Inside the Gym features updates, recaps and journals from members of the men's gymnastics team throughout the 2013 season. You can follow the Huskers on Facebook at facebook.com/NebraskaMGym and on Twitter @NebraskaMGym.
Zach Hedval, one of the Huskers' newest additions, has become a movitator for the team during the preseason, particularly right before the first intrasquad of the season. With the team's second Red v. White challenge beginning on Friday, he has assumed the role once again. This time, though, Hedval reaches out to the team's family, friends and fans.
18... The number of years since our last national title.
22... The number of gymnasts on the team.
1... Only one goal, make top 6 at NCAA's this year!
This Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. marks the final intrasquad before the Husker gymnasts take it to the streets. I know this is dead week and many of you are getting ready for finals, but hear me out for a second...
Gymnasts, like any other athletes, are vain when it comes to competition. We LOVE attention when we perform. Let's be honest, everyone does. There is no rush quite like having hundreds, or even thousands of eyes on you as you perform a well-polished routine that has consumed a good percentage of your existence for the past several months or even a year. Cheering fans fuel us; they push us just a little bit more and remind us why we are here. We as athletes are representing our school, community and a legacy of high caliber athletics. We will do our absolute best to be one of the top schools in the country, in fact, our primary goal this year is to make top 6 at NCAAs and you know what, we can do it.
This is where our friends, family, teammates (especially from other sports) come into play. What good is a team with no one behind them? If you are available at any time, even for just a few minutes, the Nebraska men's gymnastics team would love to have you come over to the Devaney and watch us get our grown man on! For such a small place, we bring A LOT of fire and intensity and if enough people show, it'll double, even triple. It is what you make it, so let's make it an amazing weekend!
Ubuntu, an African tribal saying meaning, "I am because we are." We are Nebraska Gymnastics and WE ALL ARE BIG RED. Let’s do work...
About the Meet
NU will host their second intrasquad meet this Friday and Saturday. The meet will be held in the men's gymnastics practice area in the north end of the Bob Devaney Sports Center and is free of charge and open to the public.
Nebraska will perform routines on every event, beginning with floor exercise, pommel horse and rings on Friday at 4 p.m. The meet will continue on vault, parallel bars and high bar on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Zach Hedval came to Nebraska after competing for Eagle Ridge Gymnastics in Rio Rancho, N.M. and claiming the 2010 Regional Still Rings title. Hedval also competed in the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals. He competed with Gold Cup Gymnastics in Alubquerque, N.M., betweet 2006 and 2008, claiming the Level 8 Regional Champion title in 2007. Hedval graduated from St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M., before completing his first two years of college at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif.
For more information on Zach Hedval, including his outlook for the 2013 season, check out his biography page.