Coach Tan weighs in on Troy gymnastics’ recent success

By: Sue Teggart | Troy Times | Published February 9, 2011

 Troy High freshman Christina Shabet gets some air while performing a routine on the balance beam during the Fraser Invite. Shabet took first in all-around at the event and is a promising newcomer to Troy’s squad.

Troy High freshman Christina Shabet gets some air while performing a routine on the balance beam during the Fraser Invite. Shabet took first in all-around at the event and is a promising newcomer to Troy’s squad.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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TROY — Cynthia Tan doesn’t think there’s a secret to why Troy High’s gymnastics team is scoring 30 points higher than it did two seasons ago.

Sure, the Colts have had an influx of talent, and their top gymnast, junior Sara Lin — a state qualifier last year on beam, 10th on vault and 11th on all-around — is back to anchor the squad.

But Lin is in the company of five other all-around gymnasts in junior Emily Pulte, sophomores Brenna O’Brien and Angelika Urbaniak, and freshmen Jessica Moore and Christina Shabet, who was the winner of the all-around at the Fraser Invite.

No, there isn’t a secret to the Colts’ success; Tan said they’re just seeing their potential.

“Before I started, they were only getting a 109 team score,” said Tan, who is in her second season coaching the team. “These past two years have been a huge improvement. They’ve all stepped it up. They’re willing to try new tricks and push their routines. They’re willing to show off more.

“I don’t know if I’m the spark or if they are more motivated, but they’re realizing their potential,” Tan continued. “They’re still trying to reach for more.”

Depth and consistency are the Colts’ strong suits.

“Everyone has been competing. Most of them do three events, and a lot of them do four events,” Tan said. “So they’re all consistent.”

The Colts are on the upswing with better numbers, and better overall talent and depth this season, yet Tan is modest.

“We’ve hit a 136.7 as a high, but there’s room for improvement,” she said. “They are so consistent, and they don’t have a bad day. They may have a bad event, and they shrug it off and continue working.

“They’re each other’s greatest fans, too,” she continued. “They help each other in practice, and they’re good friends outside of practice.”

Tan said Troy hopes to make a return to the state finals, beginning with a good showing at the regional meet, which gets under way March 5.

“The truly strong team is Athens,” Tan said. “We just keep plugging away, and my gymnasts are always willing to try and add new tricks to their routines.

“My goal is that we come in the top three in regionals,” she continued. “Beam is what makes or breaks a team. If we’re able to stay on the beam, then we’ve got a pretty good shot.”
 

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