and said my all around score I was so surprised!
Tell us how your meet went today? Walk us through each moment of your day, warm ups, events etc….We started on bars and Region 5 all hit, I had my best bar routine of the season and also scored higher than I had all season! When we went to beam Region 5 had a few stumbles but I was able to stay focused and I got up and hit my beam routine. Then we went to floor, during warm ups they announced the top 5 girls, I was in second it pumped me up for floor. I got a 9.5 on floor and that was my highest floor score of the season. Moving onto vault I knew I was going to be first up to compete, I was happy about that. I had a great warm up and felt super confident getting ready to compete. I stuck my first vault and I was ecstatic, I gave my coach the biggest smile ever! After my second vault and I saw that I got a 9.7 I was so proud of myself but all I could do then was wait. I knew I had a big enough score to have a chance at a vault title but I didn’t know where I’d be on the other events. I ended up being the vault and floor champion. After they announced floor awards I thought to myself “man I might have a shot at this.” Everyone said I looked so shocked when they announced the all Around champions.
What do you normally do between events to stay focused and ready for the next event? I do mind routines in my head, and I try to do drills that will help me stay focused.
Tell us about the atmosphere of the meet compared to regular season meets you have been too. There was a lot more cheering! I’m the onLy level 9 at my gym so usually I’m alone at meets, so it was really cool to be apart of a team!
What is it like being part of Region 5 at Eastern Nationals? (be descriptive) It felt like one big family, everyone worked together very well and we all had each others backs.
When the meet was finished, what was the first thing you did to celebrate your win? We took lots of pictures, I got a sweatshirt with “National Champion” on the back of it, and we went out to Olive Garden for dinner!
Other than becoming National Champion, what was one highlight of the meet for you today? The atmosphere of competing with Region 5
How does Region 5 compare to the other Regions out on the competition Floor? What sets Region 5 apart? We cheer the loudest and are so supportive of one another!
Who inspired you the most today? What did they say to you? How did you get amped up and motivated today? Brett from Twistars was really funny, and he did a cheer before each event with us! He kept the meet fun and the team pumped up!
Congratulations to Shannon, her family, her coaches and the rest of the staff at Emeth Gymnastics!
Check out Shannon’s 9.7 Eastern National Champion title vault
Stay Tuned for our next Level 9 Eastern National All-Around Champion!