Every gymnast grows up with dreams of the big stage, whether the Olympics or the NCAA national meet.
For Boise State senior Kelsey Morris, that moment arrived last year when she competed on bars at the NCAA meet.
This year, she returns as an all-arounder.
Morris competes Friday night in Fort Worth, Texas. The all-around results will be determined after her session. The top four from each of the two Friday sessions in each individual event advance to the event finals Sunday.
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Morris scored a 9.85 on bars at nationals last year.
“It just really made me appreciate the sport of gymnastics that much more and made me thankful for the big stage I was on last year,” Morris said. “It made the sport feel so important, which as a little girl is something I always aspired to look up and see.”
Morris’ experience was brief last year. This experience — her final competition as a collegiate — will be more intense because she gets to perform all four events.
She has the potential to advance to Sunday, having posted a 9.925 or better on vault, bars and floor this season. She posted a 9.9 on bars at regionals, the routine that pushed her into the national meet.
She didn’t know she made it until after the regional meet was over. She had been too focused on trying to get the team to nationals to notice her own progress.
“It isn’t exactly how I imagined it,” she said of making the trip by herself. “It’s a little bittersweet, but I’m still really excited to go and just perform for my team and represent what Boise State is.”