Today Delaney had her biggest meet of the year so far. The top 5 gyms in the state were there and the competition was TOUGH. Personally, I think she did fantastic and can't help but think there were some leo deductions and expectation points flying around that gym but that's part of the sport. I've learned to shut my mouth and be proud of my child for what she does despite the lopsided judging.
Above is the singing of the National Anthem. I love to take pictures during it because most people are standing still and in orderly lines. This one I was standing on the balcony so I had an interesting perspective. I cropped it down a little and made some minor adjustments. I wish the giant face on the wall weren't so prominent but that's part of shooting at a gym.
Here's another one I got of part of the team prior to the start of the meet.
You will notice I've put in a few B&W shots this time. Just mixing it up in LR. The video is up on You Tube if you want to see that.
Delaney started on vault: a great place to start since it goes quick and doesn't allow her to get too much in her head. I knew by looking they weren't her best vaults, she had a slight twist on one of them and neither had has much height as she normally gets but I'm not certain where they came up with 1.225 worth of deductions. I thought maybe she hit the board too far back but when I went back and looked at the video, it's not that either! An 8.775 is pretty low for her.
Then it was on to bars. She has been doing really well on bars this year but I knew at her glide she was off. It wasn't as high or smooth as it usually was and then her pull over which is normally beautiful, was choppy. She had a nice mill circle and her second cast was gorgeous. Her leg cut wasn't as tight as normal and then... her hips came off the bar on her back hip circle before dismount and she had to do it again. That counts as a fall so there went .5 point. A disappointing 8.2 but not completely undeserved.
Third was beam. She hadn't had a clean routine yet this year in competition although her practice meet was flawless so we all know she can do it. We had told her not to worry about cheering for her teammates since she needed to focus herself before getting on and we are so glad she followed our advice because almost every one of her teammates fell off. My heart was HAMMERING in my chest the entire time. She had a minor bump on the mount but after that, she put in an amazing performance and DIDN'T FALL OFF! She got a 9.000 which was enough to place 4th and in this competition, that's pretty good. She was happy about staying on and getting a 9.000.
Beam is one of the easiest to shoot since there is a lot of stopping to pose and they don't move quiet as fast, hence the larger number of pictures. I had to crop significantly since even with my 200, I was still too far away but that's one of the best things about 36 MP: I can crop in pretty far and still have plenty of resolution.
She finished up on floor which, even though there are no glaring deductions, she always struggles. There is something about the way she moves or her lines or something that judges, across the board, do not like. She did get her 9.025 at Think Pink so she could change her ending pose but I knew by they way the judging was going today even before she started, she wasn't going to get above a 9. Sure enough, she put in a pretty good routine for her and got a 8.875 which is still better than any score she got last year. That 9.000 means so much to these girls however, it was a little disappointing to her. It was enough for 5th though. Pretty good for her weakest event.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun